There’s no getting away from it being a grandma is pretty special. After all, not only have you raised your own kids, watching them spread the wings and leave the nest to live their own lives, fall in love get married and raise cute chicks of their own.
Bird analogies aside, time that grandkids spend with grandparents should fun, exciting and memorable. There are tons of activities that little ones can help you with from baking, gardening, and sewing to painting and feeding the cat while older kids will love to see old photos, hear stories about their parents as kids and find out what life was like before the internet, mobile phones and even proper cars!
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Create A Family Scrapbook
Not only is this a fantastic way to spend a rainy afternoon but it’ll also get kids into family history after all everyone should be proud of where they come from. Have a look to see if you’ve got any photograph duplicates, or pictures you’d be happy to give to the kids for their book. Tell them what their mom or dad was like as a kid, then a teen, what their favorite foods were or the naughtiest thing they ever did! Use photos to show them how people dressed in bygone ages and what families did for fun. Why not help them to draw a simple family tree? It’ll show them who’s related to who well as giving you the chance to talk about the day their mom, or dad was born. You could also show them how people used to correspond and that having a telephone in the house used to be the height of sophistication.
Watch Really Old Movies
You may have seen all the old classics, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Breakfast At Tiffany’s but they definitely won’t have! If you’ve got a projector and screen set it up in the living room or connect your phone to the TV and stream the film from the MovieBox app which has a host of archived films to choose from. Why not show them what cartoons used to be like? YouTube has tons of clips of The Flintstones, Topcat and Looney Toons as well as even older shows like Deputy Dawg and Space Angel. Little ones might even enjoy seeing the visible strings on the original Thunderbirds or squeal in delight at the hilarious exploits of Watch With Mother’s eponymous trio Rag, Tag, and Bobtail.
Help Bake Cookies
Give them a chance to get good and messy in the kitchen by helping you whip up a batch of vanilla, chocolate or peanut butter cookies together. Make sure you have plenty of aprons on hand, in a pinch old dress shirts will do and then get those budding chefs baking! Older kids are more than capable of helping you weigh out, and mix ingredients while you could charge little ones with the simpler tasks of separating cookie sheets and deciding what toppings to use. There’s no need to stop at cookies either as there are tons of kid-friendly recipes out there that taste brilliant!
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.