The holiday season is the perfect time to spend with family and partake in activities to spread cheer and laughter. For those who have children or grandchildren, December is a great opportunity to try some new activities and get creative at home. For those who struggle with their mobility, rely on aids like straight stair lifts, or can’t get around their home as easily, spending quality time with grandchildren can be a moment that they treasure. In this article, we take a look at some of the best activities to enjoy with grandchildren over the holidays, along with some recommendations from family bloggers.
Board games are a simple way to get the whole family together for some quality time without having to worry about introducing complicated rules. Every family has a board game that they like to
bring out every year and they are a great way to inject some fun and laughter into a family gathering. This is something that Kaz and Lily from The 3am Diary recommend for grandparents looking to enjoy some time with their grandchildren this holiday season.
“Lily is a huge fan of traditional board games and playing these with her grandparents as they really are timeless games that go through the generations. Her favorites are Snakes & Ladders and 4-in-a-Row, both of which she has asked to take to her grandparents’ house when we can hopefully visit them this holiday season. It’s the first thing she asks them to play with her whenever they visit us, and they enjoy it as much as she does! The games are a great way to bond, play together, have fun, and it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside!”
Great Games to play with grandchildren:
- Snakes & Ladders
- 4 In a Row
- Guess Who
Everyone loves a sweet treat around the holidays, and baking is a great activity for kids and grandparents of all ages to enjoy. Baking doesn’t just have to be cakes, you could create biscuits, muffins, and much more. Children always need to be supervised when baking but you can allow them to do simple tasks like stirring, pouring, and cracking eggs.
If you want to make the occasion even more festive, you can get the children to decorate pre-cooked biscuits or help you cut them into festive shapes- there really are plenty of ways you can get creative without having to get complicated!
Holiday baking ideas for children:
- Festive biscuit shapes
- Cinnamon muffins
- Star-shaped cookies
Holiday Card Decorating
Everyone loves receiving cards from loved ones during the holiday season, and nothing is more special than getting a card that has been made with love and care. Children love getting creative and with the help from their grandparents they can decorate their very own festive
Keep things simple and supply the children with some basic materials, like an A4 piece of card, some colored pens or pencils, and maybe even some glitter. They can get crafty and create a festive scene and write a very special message inside to a special person.
Why not explore your local area and see all of the festive lights and houses? Wrap up warm, take a hot chocolate and plan a route to take the children around. Every year thousands of people jump in their cars to take in the spectacular displays created by their neighbors. This is something Victoria from Healthy Vix recommends grandparents do with their grandchildren.
“There’s nothing more exciting than seeing all the amazing, decorated houses in your neighborhood during the holiday season, so wrap up warm and take the grandkids out for a magical adventure to see holiday cheer all around! If the kids aren’t so keen on going out for a walk, make it more exciting with a scavenger hunt! You’ll be able to find a printable list online or make your own. Add 10-20 types of lights or decorations to spot on houses such as snowflake lights, a lit-up tree, icicle lights, a Santa stops here sign, a wreath, white lights, gold lights, a deer ornament or snowman… whatever holiday lights or decorations you can think of. Make a list and see how many you can find and who can spot them first!”
If you’re looking for some festive and creative ways to spend time with your grandchildren, then hopefully this article has given you some ideas to think about. For more articles and guides like this, check out our blog!