Fun, Inexpensive Things to Do with Your Grandkids

(Posted September 1st 2018 @ 11:20 AM by: Peggy Readout)

Fun, Inexpensive Things to Do with Your Grandkids

Your grandchildren are coming to spend the week or the weekend. How exciting! But how will you keep them entertained?  How will you channel all that energy? Amusing children does not take an exorbitant amount of time and money. Spending time with them and being creative is more important. All sorts of household items can become toys with a little imagination.  Here are several suggestions.


Old-fashioned paper dolls are fun. Cut out the models from an old clothing catalog and glue them to cardboard. The dolls can be traced to make clothes. Don’t forget to leave tags that can be folded to attach the clothes.  Catalogs can also be used to decorate dollhouses. Turn a large cardboard box so that the opening is on the side. Let your grandchild cut paper rugs, mirrors, paintings, furniture, and windows from catalogs to glue inside the house.


Your grandchildren can make airplanes and boats with the Styrofoam meat trays or plates. Trace the body of the airplane onto the Styrofoam. Cut out with sharp scissors. Cut a slot through the plane to insert the rectangular wings that also are cut from the Styrofoam.


With older preschoolers and children, make musical instruments from aluminum pie pans. Put dried peas or beans between two pie pans. Glue the edges of the pans together, and you have a tambourine.


Both boys and girls enjoy playing with play dough, and you can make your own.  Pour 1½ C. boiling water in a large bowl. Add 2 T. cooking oil.  Use food coloring to create different shades. Combine with 1 C. flour, ½ C. salt, and 2 t. cream of tartar and mix well. Knead until smooth. Use cookie cutters to make various shapes.  Squeezing dough through a garlic press can make “hair” to decorate faces.


Puppet shows are always fun. Use a large appliance box to design a stage. You can make puppets from old socks. Add felt eyes and yarn hair. Encourage your grandchildren to use the puppets to act out stories and parables

from the Bible.


Turn a gardening glove into a story glove by painting each finger to represent a different character.


Educational and spiritual games and toys can be fashioned for grandchildren with little expense.  Just let the creativity flow.


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