“Since the search was for Dad, I let him have a lot of the input as to where he wanted to go. This community was nice. We liked it a lot. The community appeared clean and well maintained. The staff was nice, friendly, and professional.”
Fun Activities for When Your Grandchild Comes to Visit Back
Have you ever heard the phrase, “There’s no place like home except Grandma’s?” Senior community living allows you to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. This includes having your grandchildren come visit you at your house! Your grandchildren are always just as excited to see you as you are to have them come visit you. There are lots of activities you and your grandchild can do together that will make your time special and memorable. Here are a few enriching ways you can spend time together during your next visit:
Cook a Meal or Bake a Treat Together
Whether the kitchen in your unit is big or small, your grandchild will love learning some of your skills and recipes. Ask him or her if they have a favorite dish or treat from your kitchen and then teach them to make it! Not only will you fill their belly with yummy food, you will create a memorable time together for years to come.
Show and Tell
Yep, you heard that right! Show and tell isn’t just for kindergarten. Grandparents and grandchildren can create a deep, meaningful connection when they share stories, objects, and experiences with each other. Ask your grandchild to bring something they would like to show you and tell you about, and have something ready to share as well. Often times, these planned discussions lead to the best unexpected discussions that deepen our bond with each other.
Read a Chapter Book
If you have a grandchild that comes regularly, reading a chapter book together is a special treat for both of you. Take turns picking the book to be read, and you can enjoy quality time together as you participate in your own mini book club. If your grandchildren live far away, take advantage of technology and read over the phone, or video chat through Skype or Facetime. A few great books to get started with are The Tale of Despereaux, Matilda, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Give Each Other a Manicure
This activity is great for grandkids at any age. Little ones and teenagers alike will love coming to visit if it means pampering is involved! It is easy to turn your room into a beauty salon for the occasion. Grab some inexpensive bottles of nail polish and nail files for a few dollars. Take turns painting as you catch up on each other’s lives, as well as the latest and greatest in books and movies of course!
Visits to see you in a senior living community don’t have to be intimidating for your grandchildren. These activities and many more will make grandchildren visits memorable and meaningful; making them feel right at home!