Got the grandkids for a weekend and unsure of what to do with them? Bring on the bonding with GemLife’s ultimate list of easy activities to do with grandkids of all ages.
Bubbles are guaranteed to be a hit with the little ones. Watch their faces light up as they discover there’s a little bit of magic in each one. Bubbles are cheap, fun and an excellent way to aid toddlers in developing visual skills such as following, tracking and focusing. If you can’t find bubble mixture in the shops you can make it at home by mixing one cup of water, one tablespoon of glycerin and a quarter cup of natural, biodegradable dish detergent.
There’s something special about curling up together on the couch with a good book. Visit the local bookstore to pick out a new children’s book or, if you kept any books from your childhood or from when your own kids were little, dust off the family favourites for an extra sentimental storytime.
Fun and stimulating, playing with some homemade slime is sure to bring a smile to any toddler’s face and is a great way to promote tactile understanding. Slime is easy to make and is safe and mess-free. Simply heat marshmallows and cooking oil in the microwave, add cornstarch and knead until the slime comes together. This method is nontoxic and safe if consumed.
Twelve and under
Build a puzzle
Perfect for a rainy day or a low-impact activity, puzzles are a fun challenge for all ages. Start with a small 30-piece puzzle and work your way up to a 100 or even a 1000-piece puzzle if you’re up for an extra challenge that will give you something to work on for days.
Teach them how to ride a bike
Ask the little ones’ parents to bring a bike next time they visit or ask around to see if any neighbours have a bicycle to borrow. Remember to hold on tight, be patient and make sure they wear helmets.
DIY ice cream
Fun, delicious and the perfect activity for a hot summer’s day, making your own ice cream is easier than you think. All you need is two cups of milk, half a cup of granulated sugar, a tablespoon of vanilla extract, ten cups of ice and eight tablespoons of salt. Stir the milk, sugar and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into a sandwich-size resealable plastic bag. Place the ice and salt into a four-quart food storage container with a lid. Put the filled bag into the container and secure the lid. Shake for five minutes or until the mixture is frozen and resembles ice cream. Snip a large piece off one corner of the bag and pipe the ice cream into bowls and enjoy.
There’s something special about sharing your favourite films with the people you love. Walk down memory lane with some classic movies from your youth and watch their faces light up as they discover a new story for the first time.
GemLife resorts are surrounded by natural beauty and there is always a park nearby. Grab binoculars and a bird book and head out on an adventure to see how many different types of birds you can identify.
Teach them a family recipe
Pass on a family recipe they can keep forever. Teach them some family history and share the story of the time your parents passed on the recipe to you. Not only will they learn a new skill but you will also create memories that last a lifetime.