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July 10, 2014

15 Fun Outdoor Activities for Older Adults & Their Grandkids

School’s out for summer and with that comes more opportunities to spend time with your grandchildren. Kids can grow tired of an activity quickly, so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared with several options to keep them busy, active, and healthy.

We’ve put together a list of 15 great ways to spend time outside with your grandchildren that should keep them entertained all while building memories.

  1. Go fishing. Teach them how to bait their hook and cast their line, then enjoy sitting together while you wait for a bite. 
  2. Sell lemonade. Not only can you pass on your favorite lemonade recipe, but you can also teach some entrepreneurship. 
  3. Plant a garden. Who doesn’t love playing in the dirt? Planting a garden will not only give you an activity for the afternoon, but watering and checking your plant’s progress will provide entertainment for months to come. 
  4. Go on a picnic. Your grandchildren can help pack up your meal and play in the park before and after eating. Just make sure you follow our tips for safe picnicking
  5. Go swimming. Visit the neighborhood pool or a nearby lake and cool off with some water play. 
  6. Go berry picking. Once you bring home your haul, you can put your grandchildren to work in the kitchen baking some delicious berry treats. 
  7. Run through the sprinkler. Few things scream “summer!” like children running through the sprinkler. Set up a mini water park in the backyard your grandchildren are bound to enjoy. 
  8. Fly a kite. You’ll probably have more fun trying to get it in the air than actually watching it fly. 
  9. Go putt putting. It might be a test of your patience, but your grandkids will have a blast making their way through all 18 holes. 
  10. Go to the zoo. Not only does the zoo provide a great learning opportunity, you’ll also get your activity in walking between each attraction. 
  11. Catch fireflies. Find a jar and punch holes in the lid, then show your grandchildren how to make “nature’s lantern.” 
  12. Visit the farmer’s market. Take an opportunity to teach your grandchildren about healthy eating and local produce. Buy the ingredients to make a great dinner together. 
  13. Go on a nature walk. You could even create a scavenger hunt full of nature items to find along your way. 
  14. Play catch or Frisbee. The old classics never die. Find that old baseball glove and teach your grandkids how to throw. 
  15. Make homemade tie-dye t-shirts. It’s a craft you can wear all summer long and your grandkids are bound to enjoy making their own design.

Have you tried any of the above activities with your grandchildren? How did it go? Share your memories in the comments below!

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