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Playing with Grandchildren


Playing with grandchildren is not only a great pastime for grandparents but also fun and interesting for the child. Find out how grandparents can inculcate the sportsman spirit and help in character building by playing games with grandchildren.

Playing with grandchildren is an opportunity that grandparents look forward to ever since the little ones are born. Although there is a lot of generation divide between the two, planning a fun activity is not at all difficult. Most of the time, it is seen that the ideas for entertainment and play come naturally to the grandparents. Whenever you feel confused on what should you play with your grandchild, you can simply ask him on what he would like to do and then simply play according to his wish; this way the activity becomes fun and interesting for the child as well. Or you can sit together with the grandchild and think about games, that is, innovate game ideas and try them out.

Given below are some common ideas that will aid you playing with your grandchildren:

Sports And Games

What can be better than sports and games? You might already have an idea on what are the favourite sports of your grandchild or else you can just ask them. If you feel that you can play the game with them, like if it is a board game or puzzle, you can join in with them and play. Or else it is also a good idea to watch a game that is liked by your grandchildren, like a basketball, tennis, badminton, soccer or cricket match. This will help the kid to enjoy and understand the game and the fact that you are cheering them on will help them inculcate the sportsman spirit. This plays a great role in character building as well.

Outdoor activities are a great way to maintain health for you and the fresh air will also perk up the energy levels of the little one. You can plan an exercise session or yoga with your grandchildren, but of course you need to have a clear idea on what are the ideal exercises from an expert. Similarly, you can also plan swimming sessions with your grandchildren.

In the same way, most of the children these days are game addicts. This is an opportunity for grandparents to learn this new age recreation as well. If you are not used to the gaming habit, you can even develop the habit of learning and enjoying them on your own, that is, when you are alone and feeling bored. You will find your grandchildren extremely excited and enthusiastic to teach you and share their passion with you.

With Computers

Playing and learning with computers can be a great past time as well an educative activity. It has been observed that when it comes to technology, kids are way ahead of their elder generations. So as you introduce your grandchildren to computers by teaching them the basics, you will be soon pleasantly surprised to discover that the child is now ready to teach you a thing or two! Computers will give them an opportunity to explore the world around and you will know more on the nitty-gritty of techno-web world.

Fun Activities

There can be a host of fun activities that you can indulge with your grandchildren. You can plan an outdoor barbecue. You can actually work together in discussing and preparing the recipe. For grandparents it can be a great way to bond with your grandchildren. You can also plan a trip to the local museum or a play or theater workshop if both of you are have an innate interest in it. Besides, these are learning experiences for the little one as he explores his likes and interests through such varied activities.

Playing simple games with grandchildren or sharing common interests are great fun as this creates a deep loving bond. Games as simple as throwing stones into the water or watching paper boats moving in the currents are simple but fascinating games for children. Board and card games are a great for brain development and learning about fair play. Enjoying leisure time with grandchildren by going out is a also a great fun experience. It provides lots of interesting things to talk and learn about. Engaging in hobbies or activities of interest is great for bonding. So use your imagination and enjoy playing with grandchildren for an overall fun experience.

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