When it comes to family time, finding the right activities can be a challenge. This is especially true for wider generational differences between grandparents and grandchildren. With newer technologies emerging all the time, there are fewer opportunities to bond with each other. Nevertheless, if you’re a grandparent, you can consider some of the best activities to do with your grandchild to create new lasting memories with them.
Doing any outdoor activity is a great way to bond outside. For instance, fishing is a great, relaxing activity anyone can do. It’s calming, easy, and gives you time to connect with your grandchild. As you sit and wait for fish to bite, talk to your grandchild about their favorite interests, passions, and ideas. Ask them about their school, life, work, and more. The key thing you need when fishing is patience, though, so don’t be surprised if you’re out there for quite some time.
Alternatively, you can go for a bike ride. There are many ways to stay fit as a senior. Cycling is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that improves brain health, cognition, heart health, and strength. Better yet, you don’t need to be a Tour de France professional racer either. People of any age can ride bikes for fun. You can also take your bike ride as fast or slow as you want. Ride around the block or ride for miles. Just be sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of healthy snacks wherever you go.
Perhaps you and your grandchild would rather bake something delicious. That’s okay, too. Not everyone is an outdoorsy person. Baking is a great way to improve cognition and memory while creating something yummy in the process. Whether you make cookies, cakes, muffins, or something else, you’ll never run out of options to choose from. Don’t be afraid to create something unique to your family, such as an ethnic dish or traditional favorite food, either.
Tell Them About Your Childhood
You may not realize it, but you can be like a living museum to your grandchild. Talking to them about the past is one of the best activities to do with grandchildren. Naturally, you’ve been alive longer than they may conceptualize. Tell them about your childhood and life before new inventions or innovations came about. For instance, tell them what it was like before the rise of smart technology or the internet. You may also tell them what it was like growing up in a time of economic distress, war, or natural disaster. Share whatever you’re comfortable discussing. No matter what happens, your grandchild will be amazed at this new information and knowledge before them.