Summer is in full swing and many parents are lucky enough to have a set or two of grandparents willing to take the kids for a couple of hours, or even a few days over the summer holidays.
Finding things to do that don’t break the bank but hold interest for kids of all ages isn’t as difficult as you might think. Grandparents have a wonderful ability to slow things down and take the time to do what kids love to do, explore.
Here are just a few ideas for summer fun with grandkids:
- Take a nature walk and hunt for frogs or tadpoles.
- Visit the local library and pick up a few good mystery books – read outside in a hammock
- Go to a nearby beach and look for special stones, sea glass or shells
- Bike to the ice cream shop
- Plant a garden – make a special meal of the harvest
- Catch fireflies (and then release them)
- Rent kayaks or canoes for the day
- Hold a lemonade stand
- Dig out an old camera with film and let the kids take a photo walk
- Do a simple craft together such as decorating t-shirts for a sleepover
- Wash the car and have fun getting wet
- Take a train or bus trip
- Go fly a kite – the beach is great for a steady breeze
- Play mini-golf
- Teach classic games – marbles, checkers, chess
- Check out local outdoor concerts
- Dig out the telescope if you have one or get a book from the library on constellations
- Go garage sale shopping for games
- Visit the county fair
- Pick berries and make jam or pie
- Watch a drive-in movie
Keep a scrapbook of all the adventures you have together and it will bring back wonderful memories year after year.