Welcome to Lolly Time!
As a grandmother, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to keep young kids occupied and engaged, especially when they’re cooped up inside the house. However, with a little creativity and ingenuity, it’s entirely possible to come up with fun, safe activities that will keep them entertained for hours on end. In this blog, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ideas for keeping young kids engaged with activities both inside and outside of the house as well as teaching them sewing (my personal favorite!) and other “old school” crafts that are having a long overdue rebirth.
Outdoor Activities for Kids
Getting kids outside and engaged in outdoor activities is an excellent way to keep them stimulated and active. Take them on a nature walk or bike ride or let them play in the backyard. With spring around the corner, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Whether you have a large backyard or a small balcony, there are plenty of ways to get creative with outdoor playtime.
Indoor Activities for Kids
When the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor activities, there are plenty of indoor activities that can keep kids entertained and engaged as well. One of my favorite ideas is to have a craft day. Gather up some construction paper, markers, glitter, and glue, and let the kids get creative. You can also set up a sensory station with play dough, kinetic sand, or water beads.
For more active indoor play, consider creating an obstacle course or scavenger hunt. You can use pillows, blankets, and other household items to create a fun and challenging course for kids to navigate. Or, hide clues around the house and have them solve riddles or puzzles to find a hidden treasure. These activities are not only fun but can also help with cognitive development and problem-solving skills.
Cooking and Baking with Kids
Another fun activity that is sure to keep kids entertained is cooking and baking. Get them involved in the kitchen and have them help with measuring ingredients, stirring, and decorating. Not only is it a great way to bond and spend time together, but it can also help instill a love for cooking and baking from a young age.
And, of course, sewing!
Teaching younger kids how to sew can be a fun and rewarding experience for both the teacher and the student. Sewing is a valuable life skill that can help children develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creativity.
As an expert in the field, I believe that starting with simple projects and building up to more complex ones is the best way to introduce children to sewing. This might involve learning the basics of hand-sewing, such as threading a needle and making a simple stitch, before moving on to using a sewing machine. Safety is also important when teaching kids how to sew, so it’s important to teach them how to use the equipment properly and supervise them closely. In upcoming posts, we will explore different sewing projects that are suitable for children of different ages and skill levels, as well as tips and tricks for making the experience enjoyable and educational.
Join Grandma’s Quest for Fun and Safe Activities
Keeping young kids occupied and engaged doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By incorporating a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, you can create a well-rounded experience that will keep them stimulated and excited. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more of my favorite activities and ideas for keeping grandkids entertained. Join me on my journey and let’s explore new, creative but “old school” ways to excite and entertain our grandchildren together.
Lisa (aka Lolly)
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