Extended visits with your grand children is a great way to have fun and build memories. Here are some tips on how to prepare to make your extended visits with your grandchildren as fun as possible.
Make Photo Albums
Put together photo albums with your grand kids that they can have when they go back home to see their parents. Kids love to scrap book and make photo albums so purchase some scrapbooking kits at local craft stores. Then, show them your favorite photos and ones of their parents that you have. Then, create the scrap book and photo albums and personalize them with supplies such as paint, markers, glitter, stickers and colored pencils.
Cook With the Grandkids
Make your favorite recipes with your grandchildren and put together keepsake recipe boxes for them. They will be able to keep your family recipes with them forever. This will give you a fun craft project to do and you can cook a new recipe with them every day while they visit. Keep the box at your home and give it to them when they are older. You can constantly update the recipe box every time that they come to your home to visit. Prepare by taking out your favorite recipes and buying the necessary foods and spices to complete the dishes.
Make a Kid Friendly Space for the Grandkids
Spruce up the space where the grandkids will be staying. Try and make it as kid friendly as possible, add photos of them, buy an inexpensive desktop computer, add some nice photographs or art work and paint the walls a fun color. Choose a theme for the room such as animals or sports that is easy to buy for at your local retail store.
Talk to Your Kids about What Your Grandkids Like
Talk to your kids and see what your grandkids are into. Find out what toys they like, what their favorite color is, what their favorite music is, and what their hobbies are. When you have this list you can plan great activities to do together. For example, if a little girl is into ballerinas then maybe a trip to the ballet and buying her a new tutu would be a great idea. Then prepare by searching online to make reservations and schedule activities that can be done both indoors and outdoors in case of rain or inclement weather.
Buy Kid Friendly Game Consoles
Game consoles such as Wii and Playstation 3 are great ways to get on the same level with your grandkids and have fun. You can buy cheaper game consoles on eBay or Amazon.com. Kid friendly games include Wii Sports and other sports related games for the Playstation 3 these can be found at Game Spot.
Whatever you decided to do with your grandchildren, just remember that you cannot force fun down their throats. It needs to come naturally so do not be too scheduled and regimented just let them have fun and both of you will enjoy your time together.