By Cassie Brewer (see below for more information)
Spring has finally sprung and that means our grandkids will soon be out of school on break. Whether that means babysitting the grandchildren or getting the opportunity to have the kids come visit for a few days, spring provides us a unique chance to spend time with our favorite little ones. To help us make the most of our time together, we have compiled a list of fun ways to enjoy the season with our grandchildren.
Play with shadows. Use the abundant sunshine for fun and games. Play a game of tag where you try to step on each other’s shadow or throw a sheet on the clothesline to create the ultimate shadow theater. If you have a little time, you can create a sundial in the backyard.
Design your own backyard theater. Do you remember the enjoyment of going to the drive-in movie theater? Help rekindle those memories by using an old sheet and projector to build our own outdoor movie theater. Don’t worry if you don’t have a projector, you can whip up one with a smartphone and a shoebox. With a little ingenuity and help from Netflix, we can be streaming our way down memory lane in just a few minutes.
Build a free library. Use your curbside to help the community and bond with the kids by creating an ongoing project all Spring. Construct a weatherproof set of shelves to make your tiny free library and fill them with your favorite gently used books for all ages to borrow and trade. For a fun twist, consider creating a small food pantry for the neighborhood!
Plant a garden. Kids love to dig in the dirt and tend plants. Build on their natural interests in all things grimy and squirmy to teach them about the benefits of toiling in the soil. Plan a day when you can go visit the local nursery to pick out plants or buy seeds to grow the ultimate garden. Afterwards, we can spend a few hours together plotting out the seedlings and working beside each other. This will offer us unlimited opportunities to grow and connect while tending the garden.
Try geocaching. Take the grandkids out for a day of adventure with a real life treasure hunt. Geocaching gives you basic coordinates to help find caches near you in public areas. Most caches have small toys or trinkets inside. The premise is to take one and leave something behind in its place. To get started, you will need a smartphone or gps and access to a list of geocaches online. For more information, look online for a step-by-step guide to help you program your gps and find coordinates. After you get the ins-and-outs figured out, you can be out the door looking for the hidden treasure in just a few minutes.
Bake up something yummy. Nothing says Spring like the first farmer’s market of the season. Treat the grandkids to a morning of exploring and finding new foods to try as you walk up and down the aisles of the market. Spring usually has plenty of strawberries, chards, and asparagus available for cooking. Use a child’s interest in baking to take advantage of Spring’s first offerings together.
Tell stories. Do you remember the thrill of listening to our grandparents spin a good tale? Our grandkids are no different and love hearing about when we were young or the predicaments their parents might have experienced. This is a great way to continue the family oral traditions and ensure that our heritage isn’t forgotten. Don’t worry about telling stories where you had to climb uphill both ways to get to school, our grandkids will be fascinated with the days of our youth and love the one-on-one attention. As an added bonus, you could write down the stories together and create family keepsakes that they can share one day with their grandkids.
Get outside! Today’s children spend about 9 hours a day looking at a screen of some type. Help break this vicious cycle by taking them outdoors to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest. Go for a walk, pitch a tent, take them fishing, fly kites, or play a game of frisbee golf. The main idea is to give their eyes a break and provide a little fresh air.
What fun ideas do you have to spend time with the grandkids this Spring?
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer