During the school year, your grandkids’ schedules are so packed that spending time with them is often limited to holidays and special occasions. Now that school is out and summer is near, your precious grandchildren are going to be looking for ways to keep busy. If spending time with grandma and grandpa is on the list, you’ll want to be prepared with some fun summer activities. Here are some creative and exciting ways to spend time with your grandkids this summer.
Staying active is ideal for healthy living. Gather the grandchildren up and prepare for a bike ride. It’s a great way to exercise and unplug in the great outdoors. Just be sure everyone has the proper gear to remain safe on your excursion. Ride a trail at the park or through the neighborhood together.
Looking for a fun way to incorporate education during summer break? Taking the kids on a camping trip is just the summer activity to try. Teaching them how to survive in nature is an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. Even if you can’t afford to go camping, you can set up shop in your backyard for some fun under the stars. Roast marshmallows, tell stories and find the constellations under the midnight skies.
Arts and Crafts
On days you want to stay indoors you can still enjoy your time with your grandkids. Arts and crafts can be fun for all ages and there are plenty of projects you could work on. You can order supplies like blank shirts from ShirtSpace.com, some fabric paint, glue, and other accessories and let the kids design their own t-shirts.
Start a Garden
The summer temperatures are perfect to start a garden with your grandchildren. Gardening is great exercise, it gets the kids away from the screens, and there are valuable lessons to be learned. Teach them how to grow their own fruits and veggies or plants and flowers. Then, throughout the year you can share photos of how their work is turning out.
Cooking is a fun activity for grandkids all year long. Find an easy recipe online of some of the delicious summer meals and recreate them in your kitchen. If it’s really hot why not take the cooking outdoors on the grill? You can turn it into a full-on cookout with water games, snacks, a little music, and of course, great food.
This time of year communities are doing everything they can to bring residents together. This means hosting free and affordable events for families. Check with your city hall to find out what kinds of community events are going on this summer. You can take the grandchildren to fairs, festivals, parades, carnivals, outdoor movies, concerts, and more.
Visit the Library
Reading is fundamental but during the summer season many kids tend to put the books on the back burner. Keep your grandkids interested in the magic of reading by taking them to the local library. There are often activities going on throughout the week that kids can participate in including readings, plays, arts and crafts, and other performances.
Head to the Beach
What’s a summer break without a beach trip or two? Plan a day trip to the beach with your grandkids. Pack some food, snacks, drinks, and other essentials like towels, sunscreen, bug guard, and swimwear. Throw everyone in the car and hit the road. You guys can have fun swimming, making sand castles, and chowing down on good grub. Who knows? Maybe you could even hit the boardwalk for some rides, games, and carnival treats.
It’s not often that you get to spend time with your grandkids. So, when the summer season hits and school is out of session, make the most of it. Doing fun and creative activities such as these keep them entertained, happy, and healthy, but it also allows you guys to create memories that will last a lifetime.