100 Free Things To do With Grandparents

A field guide to more smiles, more fun, more memories

by The Editors of Garndparents.com

Memories of a lifetime are made from the simplest pleasures, ones that don’t necessarily include buying a $50 personalized teddy bear or a $200 video game system. At Grandparents.com, we brainstormed and came up with a list of 100 free things to do with your grandchildren of all ages. You might need some materials — like construction paper, paint, uncooked pasta, or an old shoe box. But, for the most part, these activities are free and provide the little diversions in life that make the bond between you and your grandchildren even stronger.

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1. Build a Shoebox Dollhouse26. Learn Rummy 500
2. Assemble a Pinhole Camera27. Thumb Wrestle
3. Make a Shoebox Guitar28. Make Sock Puppets
4. Write a Letter to an Elected Official29. Play Hot Lava
5. Make Paper Snowflakes30. Discover Decoupage
6. Play Board Games31. Have a Staring Contest
7. Make a Mini-Proscenium32. Make Your Own Puzzle
8. Play Sardines33. Throw Water Balloons
9. Set Up a Bowling Alley With Bottles34. Make Paper Bag Puppets
10. Make a Mobile35. Walk Dogs at a Shelter
11. Invent a Dessert Together36. Freeze Juice Pops
12. Create a Collage37. Craft a Pasta Necklace
13. Take a Firehouse Tour38. Turn Old Jewelry into New Jewelry
14. Teach Them How to Tie a Tie39. Play Dress Up
15. Play Along With a Game Show40. Make a Shoebox Diarama
16. Take a Hike41. Build a Terrarium
17. Make a Craft Stick Box42. Make Your Own Bubble Bath
18. Practice Shadow Puppets43. Play Music With a Wine Glass
19. Cut Up Pillowcases for Costumes44. Publish a Family Newspaper
20. Play Pretend Store45. Decorate Masks
21. Download an iPod Walking Tour46. Show Them the Spoon on the Nose Trick
22. Tell Tongue Twisters47. Use Your Green Thumb
23. Make a Comic Book48. Come Up With Palindromes
24. Draw a Life-Size Me49. Go Sledding
25. Visit the Library50. Take an Alphabet Walk

51 – 100


51. Explore the Secrets of a Dollar Bill76. Bury Someone in the Sand
52. Personalize Place Mats77. Put Together a Time Capsule
53. Make a Coaster78. Make Your Own Stickers
54. Make Noisemakers79. Celebrate Backward Day
55. Play Two Truths and One Lie80. Listen to Vinyl Records
56. Play Croquet in the Backyard81. Get Manicures and Pedicures
57. Create Your Own Colored Clay82. Do Some Leaf Rubbing
58. Make Water in the Desert83. Make a Dandelion Necklace
59. Make a Battery Out of a Potato84. Redesign Your Fridge
60. Play Marco Polo85. Play Statues
61. Cook With Only What You Have86. Sing a Song Together
62. Work With Tools87. Take Photos
63. Craft a Bird Feeder88. Have a Dizzy Bat Race
64. Play Rock, Paper, Scissors89. Make a Mentos Soda Explosion
65. Play Simon Says90. Erupt a Vinegar Volcano
66. Catch Fireflies91. Play Hangman
67. Play a Game of H-O-R-S-E92. Throw a Dance Party
68. Capture the Flag93. Start a Puzzle
69. Play Red-Light, Green-Light94. Build Cushion Forts
70. Write Your Own Quizzes95. Make Cardboard Box Forts
71. Swap Skills96. Have a Sunday Sundae Party
72. Stand an Egg on Its End97. Try Your Hand at ‘Snow Dots’
73. Play “Exquisite Corpse”98. Throw a Fudge Party
74. Go on a Scavenger Hunt99. Make Snow Angels
75. Create a Story That Goes and Goes100. Tell Jokes

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