Spending time with grandkids is one of the many joys of retirement. Grandkids are curious, high-energy, and can help seniors stay active. At Buckner Retirement Services, the senior independent lifestyle we offer helps residents stay active and spend quality time with their grandkids.
The importance of spending time together
There’s no relationship like the one between a grandparent and their grandkids. Grandchildren learn so much from older generations, and grandkids bring both fun and a new perspective to their grandparents. Spending time with younger generations can be a vital part of staying social and keeping up to date with the family.
Having a relationship with grandparents can create a more stable family environment for kids and give them another adult in their life that they can trust, spend time with, and confide in.
Three activities to try out this fall
While there may be a big gap in ability between young kids and seniors, that does not mean they can’t enjoy some of the same activities. There are plenty of enjoyable activities for grandparents to do with their grandkids.
Fishing is easy to coordinate and keeps kids busy, even with limited mobility. Fishing can take up an entire day on a boating excursion, or it can be a small part of your day at your local lake or river. It is an excellent way for seniors to get outside and can teach children valuable lessons like patience and environmental responsibility.
Visit a park
Spending an afternoon at the park is a wonderful way to spend quality time together. It is a great way to get fresh air, explore the community and get some exercise. The park offers many activities to do with grandkids, all available in one location. An afternoon at the park is a perfect way to let kids explore and be active while spending quality time with their grandparents.
Most parks facilitate many fun things to do, including:
- Going for a walk
- Drawing with sidewalk chalk
- Walking dogs
- Playing outdoor games
- Flying a kite
- Having a picnic
Spend time in the kitchen
Cooking and baking are two of the most versatile activities that grandparents and grandkids can do together. Whether you are a dedicated cook or baker—or brand new to the craft—you can have fun with your grandkids as you whip up new recipes in the kitchen.
Try teaching them an old family recipe, or make new memories by trying a new kind of food. Kids learn valuable lessons in the kitchen that they will take with them for the rest of their lives.
Even young kids can have fun in the kitchen by making food in different shapes, decorating cookies and learning about other kitchen utensils.
Keep up with your grandkids at Buckner Retirement Services communities
We know how important family is to senior wellness, and we value and promote the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. We encourage you to contact us today by calling 855.931.5688 or filling out our online contact form to learn more about the lifestyle we offer at Buckner Retirement Services.