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7 WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDCHILDREN ON A RAINY DAY

How to Entertain Your Grandchildren

At a loss at how to entertain your grandchildren? We’ve all been there. Your grands are over and they are glued to their phones. You want to interact with them but it’s hard to compete with the almighty internet. It is the ultimate entertainment, after all, right? Wrong! You’re way more exciting than the internet. You’ve certainly been around longer. There’s no doubt that you can entertain your grandkids!

7 WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDKIDS ON A RAINY DAY

What you need are some go-to ideas up your sleeve so you’ll always know just what to do. I’ve compiled a list of ideas to entertain your grandkids, no matter their age. 

#1 WAY TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDKIDS: CARD AND BOARD GAMES

The first way to entertain your grandchildren is tried and true — board games and cards. It’s always a good idea to have them on hand. The last thing you want is for them to be stuck on their phones and miss out on a prime opportunity to have some good old-fashioned fun. 

Don’t be afraid to try something new. My family recently did a game exchange. This brought to light the realization that I am not always up for trying new games. I want to get right to the fun, not spend an hour learning the rules of a new game. But you might be surprised at how easy some of these new games are to pick up! They’re also a lot of fun.

 

Ways to entertain your grandchildren with games

Highly Rated (Not to Mention Fun!) Games:

  1. Mexican Train Dominoes, Ages 6+  $27
  2. Splendor, Ages 10+ $36
  3. Connect 4 Neon Pop, Ages 6+ $30
  4. Memory Matching Game, Ages 3+ $18
  5. Telestrations, Ages 6+ $29

 

#2 HAVE A CLASSIC MOVIE DATE

Go all-in with a classic movie day. Create a theater atmosphere with the buttery smell of popcorn and sugary candy. Set out an array of options and allow them to line up and “buy” their goodies. Popcorn, classic movie candy, and snowcones are a must! 

Let them choose the movie, too. Perhaps you can get them to watch a black and white classic with you, but maybe not. Maybe they’ll introduce you to your next favorite! 

Tips to get them to watch a classic movie:

  • Narrow it down to 3-5 options for them to choose from
  • Print or write out a short synopsis of each and make it sound interesting!
  • Make a personal connection with your choices. For example, “This is the first movie your grandfather and I watched together.”
  • Tell them what you love about each choice 

#3  WAY TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDKIDS: PUZZLES

The wonderful thing about puzzles is that they’re great for multitasking. You can chat and work at the same time. They are soothing and relaxing. You can also put a puzzle together while you’re playing games on a smart home device (see my next tip below!).

Ways to entertain your grandchildren with puzzles

  1. The Dog Park Large Format 500 piece, $18
  2. Cat Nap 500 Piece Large Pieces, $19 
  3. Bicycles in Amsterdam 1000 Piece, $22
  4. Dog Days of Summer 1000 Piece, $22

 

#4 GAMES WITH GOOGLE HOME 

 

You may not know that your Alexa or Google Home device can play games. One of the things that make them ideal to play with your grands, as opposed to other digital games, is that you do not have to stare at a screen. They are verbal! A fun and surprising way to entertain your grandchildren.

Ways to entertain your grandchildren with Google Home
Google Nest Hub Max at Target $229

A Few Games on Google Home:

  • Movie Quiz- Google will play audio clips of a movie and you must guess the movie. (Command: “Hey Google, play Movie Quiz.”)
  • Song Quiz- Guess the song title and artist from a small clip. You can choose the decade! (Command: “Hey Google, play Song Quiz.”)
  • Ding Dong Coconut- Google plays a sound and gives you a word to associate with it. For example, doorbell sound and coconut as the word. Throughout the game, you will be expected to recall the words when you hear the sound. (Command: “Hey Google, let’s play Ding Dong Coconut.”)

 

#5 WAY TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: TELL STORIES OF YOUR YOUTH

When I look back on my time with my grandparents, I remember enjoying sitting and hearing their stories. My grandmother was a wonderful storyteller. You might be surprised at how interested your grandchildren are in stories from your past. Stories of the past. Try them out. Get them talking.

Don’t know what to share? My book, Stories for My Grandchild: A Grandmother’s Journal, has plenty of prompts guaranteed to get the words flowing. Not to mention create a special memento for them to look back on. 

 

#6 TAKE THEM TO A MUSEUM

 

There’s no rule that you have to stay in on a rainy day! If you’re looking for a way to infuse some culture while entertaining your grandchildren, why not expose them to something new? See what museums near you are appropriate to their age and make a day of it. 

 

#7 WAY TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDKIDS: MAKE A RECIPE TOGETHER

You can go a few directions here. You can allow them to choose an entree to prepare for a meal. Or you can choose a dessert. Make it as fancy and special as their age allows. 

I hope this list of 7 ways to entertain your grandchildren on a rainy day has inspired you! 

And if you’re lucky enough to live near your grands, you don’t need to wait for a rainy day! Enjoy them at every age. You’ve already learned how quickly our little ones grow up. 

 

Please tell me about your go-to activity when you get to entertain your grandchildren in the comments!

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