Grandparents share more and more of the parenting duties these days. With two parents working, it can be tricky to find quality child care at an affordable rate to coincide with your schedule. That’s where the wonderful Grandparents come in. Not only are they the most trusted members of the family, but they are also the most experienced in childcare, having raised their own. Still, that may have been quite some time ago, and times have changed. If you’re looking for fun ideas to keep the little ones entertained for a few hours, you’ve come to the right place. Give some of these a go!
Baking is so old-fashioned and boring, isn’t it? Wrong! There are plenty of really fun things you and the little ones can create. All you need to do is put a wild and wacky spin on some of your old-time favorites! For example, you can find out how to make cake pops like a pro from cakejournal.com, or you might turn a regular apple into a candied apple with just a few cake decorations. Keep the fun, colorful, and just a little bit treat-like to hold their attention. Why not whip up a cheeky hot chocolate while you wait for the oven to finish?
You can make this a fun and exciting activity by turning it into messy play. Ditch the brushes and let the kids use their hands, feet, and old toys to create their artwork masterpieces. Have a warm bowl of water handy to wash off the kiddy-safe paint again. All you need for the artwork are some large pieces of paper laid out on plastic coverings on the floor. All of these things are available from good toy or art stores. You can also pick out waterproof coveralls to ensure the clothing stays immaculate. Of course, these paints rinse off very easily without permanent stain.
This one may require a little more planning and time on your part before it begins. It doesn’t matter what the treasure is. It might be just a picture of a treasure chest, or it might be a new stuffed animal. What the kids will love is solving all the clues they have to hunt for. They can be hidden all over the house and garden. All you need to come up with is some bright ideas on where to place them, and some riddles that reveal their location! This is a really good one to tie in with current curriculum challenges the kids are facing at school. If they’re starting counting, make them take different numbers of steps to find the clue. You can try missing letter clues to boost spelling, or even crossword clues to identify the next location.
Taking care of the kids can be really tiring, but if your time together is structured and purposeful, you’ll both find it lots of fun. Best of all, you can be engaged with the kids to turn it into quality time together. After all, they’re going to grow up so fast, just like your kids did! What fun activities do you and your grandkids get up to?