Call us now on

0800 201 4811

How to entertain your grandchildren this summer

Mark Gale

Mark Gale

Author

Lifestyle

Are you taking care of the grandchildren this bank holiday? Whether it’s for a couple of hours or for the entire weekend, the prospect of looking after youngsters in this day and age can be daunting.

But before you jump to foregone conclusions of spending the whole time attempting to coax a sentence out of your them while they play on their high-tech gadgets, we have plenty of ideas for fun things to do with grandchildren. Bridge the age-gap, teach them something new, feel closer to one another and create some great memories with your grandchildren this bank holiday weekend and onwards into summer.

Go bug hunting

 

 

Adventurous and nature-loving children of all ages will love this activity! With younger children, all you’ll need is a plastic tub (like an old ice-cream container) and some foliage – like a bush, shrub or tree. Hold the tub under the leaves and give them a shake to see what falls out. If you’ve got a book on creepy-crawlies, see if you can identify the bugs together.

Older children will prefer the hands-on approach, and can be trusted to delve through the grass or use a trowel to dig up worms and other creatures. Ask them what they’ve learned about bugs at school, and challenge them to find out the name of every bug they catch - it will definitely give them some stories to take back to school when summer has ended.

Create a masterpiece

 



If the weather takes a turn for the worse, keep them entertained indoors instead. Spread a tablecloth over the dining table (or on the floor) and use the underside of an old roll of wallpaper for drawing paper. Grab pens, pencils, chalk, and wax crayons; make stamps out of slices of potato to stamp with paint; use leaves and flowers as stencils, and let their imaginations run wild. Then hang their works of art on the wall, or let the children proudly present them to mum and dad when their fun at granny and grandads’ is over.

Tell stories about your childhood

 

 

Kids love stories, but there’s no need to reach for a book to entertain them when you’ve got memories to share. You’ll be surprised how intently your grandchildren listen when you tell them of your memories as a child. Choose tales from childhood that they can relate to - what school used to be like, where you went on holiday, the clothes you used to wear, toys you used to play with, and especially stories about their own parents, aunts and uncles.

You’ll have them rolling around laughing when you tell them about the time their mum or dad did something especially naughty or silly. You could really inspire their imaginations if you have any old toys or photographs to show them.

Get busy in the kitchen

 


We can guarantee that the grandchildren will have a brilliant time helping you in the kitchen. Just be prepared to get flour and icing sugar everywhere - children are experts when it comes to making mess. Pinnies are a must here! Bake fairy cakes or pizzas with older children, so that they can learn to beat cake mix or knead dough. With younger children try making cornflake cakes, or let them help to ice the fairy cakes once they’re ready.

Do A fashion show

 

Teenager grandchildren can be particularly difficult to please, but at this age they’re developing their own personal style, and might love experimenting with some of your old clothes. Find dresses, suits, hats, jewellery and accessories for them to try on, and take pictures of them all dressed up. Not only will it be a great laugh, but you might find they even love some of your ‘vintage’ pieces – be prepared to part with some items, which could be given a whole new lease of life in their hands!
 
Whatever you love to do with your grandchildren, summer is the time to really bond. If your loved ones are into crafts, consider bringing them along to GrandFest, RVS's festival to introduce skills to a younger generation. If you can't make the events in London, be sure to keep an eye out on the McCarthy & Stone website for events and workshops across the country.




Like this article? Subscribe to receive updates...
Subscribe to receive notifications when we post new articles to our online magazine.
By subscribing to these updates you’re agreeing to receive email updates when new articles are published to the McCarthy & Stone online magazine.
We’ll never send you spam or sell your details. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Related Articles

Lifestyle

Sheffield – The Steel Centre of the World

Famed for its industry and innovation, the green, modern cityscape now replaces the smoking chimneys from the industrial revolution. There’s a friendly, independent and alternative spirit that can be hard to find in other cities alongside a thriving cultural scene. ...Read more

Lifestyle

The Top 11 British Hidden Gems

Where are the best locations in the UK to visit... that you've probably not heard of? We've ranked the best hidden gems around Britain, that are easy to access, and offer a great weekend away with the family. ...Read more

Lifestyle

Do Pets Make You Happier?

Whether you're a pet owner or have a pet free home, animals of all kinds have been proven to improve the happiness of their human counterparts. To find out more McCarthy & Stone conducted a survey to see how pets enrich their owners lives. Here are the results! ...Read more

Lifestyle

Let’s Dance 

It’s sociable and fun, and it’s good for your health and your brain – time to put on your dancing shoes  ...Read more

Lifestyle

The Thought Behind Your Home

Prospective homeowners will be delighted to know all aspects of their new living space – including the communal areas – have been considered during the design process, helping to make their lives more comfortable and a little easier  ...Read more

Lifestyle

Making your memories last forever

It’s never been easier to keep your most precious memories alive. From personalised photo albums and keepsakes to specially commissioned biographies and films, there are many ways to create a very special legacy – and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it. Here are a few ideas to inspire you  ...Read more

Lifestyle

5 Recipes For A Royal Wedding

We look into the perfect recipes to pair with a royal wedding. We've picked out the most delicious, as well as the quintessentially British for the special occasion! ...Read more

Lifestyle

The Best Golf Courses in the UK

Now is a great opportunity to get out on the fairway and get practising. We've looked into some of the best golf courses in the UK, including golf courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to get you ready and eager to tee off this spring and summer. ...Read more

Lifestyle

Small is Beautiful - Balcony Gardening

Creating a beautiful outdoor space on a balcony can bring a lot of pleasure to you and your visitors for minimum effort. Balcony gardening offers the joy of plants but without the work that usually goes with a garden – you shouldn’t have to do much weeding for a start, you won’t get slugs, and there’s no lawn to worry about! ...Read more

Lifestyle

Advice For Low Maintenance Gardening

Let’s be honest, we’d all love a gorgeous garden that would blossom with just the wave of a weed-wand. But I can’t be the only one who finds that a few minutes pottering turns into hours of pruning, trimming and raking at times.  ...Read more

Lifestyle

Great British Outdoor Experiences the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Finding an activity that the whole family can enjoy together can sometimes feel like a tall order, especially amongst the hectic schedules of our day to day lives. However, spending time together in the great outdoors is the perfect way to leave behind those digital distractions and create some precious family memories that will last a lifetime. ...Read more

Lifestyle

Inspirational Retirement Stories

You may wonder just how you will spend your retirement or worry that you will not find enough activities to fill your time. This can be far from the truth, these active retirees share their inspirational retirement stories  ...Read more

Lifestyle

How Do You Want To Live Your Life?

Enjoying a fulfilling retirement isn’t just about where you live. How you live plays an equally important role when it comes to getting the most out of what ought to be an extremely rewarding time of life.  ...Read more

Lifestyle

Dating for over 50s: how to find love in later life

Love in later life can seem daunting. If you’ve been married for some years and are recently divorced or widowed, looking for love is a whole lot different today than it was back when you were young. But that’s no reason to be put off – you’re never too old to fall in love! ...Read more

Lifestyle

Behind the Scenes

There’s a vast team working all year round at McCarthy & Stone to make sure that every homeowner in every development receives the best of the best. Here we talk to three of them… ...Read more

Lifestyle

How we help every step of the way

McCarthy & Stone knows that communication is key when it comes to making a decision as big as moving into a retirement development, which is why it has staff ready to talk through the process, says Rachel Halliwell ...Read more

Lifestyle

Return of the Spider Plant

Remember when trailing greenery hung from macramé pot holders in every bay window in the country? Well, the good news is house plants are back in vogue. Here’s how to make the most of them ...Read more

Lifestyle

Inspirational Generation

Are you member of the Inspirational Generation? We want to hear your stories. Enter our competition and tell us why - you could be in with the chance of winning £2,000! ...Read more

Lifestyle

Starting a new chapter in your life

Many people feel apprehensive about selling their family home, says Rachel Halliwell. Yet McCarthy & Stone managers see the worry and weight being lifted from the shoulders of homeowners once they move in. It’s like being on a permanent luxury holiday, said one ...Read more

Lifestyle

What we don't miss about being younger

The study by leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, reveals sitting exams, enduring the daily commute and the stress of running a family, are among some of the things the older generation DO NOT miss about being younger. ...Read more

Lifestyle

The Teams Behind the Scenes

McCarthy & Stone has a vast team working round the clock to make sure that every homeowner in every development receives the best of the best. Here, we talk to three of the key players...

...Read more

Lifestyle

Behind the scenes: Interior design

A lot of work and careful planning goes into creating the beautiful interiors of a McCarthy & Stone development. Interior designer Hannah Gernon explains how she arrives at the finished results ...Read more

Lifestyle

Childhood memories at Waverley House

Mary Kent lived at the first McCarthy & Stone Development to be built, Waverley House in New Milton. Here, her granddaughter Tania Harland shares wonderful childhood memories of spending time there, which inspired her to work for McCarthy & Stone when a job opportunity came up 10 years ago. ...Read more

Lifestyle

5 gardening tools for the elderly

Whether you've been a gardening enthusiast for years or only recently discovered the joys of green fingers, getting your hands dirty in the garden can become more difficult in later life. We look at tools that can make this hobby easier. ...Read more

Lifestyle

GrandFest

Come to GrandFest and join us throughout June and July for a celebration of heritage skills in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service. ...Read more

Lifestyle

A Date To Remember: 1977

It was a year of social unrest, high inflation, patriotism and punk rock. It was also the year that John McCarthy and Bill Stone built their first retirement apartments. As McCarthy & Stone celebrates its 40th anniversary, we take a look back at the highs and lows of 1977. ...Read more

Lifestyle

40 Years On...

Celebrate 40 years of retirement living solutions with McCarthy & Stone. Discover how we are commemorating this special event here! ...Read more

Lifestyle

Finding Love In Later Life

They'd both lost their partners 9 years ago and moved to a McCarthy & Stone development, but little did Ann and Robin know they were about to start something very special...

...Read more

Lifestyle

Frontline Extra

We are excited about the next few months! Mother’s Day, the feel good movie of the year could well be perfect for your mom this Mother's Day! ...Read more

Lifestyle

Finding love

Meeting someone new in later life, for companionship and love, can seem impossible, but these couples show that it can happen! ...Read more