With kids out of school, the summer can be the perfect time to foster intergenerational relationships. Here are a few fun activities all kids – young and old – can enjoy together:
- Cooking: One great way to celebrate your family’s rich traditions while enjoying some quality time together is to spend some time in the kitchen making favorite family recipes. Whether it’s your great-grandmother’s spice cake recipe, or maybe your daughter’s favorite soup recipe, cooking and eating together can be a great way to bond.
- Swimming: The pool is one of the best places to get some exercise and play time in during the summer. With so many life jackets and floats available for children, kids of almost all ages can partake in the fun. And the water is forgiving to seniors who suffer from bone or joint pain.
- Arts & Crafts: Studies show that exercising our creativity can keep us young and sharp. Get out the water colors or markers, or make collages together out of old magazines and newspapers.
- Volunteering: Volunteering is a great, feel-good way to spend time with each other while teaching children about the importance of helping others. Organize a neighborhood clean-up day, or perhaps contact your place of worship and see if they are in need of some extra hands.
- Storytelling: Kids love stories, and seniors have so many stories to tell. Pack a picnic and tell stories or read books underneath the shade of a tree together. It’s a great way for kids to work on their reading skills while also hearing tales from their grandparents’ past.