Activities that will keep your grandchildren entertained
There might be nothing better than spending time with your grandchildren, but what happens when you run out of ideas on how to entertain them? It can be tiring, especially if you’re looking after more than one grandchild. Here are some ideas to keep the boredom at bay, and you might just be able to get that cup of tea and have a 5-minute break before they want your attention again.
Encourage them to play board games
Everyone enjoys a good board game, even as adults. Bring the board games out from the loft or cupboard they’ve been stored in and help them set it up if they need it. This is a really fun activity and is likely to take up a couple of hours so you can relax.
Let them play dress up and make up plays
If you don’t mind, let the kids dress up in your clothes. They’re guaranteed to have a lot of laughs wearing their grandparents’ clothes and it will probably provide you with a lot of humour too. Just make sure to hide away any special clothes that you don’t want them to touch. If this isn’t an option, the fancy dress box will be just as fun. You can encourage them to use their imagination and create characters, and maybe even practice a play to show you later. This little project should also pass a lot of time so you can get on with other tasks, if you’re not too distracted with how funny they look!
Get the crafts and paints out
Let them get creative! Give them different textiles and materials and just let them use their imagination. Alternatively give them a brief and see what they produce! Just make sure to cover your tables in a plastic table cloth and put their aprons on to prevent too much mess.
Stare at clouds
For a very chilled but fun exercise to do with your grandchildren, get a couple of chairs and sit outside looking up at the clouds. Make up stories about what shapes, animals, and figures you see. This will encourage both of you to use your imagination and can actually be a really great way to pass the time and create memories with your family.
Build a den
Give them lots of blankets, duvets, pillows or anything else you have around the house and designate them an area to make a den in. After they’ve made it, they’re likely to want to stay in it for hours and play inside it. Be prepared to crouch down and crawl inside, because they’ll probably want to show you their hard work.
Play volleyball with balloons
Blow up a few balloons and let them play volleyball. This is fun for any age and who cares if its not a special occasion! You can join in or let them play together.
So while you will always cherish time with your grandchildren, when you need a little break these are some activities that you can take a back seat on.