Connect With Your Grandchildren
The bond between grandchildren and their grandparents is precious and of great benefit to both sides. Here are some top tips on how to build and nurture this intergenerational connection as well as inspiration for shared activities across Oxfordshire – our county is jam-packed with fantastic places to suit a variety of abilities and tastes – and closer to home.
5 Tips for Grandparents To Foster The Bond
Take an interest in their hobbies and passions
Share memories with them
Make something or accomplish something together
Pass on your wisdom and stories of life experience
Spend time with them individually
Activities Out & About Together
Day out: Take a walk on the wild side at The Cotswold Wildlife Park, visit the world’s oldest and original model village at Bekonscot Model Village, explore the farm and feed the animals at Cogges Farm, keep them entertained at The Oxfordshire Museum with their interactive exhibitions (currently showing Alice in Wonderland), exciting garden trails and free explorer bags or jump on the mini railway train at Cutteslowe Park to name just a few.
Book a class or activity together: Get little and big hands messy with an art class at Jessie’s Art Shed in Eynsham (her workshops are wonderfully imaginative!), paint your own pottery at Unique Creation in Summertown or, if you prefer to be outside, catch (and eat!) a fish at Bibury Trout Farm.
Sporting event: Watch them play in a match or attend one of their clubs, go to see a local team play, visit Oxford United at the Kassam, or even go a bit further afield to the Races at Cheltenham.
Nature: Enjoy a walk in one of the county’s beautiful green spaces (Oxfordshire County Council has a great selection of walks of differing abilities), go bird watching and help with RSPB audits, Pick Your Own at Millets Farm, go pond dipping and discover the amazing array of wildlife under the water or hunt for bugs, or enjoy something a little more regal and visit the Butterfly House at Blenheim Palace.
Dine out: Go to a restaurant for lunch (The Crown in Woodstock always has a warm welcome), pick up an ice cream on the way home from school (we recommend the Shake Shop in Witney) or introduce them to fresh produce at a farmers market (Summertown Farmers Market on a Sunday is always buzzing).
Activities In & Around The Home
You don’t have to leave your home - there’s plenty to keep both generations entertained:
Reminisce together: Dig out the old photos and tell them stories about yourself and family members, share your favourite books, order a reminiscence box from your local library or even make your own memory box.
Have a rummage: Look through your jewellery box and let them try things on if you are happy to, sort out a drawer or a shed together.
Do a chore together: Make lunch, tidy up the garden, put up a shelf or picture.
Art: Be creative and make cards, pictures and trinkets, collages. Young children love to share things they have made with others and will be proud to take it home with them.
Garden: Plant some seeds indoors (e.g. cress, sunflowers, bulbs) and watch them grow, feed the birds, pick some vegetables, share your produce.
Teach: Impart your knowledge! Teach them to knit, play cards, bridge, sew, use a drill, make thrifty meals, play marbles.