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9 Holiday Activities to do with Grandchildren

November 1, 2022

Looking for holiday activities to do with grandchildren? Grandparents play a pivotal role in the lives of their grandchildren–especially around the holidays. Whether they live nearby or stay in touch from afar, grandparents provide love and leadership that can make a positive impact on their grandchild’s development. 

While grandparents often serve as caregivers and teachers, today we’ll focus on their role as playmates! There’s nothing more valuable than time well-spent with your grandchildren, but it can be difficult to find things to occupy their time and attention. 

Looking for some fun things to do with your grandkids? Check out these ideas for grandparent/grandchild activities to do around the holidays: 

Bake holiday treats

Time to pull out the family recipe book! Baking or cooking with grandchildren is a fun, delicious and festive way for grandparents to share skills and family traditions while spending quality time with their little loved ones.

Get crafty 

Arts and crafts provide kids with an outlet for creativity and self expression, which can help grandparents get to know their grandchildren a little better. From do-it-yourself ornaments and snow globes to building gingerbread houses and more, there are so many ways to get creative with holiday crafts. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of 50 Easy and Festive Christmas Crafts for Kids. 

Pass on the value of giving back

Whether giving back by volunteering or donating, including your grandchildren in the outing is a great way to teach them about generosity and the importance of giving back to those in need.  

Go holiday shopping 

Similarly, consider taking your grandchildren holiday shopping with you–but not for themselves. Encourage them to shop for their parents, friends and teachers while you’re out and about. You can also take this opportunity to teach your grandkids about kindness, generosity and how giving to others can be way more rewarding than receiving.   

Read aloud

Curl up by a fire and read aloud together. When you read aloud, you are not only helping your grandchildren become readers, but you’re also creating memories that will last a lifetime. Holiday-themed or not, let them share their favorite books with you, and you can share a few of your favorites with them! 

Play games 

Does your family have a tradition of playing a certain game around the holidays? From card games and board games to word games and puzzles, there are so many games to play with your grandchildren. Playing games is a fun way to engage with your grandchildren while also teaching them about taking turns and showing good sportsmanship. 

Go on a holiday lights tour

Grab some hot chocolate, bundle up and take your grandchildren on a stroll (or a car ride) to look at the festive lights around your neighborhood and city. Your grandkids are likely to be enthralled by some of the neighbors’ decorations! 

Teach them a hobby 

How do you like to spend your free time? Whether it’s knitting, playing guitar, gardening, fishing or something else, share the skill with your grandchildren. They will enjoy learning how you spend your time, and you may even introduce them to a new hobby to pursue! 

Go caroling

Spread some holiday cheer (and show off your adorable grandchildren) by taking them caroling around your neighborhood. Let them pick a song and spend some time practicing together before you head out. 

We hope you enjoy these festive  activities with your grandchildren this year. Happy Holidays! 

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