The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is incredibly important, with benefits to both generations. But the age difference, especially if it’s larger than usual or if your children don’t see their grandparents regularly, can make it hard to connect. If there’s a distance between your family, or you are worried that they simply don’t know how to enjoy each other’s company, here are some activities that they could try together.
Go for a Walk
Going for a walk together in the park or in the grounds of their retirement community in Los Angeles is a great way to get away from screens and distractions and enjoy each other’s company. Most of us find it easier to connect outside of the house, and conversation often flows more freely when we are moving.
Just make sure any walks are suitable for all age groups and that no one is left behind or left feeling as though they can’t keep up.
Baking with grandparents is a classic activity for children of any age. Very young children can help with mixing and making a mess decorating cupcakes. Older children might enjoy learning how to make cookies or cupcakes, and even older teens can learn a lot from a cooking lesson from a grandparent. This kind of activity gives your parent a chance to use their skills and feel useful, which can help to improve their mental health.
Puzzles and Board Games
Puzzles and board games can be fun for any age and are an activity that different generations can enjoy together. Take turns picking your favorite games and look in second-hand stores for some old classics to enjoy. Even something as simple as a jigsaw puzzle is ideal on a rainy afternoon at home.
We don’t automatically associate video games with grandparents. Consoles and video games have been around for a long time now, with older generations being familiar with the concept these days. Your children will love showing off their favorite games and giving the adults in the room tips and advice, and your parents might even be able to rediscover some old favorites.
Draw a Family Tree
A family tree is a great way for your parents to tell stories, and remember some good times, and for your children to learn more about their family history. If a basic tree is something that they enjoy, perhaps they could start researching together finding out more about the family and adding more depth to the tree. A long-term project like this is an excellent way to strengthen bonds.
Tell Stories and Read Books
Stories and books can be enjoyed at any age. Grandparents will have plenty of stories to tell and will often be far more interesting than any book.
Crafts can be intricate and detailed, but they can also be simple and basic. Even if your family isn’t very artistic, they could enjoy some painting and coloring together.
Most of us have fantastic memories of visits to our grandparents’ homes when we were young. These activities can help to ensure your children form the same close bonds and build fantastic memories with their grandparents.