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June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

The following are some ideas of things to do with your pre-teen grandchildren:

- When your granchild has a sleep-over, have a 'Let's Imagine Box' beside the bed. Fill a small gift box with slips of 'let's imagine' questions. This works even if the child is unable to read yet. It will allow you to get to know your grandchild in a different way.

Some ideas are:

1) Let's imagine that you are going to look for buried treature, where would you look? What kind of treasure do you think you would find? What would you do with it if you found any?

2) Let's imagine that you are flying in the sky with an eagle, where do you think you would go? Do you think you would make the sounds of an eagle or would he talk like you do? 3) Let's imagine that you are sitting on a large fluffy cloud and you're floating in the sky, what do you think you would see when you look around? Who do you think would be with you? Or put some personal slips in the box that relate specifically to that child.

- Another variation on this is story-telling where you begin the story and then the child adds his own bit of creativeness and between you, a story grows. It's interesting to see where the story goes and it gives another opportunity to know and relate to the child. It could begin with: 'Once upon a time Reilly was on his way to visit his cousin Jaeden when he passed Mr. and Mrs. Miller's house. He rarely saw the elderly couple but today they were sitting together on the porch. Their old rockers moved gently back and forth, squeaking loudly on the weathered boards. "Hello Reilly," they called. "What are you going to do today? You look like you're in a hurry to get someplace. Have you got a fun day planned?" And then the child can continue with the story. It can go back and forth with each of you giving the story your own little twist. My grandchildren have enjoyed this but they usually want to do the ending part themselves.

- If have several grandchildren, give each one their own special day by planning an event centered around only them. Some ideas for this can be to take them for lunch or make a special lunch for them with their favorite food or let them choose their favorite desert, go someplace special or have a 'curled-up with popcorn and their special treats' movie day. If others are present, make that child feel special by having a king or queen crown that he/she can wear.

- Spend time together talking and listening.

- Play the child's favorite games, perhaps Go Fish or Snakes 'n' Ladders.

- Plant a small garden together or if this isn't possible, plant some seeds in a plant pot and watch them grow. Let the child look after it himself.

- Make a framed certificate that the child can hang on his wall stating all of his special qualities.

- Send the child home with love notes telling him/her how special he/she is to you and that you're very happy they are your grandchild.

- Make a personalized happy birthday story about your grandchild.

- Make Christmas ornaments with your grandchild that they can hang on the tree. A child's happy face is much more important than a perfectly color coordinated tree.

- Go to the beach or an open field and fly kites together.

- Go on a picnic or at least have one in your back yard or on the balcony.

- Do an Album of Events, a book compiled of things you have done with your grandchildren; special excursions, favorite places, pictures of them with family, friends or a pet. The child will feel the love surrounding him with every page he turns.

- Sing songs and read books together.

- If you have several grandchildren together, play games, i.e.: 1) Let's pretend, a child's version of charades where the child can pretend to be a galloping horse, a robot, a snake or whatever they can imagine being. 2) Mirrors and Shadows where one child copies the movements of another while facing each other and then they reverse their roles. 3) Stepping stones - at the beach step on certain stones, in the sand step in each others footprints, in a field step on dandelions, patches of clover or buttercups, etc.

- Make going picking berries an annual tradition.

- Plan a puppet show for a family occasion.

- Give lots of hugs and kisses.

It is important to remember to keep games and activities suited to the abilities of the children playing. Competitive games should be modified to create cooperation between the children. Games should also be simple for young children with as few rules as possible.

Children will look back on these memories with fondness and you will have developed an unbreakable bond with your grandchild.

Sylvia Behnish has written numerous articles relating to family issues, motivational topics, entertaining, travel and brain injuries. For more information on any of these topics, go to her site listed below. She has recently published her first non-fiction book entitled "Rollercoaster Ride With Brain Injury (For Loved Ones)" and her first fiction novel entitled "His Sins", a three generation family saga.

Either of the above books can be ordered by e-mail at the following blog:

http://www.sbehnish.blogspot.com

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