Building Bridges: 10 Fun and Meaningful Activities for Grandparents and Grandkids

Activities for grandparents and elderly folks can enjoy with the children in their lives.
Amelia Protiva
2 min read

Research has repeatedly demonstrated the plethora of benefits that both grandparents and grandkids experience from mutual interactions, from decreased loneliness to enhanced physical and mental well-being. Intergenerational interactions have been connected to an increase in life expectancy for the elderly, and have the power to foster empathy, build core memories, and promote mutual understanding.

Here are 10 simple activities for grandparents and elderly folks can enjoy with the children in their lives:


There's magic in storytelling, whether it's sharing personal stories from life’s experiences or diving into the pages of a well-loved book together. Storytelling sessions ignite imaginations, preserve family histories, and strengthen bonds through the power of shared narrative.


Whether community gardens to patio container gardens, growing things together is a therapeutic and educational enrichment activity. The process of carefully tending to plants, watching them grow, and harvesting can foster a sense of responsibility and wonder.

Arts + Crafts

Expressing creativity through the arts through painting, pottery, woodworking, or scrapbooking is wonderful for mutual self-expression. Grandparents and children can collaborate on projects, creating tangible keepsakes.


In the kitchen and around the table, generations come together to create culinary masterpieces and nourish our bodies. From cherished old family recipes to fresh ideas from Pinterest or Google, cooking and eating together is a beautiful way to build bonds.

Music + Dance

Music transcends age, bringing rhythm and melody into intergenerational gatherings. Try making music together or learning a new (or old) dance together.

Board Games + Puzzles

Board games and puzzles can bring laughter, learning, and some friendly competition. Elderly and children engage in problem-solving, communication, and teamwork, strengthening bonds with a dice roll or found puzzle placement.

Home Projects

Home projects like building birdhouses for the backyard or tackling necessary repairs around the home foster a sense of accomplishment and collaboration while providing an opportunity to pass down core life skills.

Sewing or Knitting

Many seniors have incredible skills with a needle and thread, skills which require concentration and collaboration. Passing these talents down to younger folks requires patience and consistency and is the perfect shared activity for a grandparent and easygoing child.

Writing Letters

In our primarily digital age, having a pen pal and exchanging physical letters or packages is a special treat. Especially for long distance families, writing is another incredible way to share stories and life experiences.

Nature Expeditions

Exploring the great outdoors through a good old fashioned neighborhood wander, park picnic, or hike on a local trail creates opportunities for shared awe and curiosity for the natural world.

Remember, the most important thing is to spend time together, creating memories that will last a lifetime. What are some of your favorite activities to do with your grandparents or the elderly folks in your life?

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