- Do a puzzle together. Keep puzzle out on a table to work on over time. Help little ones find the corners and match the colors together.
- Play card games. Pick a traditional favorite or learn a new game together. Family Friendly Card Games include Uno, Rat-A-Tat-Cat, Too Many Monkeys, Spoons, Phase 10, RoosterFin Rooster Race, Hoagie, Smack It and more!
- Bake & eat something simple (i.e. cookies, s’mores, personal pizzas, exotic tacos, hot dog kabobs) and maybe share some with a friend/neighbor too.
- Visit a museum, aquarium or zoo together.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Turn an ordinary walk into an adventure. Make a list of items to find (red leaf, Y-shaped twig, a feather) and start walking and collecting. If your family needs more of a challenge, make rhyming clues that they need to figure out or take a camera with you and have kids take a photo of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Yes, bring Pokemon if you must!
- Look at photo albums together. Children love to see pictures of themselves (and their parents) when they were younger. Make a point to tell stories about specific pictures or find funny things in the pictures (i.e. Grandma’s weird hairdo from way back when).
- Play a video game together. Children will experience role reversal when they teach adults how to play.
- Go to the library and research something new together. Pick a topic and find interesting facts together. It’s nice to find a cozy corner and share a story or two as well.
- Interview each other. Prepare a list of questions to ask and then video tape the interview to learn some unknown facts about that person and have a memory to keep for later. (i.e. favorite things done with family as a child, most memorable trip or vacation, favorite activities or hobbies).
- Prepare and go on a picnic together. Make sandwiches or cut fruit together, pack a blanket and maybe a deck of cards and a radio and find a nearby park to enjoy your picnic.
- Color with crayons or colored pencils. All ages enjoy the reward of finishing a picture.
- Plan, shop and make dinner together. Find a new recipe or an old favorite and get cooking.
- Blow bubbles. See who can make the largest bubble or the most in 10 seconds.
- Feed the ducks. Raid your fridge for grated cheese, cooked potatoes, cooked rice, breakfast cereals, frozen vegetables, pancakes, rolled oats , cooked lentils, pearl barley, split peas, sweetcorn, lettuce, grapes, strawberries, vegetable trimmings or peels – all trimmed to small pieces. Leave the bread at home as it is not good for ducks and geese!
- Go to a farmers market and make a game of it by looking for items for each letter of the alphabet (apples, broccoli, carrots).
- Volunteer together. Find an organization where you can serve a meal, pick up trash or just visit with someone who needs a friend. It is great fun to stuff and deliver holiday baskets. Kids get to see the results of their efforts immediately!
- Start a family newsletter or blog or vlog and share it with friends and family – make it interactive so they respond. Little ones love to receive mail.
- Watch a movie together. Don’t forget the popcorn!
- Swing together at a local park. This childhood favorite can be enjoyed by everyone…young or old.
- Keep a scrapbook of the things you have done together and add to it every time you do
With the holidays around the corner there are sure to be family gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Here is 20 Intergrenerational Activities to entertain the whole family, from the tiniest tike to the friendliest grandma.