Grandparenting might be underrated in the modern world, but you can never take it for granted. Suppose you live in a joint family with grandparents; you’ll never know how your kid grew up. In that case, when you move out to live in a nuclear family where all you have is your kid and spouse, you might be able to understand the point we’re trying to make. Since this is one of the universal realities, you need to acknowledge, the presence of grandparents can do significant wonders for you and your grandkids.
Here, we have enlisted vital pointers for you to incorporate whenever visiting your kids’ grandparents. Besides the point, it is understood how hard it is to raise kids. This is where dedicating your life to their doings becomes a part of you. In addition, there comes a time when you’re not present to offer advice and outlining of life or even to indulge in parenting activities. Grandparents of the modern era are relatively more involved than their childcare providers, live-in family members, weekend hosts, and visiting playmates. So, let’s get started with it and understand all the activities a grandparent can indulge in with their grandkids.
When you visit your grandparents, consider taking both of them to a nearby park to experience the sounds and sights of nature. As a grandparent, tell your grandkids to collect some treasures like leaves, flowers and make something extraordinary to remember the entire outing. This allows them to make nature walk a bit educational. You can even buy a nature kit for your child to take with them.
Arts & Crafts
Most kids love the feeling of getting crafty. Here, even grandparents like to pitch in their experience and their love for arts and crafts. However, as a parent, if your kid does not have a proper kit for arts, consider buying one for them to play with their grandparents.
Cooking & Baking
Having mentioned that already, cooking and baking are two of the essential activities your kids can indulge in with their grandparents. So, if your kids like to bake or cook, have them visit their grandparents to make the most of their time and energy.
Puzzles & Games
Oh well, checkmate, kids! This might be the best thing you can do with your grandfather. Enjoy a bit of an intricate time of yours. Remember, most of the board games you have played with your kids are still famous with your grandkid’s generation. If you do not know the games you need to play with your grandchild, check out card games and puzzles like crazy eight and hearts. And, guess what? Floor puzzles are still the favorites. So, make a wise choice.
Gardening is not only therapeutic but also potent for the heart and brain. But, just wonder how you would feel growing pumpkins, berries, vegetables, and flowers with your grandchildren? While you sow the seeds, have your little ones water the seed with a watering can. As a grandparent, you can also teach them a thing or two about such activity. And, don’t forget to teach them the basics about every gardening tool.
Like parents love to read short stories to their kids, grandparents have an instinct for these things. Not only does your grandma love to do it before your bedtime, but she also adores the fact that she is experiencing this. So, as a parent, have your parents pick the right book for the little one.
Hit the playground from the word goes with an ever-so-energetic grandkid of yours. From exercising to playing specific sports, there is so much to discover and experience together. But, just be prepared for several minutes to push me more if your little one gets hooked to this activity.
Goose. Duck. Duck! Well, your grandkid needs to learn a thing or two about birds as well. And, some of them are fascinated about bird watching too. So, bring your grandkid to a nearby local park to have him, or she observe birds and ducks. And, if you are lucky, you can have them collect feathers and store them forever.
Teach a Hobby
Remember, a hobby is not just a hobby. As a kid, you tend to develop whatever you learn as a hobby. And, it is essential to learn new things like knitting, fishing, and everything your grandkids can make the most of. You can even look for websites and books with insights into introducing children to their hobbies. So, consider buying a kid’s fishing pole, toolbox, knitting set, model car kit, or anything that can pique a kid’s interest. Speaking of which, fostering an all-new hobby is one meaningful way to make memories and pass the time with your grandchildren. You can introduce your grandchildren to your world of crafting and knitting with such knitting needles.
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Everyone loves summer break, especially students. Just watch students on the last day of school; they grin from ear to ear as they throw papers in the air and backpacks under the bed or in the trash. It is a time to celebrate. The lazy and hazy days of summer are about to begin. However, as much fun as summer can be with swimming, video games, and vacations, it is not the time to stop learning.
The summer slide or summer setback is a real phenomenon that occurs each year. Specifically, students often lose math skills and most disadvantaged youth lose both math and literacy skills. After this particular school year with remote learning and disruptions occurring regularly, most students are already behind in some areas. Summertime offers an opportunity to dig deeper into topics that hold your child’s interest. With more time to explore, now is the time to read, take a coding class, create artwork, and discover new talent.
So, in addition to the usual summer pastimes of swimming and video games, here are a few activities that will add learning and fun to your kids’ summer.
Summer Math Game
One way to approach the summer slide is to create a well-rounded weekly routine that includes all aspects of your child’s education. You can begin with Math Mondays. Not certain how to keep your child engaged with Math? Common Sense Media for an array of math games and apps for all ages.
You can also create math games that include physical activity. Cut out puddles using blue construction paper. Add a number to each puddle. Place the puddles on the sidewalk and begin the game by calling out a math problem such as what is 6×8? The child must then jump to the puddle with the correct answer. This game requires exercise for the brain and the body.
Another math game that is a lot of fun but doesn’t require physical activity is a secret code game. Begin by writing a secret message your child must decode in order to read. First, decide what your message will be, assigning a number to each letter in your message. Create math equations that match the answers needed to reveal the message. Then, create a decoder list that includes each letter of the alphabet your child will use to decode the message. You can even give your child extra incentive by making the secret message the Wi-Fi password for the day.
Fun with an Abacus for Math Monday
Toolkit Tuesdays – kids baking cookies
Create a toolkit loaded with art supplies including markers, scraps of material, pom poms, paint, paintbrushes, glitter, glue, construction paper, tape, yarn, sewing supplies, buttons, and more. Put your toolkit to use and add to your child’s creativity by checking out Art Projects for Kids. These projects range from simple three-step creations to more involved masterpieces.
Art can also include baking. What better way to spend time with your kids than to create a homemade cake or pie? You can begin with an easy recipe and then as your children improve their skills, you can add recipes that require more involvement. From Pixie Dust Cookies to Snickerdoodle Apple Dump Cake, you’re sure to find recipes that the entire family can devour. Baking is also a great way to encourage math skills since your children will need to understand measurements. Once they become experts in the kitchen, you can encourage them to double a recipe or reduce it in half.
Writing Wednesday – journaling in the garden
If you’d like a different kind of entertainment, find a good book. When was the last time you took a visit to your local library? The librarian will show you the latest books for both children and adults and even make suggestions according to your child’s preferences. You can take the book to the beach or pool. And, once your child finishes it, she can keep track of what she liked (or didn’t like) about it in a journal.
Wednesdays can focus on writing skills. Encourage your child to write in a journal as a way to help improve his or her writing. If your children are willing to share their writing with someone else, their writing improves even more. Writing with an audience in mind helps develop stronger skills.
Bullet journals have become popular with all ages because of their creativity and usefulness. Wednesdays can be the day to create pages in the bullet journal. It is also a way to use some material from your ready-made toolkit to decorate the pages in the journal. The best part about a bullet journal is the freedom your children have to make it their own.
Girl reading her favorite book
Celebrating the completion of a coding activity
Technology Thursday does not mean sending your children off with a tablet in hand and letting them play games; they have the entire summer to do that. Create a technology day with purpose. Learning to code is more than just technical skills, it introduces children to building logic and creative thinking. Skills that are necessary for school and the workplace. Through the use of puzzles, riddles, coding games, and other types of challenges, coding teaches skills like problem-solving, patience, creativity, and persistence. Even children in preschool can begin to learn the concepts of coding. Learning how computers work and technology, in general, will give your child an advantage in school and in life. Many free sources are available online such as code.org and scratch.mit.org.
Most children already feel comfortable using technology, so you can increase their skills by choosing a coding course for kids. This site will let you see some of the options available for children of all ages.
Learning Microbit Coding
Taking the dog for a walk
The summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and try a new activity along with some tried and true fun. From flying a kite, riding bikes, taking a hike to plant a garden, the summer allows you to find fun in a variety of outdoor activities.
A great way to build coordination and maybe a little competition is to create an obstacle course. You can have your children help you create a course in your backyard. They can circle around lawn chairs, hop over cones, and crawl under a sliding board. Time your kids go through the course the first time and then see if each one can beat their first time. Depending on the number of children in your backyard, you can create teams where they encourage each other through the obstacles.
The original article was originally published at Skool of Code
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