Nowadays, seeing loved ones in person isn’t much of an option for many people. This is especially true for older adults who can’t travel due to COVID-19 or live far away from family members, including grandkids. If you’re someone who is struggling to stay connected to your grandkids, keep reading. Here are five ways to spend virtual time with your grandkids.
- Cook Together
Cooking or baking with your grandkids can be a fun (and yummy) way to spend time with your grandkids virtually. Choose a simple recipe for them to follow, and you can walk them through it step by step over a video call via Facetime or Zoom. Virtual cooking can be an excellent way for kids to begin learning new skills in the kitchen while having fun and eating some tasty food!
- Watch a Movie Together
Most kids love watching movies. From Disney classics to the LEGO film franchise, there are a lot of options. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your grandkids by doing something they enjoy and experiencing it together.
There are a few ways for you to watch a movie with your grandkids virtually. The most common way is to use Teleparty (previously known as Netflix Party). Teleparty is a program you can add to your internet browser to virtually watch TV shows and movies with loved ones. If both you and your grandkids have Teleparty installed, you can watch movies together!
- Play Games Together
Another great way to spend time with your grandkids virtually is to play games with one another. Playing games can be done online or with physical board games.
The app called Caribu is a perfect way to get started. This app allows you to play virtual games with your grandkids in real-time. They have various games to choose from, focusing on memory, puzzles, sequences, and more. So, not only can you have fun, but your grandkids can also benefit from playing educational games.
Kahoot is another way to spend time with your grandkids virtually. Kahoot is an online trivia website where you can play fun trivia games with friends and family, all for free.
If you prefer playing board games with your grandkids, there are options for that too! One great example is the classic game Battleship. As long as you and your grandkids both own the Battleship game, you’re good to go. All you need to do is get a video call going and set up your battle stations from home.
- Virtual Bedtime Stories
Many kids enjoy a bedtime story before bed and reading to them can be an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with your grandkids at the end of the day. You can read to them through a video call or simply over the phone as well.
It can be a great bonding experience to pick a book together and read with them at night. Not only is it a bonding experience, but it can also be an opportunity for your grandkids to sharpen their reading skills if they’re following along with their copy of a book.
- Share a Walk
Some people would rather engage in an activity that’s less virtually focused—if this sounds like you, going for a “walk” with your grandkids can be a great option. You can start a video call with your family and the kids while you both go for a walk wherever you are.
Sharing a walk is a great way to stay active while also spending quality time with your grandkids. They can show you what they’re seeing as they’re walking like plants, insects, and wildlife. You can also ask them about their day and what’s going on in their life!
It can be challenging to stay connected when you’re separated from your grandkids. Thankfully, there are many ways to connect with them through virtual means like cooking and watching movies together. Don’t be afraid to try something new and see what your grandkids enjoy the most. Have fun and start spending more time with your grandkids today!