You Don’t Need to Spend Money
from the desk of Kay & Leslie, Founders of Grandparentslink.com
Some of us think we need to go out and buy gifts for our grandchildren, when in fact we can just spend quality time doing fun activities with them, without doling out money. We have compiled a list of multiple activities. We are sure you have many more ideas and would love your comments and input so we all can make an even longer list. Come on and join us, making this the longest ‘to do list’ EVER! Email us/comment so we can add your thoughts.
Play catch in your yard or at the park.
Build a marshmallow tower or a paper cup tower.
Put on a CD and sing/dance together.
Go to your favorite park or try out a new park, and bring a picnic.
Picnic in your yard. Or if it is wintertime, have a picnic in your home.
Teach your grandchild a different language. What about ‘Pig Latin’ (https://www.ehow.com/how_4670_speak-pig-latin.html), or ‘Ubbi Zubbi’ (https://www.ehow.com/how_2365114_speak-ubbi-dubbi.html)?
Cook/ bake together.
Do stretching or yoga together.
Teach your grandchild a new card game.
Watch a favorite movie or video and eat popcorn.
Visit a museum that is free. There are many museums that do not have admission fees.
Play a board game like Checkers or Candyland, Monopoly, Scrabble, or Chutes and Ladders.
Teach your grandchild how to play Chess.
To get everyone moving, play Twister or Cranium Hullabaloo.
Read together and draw pictures about the story.
Play tic tac toe or hangman.
Take a walk.
Create a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt with fun clues in or out of the house.
Check your favorite mall and see what type of activities they are presenting.
Draw together, color, paint.
Just pretend! Let your grandchild tell you what kind of pretend game he or she wants to play: be a veterinarian, put on a pretend animal show with the stuffed animals, be a princess, play family, on and on.
Drive around your city and point out favorite historical or architectural buildings. Discuss what you know and like.
Show your grandchildren some of your favorite outdoor sculptural pieces, i.e., the sculpture garden at UCLA.
Make paper bag or sock puppets.
Go to story or music hour at your local library or children’s bookstore.
Go to your closet and play “ dress-up”.
Put up a tent in your house or in your backyard.
Run through the sprinklers.
Make a mural.