Summer is a great time for a extended visit with your Grandchildren. In a time of iPod, Nintendo, Twitter and texting, keeping them happy and occupied can be challenging. There are some creative and affordable ways to have quality time with your grandchildren and not go crazy. Here are some tips for different ages to have fun with your Grandchildren the old fashioned, low tech way.
In a ironic way they are the hardest to take care of when they visit, but they are easiest to keep occupied and happy. Of course as any Parent or Grandparent knows with a baby in the house whether they are mobile or not its all about being prepared. My husband always gave me a hard time when we would go on trips when our daughters were babies it looked like we were moving. My motto with babies and children is “better to be over prepared than under prepared”. Always be sure you are fully stocked with formulas, food, diapers and medicines. One Step Ahead has a great line of colorful, stimulating baby toys priced from a low $6.95 to $32.95. You will be able to find essential teethers and even toys that are designed to keep them happy in the car.
One of the most exciting and tiring ages of your Grandchildren, where you get to see them cruising and walking. At this age you will need to be sure you have all the necessary baby proofing items for your home. Here from Leaps and Bounds you will find indoor safety items like Bed safety Rails and cabinet safety locks. Be sure to check our the section for outdoor and travel safety you will find great items for the Beach and car trips. Finding toys to make a toddler happy is easy. They are so excited about being mobile and able to explore they love just about any toy, and even simple household items. Some inexpensive favorites are bubbles, and any kind of large building blocks like these from Wal-Mart that are easy for them to handle
My daughter who is four at this age is all about dress up and pretend play. At this age they have such a wonderful imagination. You can choose to purchase some dress up clothes like these, or let them rummage through Grandma and Grandpas clothes. Lillian Vernon has a cute Star Wars dress up play set for boys, and a sassy Diva dress up set for girls.
For younger school age children like my older daughter I find they love to craft and create. Some of her favorite toys she has gotten are jewelry make kits, painting crafts and even knitting. Michaels has a large array of craft sets for children. My daughter has actually made some of their bead pets, her and her friends loved them. For boys they can make the birdhouse craft kit with Grandpa. Check here to see their full selection, and to find a store near you to see what they have to offer. For older school age children board games are a excellent choice. It is sad to say in this age of technology many do not even play board games. You can not go wrong with a classic like Monopoly, Clue or Sorry. You can find these classics at Target and they will probably find some new games. They have games featuring favorites like Twilight, Sponge bob and Littlest Pet Shop. And if you have room for outdoor fun grandchildren of all ages would be thrilled to play with some of these water slides and sprinklers.