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5 Engaging Crafts to do with Your Grandchildren

December 27, 2019

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From video games to movies and YouTube channels, it seems like your grandchildren have so many interests that weren’t around when you were a kid. With all the new technology, it can be a challenge these days to connect with your grandkids over an activity. There’s no need to worry, because we have some ideas for entertaining grandchildren.

If you’re looking for activities to do with grandchildren, it might be time to go back to the basics. What happened to making crafts by hand? You want to connect with your grandchildren and share some of the experiences from when you were a kid. But it can be hard to think of engaging craft ideas.

That’s where we come in! In this post we’re going to show you some engaging activities to do with your grandchildren. Before you know it, you’ll be making meaningful memories with your loved ones.

The Benefits of Doing Crafts with the Grandkids

Before we dive into the craft ideas, let’s talk about the some of the benefits. As a grandparent, you want to help nurture your grandchildren. One of most important skills for children to have is creativity. Crafts are your opportunity to help that creativity flourish. Plus, your family will get the added benefit of building more meaningful memories that can last a lifetime.

Aside from crafts being at the top of the list of fun things to do with grandchildren, they come with health benefits for both you and your grandkids. But one of the best benefits of doing crafts with your grandchildren is giving them an opportunity to express themselves.

Activities to do with Grandchildren: 5 Engaging Crafts

1. Create a Family Tree

Chances are you may have created a family tree when you were in school. But this honored tradition is a great way to start your crafting journey with your grandchildren. All you need to get started is a piece of paper and some markers. This craft is also a great opportunity to pass down some family history to your grandchildren. You might even spark some meaningful memories about your family while you build out the tree.

2. Build Your Own Bookmark

Reading is at the top of the list of fun things to do with grandchildren. What if there was a craft that could get your grandchildren more excited about story time? Well look no further! All you need is some glue, a popsicle stick, markers and some colorful construction paper. Have your grandchildren make a flower or cool shape that will serve as the top of a bookmark. Add some color and construction paper for a personal touch and you’re ready for reading!

3. Make Your Own T-Shirts

When you think about ideas for entertaining grandchildren, drawing might be the first thing to come to mind. Buy some blank t-shirts and get some colorful sharpies together. You can have your grandchildren freehand their own creations or print out some stencils if you’re going for a certain look. Don’t worry, there are no bad ideas or wrong answers for drawing on the shirts. As an added benefit, your grandchildren will be reminded of your time together whenever they wear the shirt.

4. Decorate a Picture Frame

Fun things to do with your grandchildren and pictures go hand in hand. Take a trip to your local craft store and buy a picture frame with plenty of room for decoration. Next you’ll want to have supplies to decorate the frame with, such as markers, stickers, glitter and paint. From there it’s time for you and your grandkids to get creative! Every time you look at the picture, you’ll be reminded of the wonderful experience you shared.

5. Make a Charitable Craft

From knitting hats or socks to sewing your own quilts or blankets, there are plenty of opportunities for charitable gifts. Do a little research to see if there are any charities or shelters nearby that could use some help. Once that is set, you can start making your items with help from your grandchildren. You’ll be teaching them a valuable skill like knitting or sewing while showing opening them up to the spirit of generosity.

A Vibrant Lifestyle is Waiting at Franciscan Ministries

Finding engaging activities to do with your grandchildren is all about forging meaningful moments and building connections. At Franciscan Ministries, our senior living communities strive to reach those same goals. For the residents that call our communities home, there is no moment too small to celebrate.

If you’re looking to enjoy life on your own terms while following your passions, our communities are right for you. Contact our friendly team today to learn more about the vibrant lifestyle that’s waiting to be discovered at Franciscan Ministries.