Grandmas typically love to be with their grandkids, but sometimes we can’t for a variety of reasons. Long distance, sickness, and custody challenges are a few possible reasons, but each means hugs and kisses are temporarily set aside until things change. Here are 7 fun online things to do with your grandkids if one of those reasons is keeping you apart.

What activities can a grandma do online when she can’t be right there with the grandkids? We’ll investigate a few fun online games here and consider ways you can generate your own list of alternative fun.

What do you love to do together in person?

Let’s start by looking at those things you do with the kids when you’re with them in person. Do you read to them, play games, do puzzles, color, paint, make cookies, or watch movies? Stop now and make a list of all the things on the left side of a piece of paper or on the left side of a document. You’ll need that in a minute.

The trick is to consider how to do those things in a new way. Fortunately, most of us have cell phones with the internet, FaceTime, and Zoom to allow us to feel like we’re in the very same room with our grandkids. We’ll go through a few of your face-to-face activities and modify them. Then, you can complete the list and maybe add a few of our suggestions.

Get Comfortable with the Technology

In order to carry out those fun online activities while you’re apart, you’ll need to get familiar (if you aren’t already) with FaceTime (I’m an iPhone girl, not sure what the Android equivalent is). Do practice calls if you’re not. The kids will help you! And, you all will have a great laugh in the process. I got to see how my oldest granddaughter re-did her bedroom a couple of days ago. It was so fun, we laughed at the clothes on the floor, so it was almost like being there.

Tech skills to do super fun things with your grandkids.

Try Skype. And, use Skype if that’s the one you or your family are most comfortable with. I haven’t used it in quite a while, but I remember the learning curve isn’t steep and as with anything else, you can always ask Google for help!

My favorite is Zoom for meeting up with a group. Getting all the cousins together to show off their puzzles or coloring sheets or to explain their newest game app would be so cool for you and them!

Another fun app is Marco Polo. We’re new to this but have heard there is lots of fun to be had here. The filters, short videos, and group conversations will be great with grandkids! I can’t wait to try. (I’ll update the post with a review.)

Consider recording some of these get-togethers. What wonderful memories they will bring back in the years to come!

Once you’ve found your go-to online get-together tool, start thinking about how you can modify your activities in this new way. Here are a few of my suggestions! ❤️

#1 Fun Online Things to Do: Reading to Your Grandkids

This one’s pretty easy and can also be super fun online. It might take a little prep to find a book they like. Maybe an Amazon order or a search through the bookshelf, but just find something fun to read, and hearing your voice will mean a lot to him or her.

Another activity you could do is find a recording of a story or a book. Many authors record their writing. Audible would have books to listen to, but so would your library. You might know of other sources as well. Find a favorite title, play the recording, and you both can enjoy it.

If you can find a title you both have, your grandchild can read along while you read aloud. Awesome reading practice for them!

#2 Your Grandkids Reading to You

This is easier because they’ve got the book they can read and you get to listen and maybe ask some clarifying questions along the way. If they’re elementary level and still getting familiar with words and get stuck, have them start with the first sound and stretch it out through the end of the word. Using context clues will help too. Does that make sense here? Have them show you the pictures every once in a while.

Reading with your grandchildren can be super fun.

Another one of those fun online things to do would be having them write. You could be involved in the process or they could do that on their own time. Maybe the two of you decide on the topic. Then, after your grandchild has written and illustrated if that fits, they could read the story to you.

#3 Fun Online Things to Do: Cooking or Baking

You could start by sharing a recipe, so you’re both working on the same one together. If one or both of you need to substitute ingredients, that won’t be a problem. It’ll just be another part of the process to talk through and share. And, of course, you’ll get to enjoy the final results together! You could invite more family members to join you with their treats and make it a party. 🙂

Before you start your culinary project, search for recipes together. Look online or in cookbooks at home and decide on a way to share. Look at this post here on Quiet Hollow if you want to see some highly recommended cookbooks. It’s called, “My Five Favorite Cookbooks.

While you’re checking out recipes together with your grandkids, you can talk about their format and that most recipes follow the same template every single time. You could even go a step further and create a recipe together. How fun would that be?!

#4 Going for a Virtual Walk Together

For an older child, going for a virtual walk together could be one of the best activities to do online. Take your phones along to talk while you walk. You could share photos or just turn the phone around so you can each ‘see’ what the other is seeing.

Or, you could walk and talk around the house, catching each other up on things. Re-arranged furniture, new pictures on the wall, a new outfit; so many possibilities!

#5 Working an Online Puzzle Together

There are so many things to do on the internet together. During the 2020 ‘stay inside’ time, many families revived the relaxing and rewarding joy of working a puzzle together. You could simply share where you’re at with your latest puzzle over FaceTime, or you could work a puzzle together online. Check out these attractive ones at The Jigsaw Puzzles. I went to the section for kids’ jigsaws. You can work on these separately together (we’re doing a lot of that right now). There are other sites where you can invite friends and work together.

Here are a couple of websites with online games to play with grandkids as well as a variety of other fun online things to do.

#6 Playing Fun Online Games Together

I recently heard about a mom who had her son teach her how to play Roblox! A lot of the online games kids play now can be played with friends. Why couldn’t we be one of those friends? I stumbled on this article which has a lot of Free Games to Play with your Grandkids on FaceTime.

My grandson just got me going on GamePigeon which is an app that’s associated with your texting. It will be more fun when I’m more familiar with the games and he doesn’t beat me all the time! We’re going to be sharing the MadLib stories we create. Those things always make me giggle!

#7 Take Out Your Own List of Fun Things

Now, it’s your turn! I’ve given you some ideas to prime your creativity pump of fun online things to do with your grandkids and I believe you can take it from there. Think outside the box. And, let your love for your grandchildren guide you.

You have a list of fun things you would do in person with your grandkids on the left side of the paper. Now, you can jot down ideas of how you would do these activities together in a new way. Your interest and creativity will be enjoyable for you and fun for the grandkids as well! Their parents will appreciate the break from their kids’ need for attention.

Fun online things to do with Grammie.

Let’s Wrap it Up

Being apart from your grandkids can be hard. If the reason for your separation is short-term, long-term, or unknown, there are ways to ease the hurt from missing them (and them missing you). Think of ways to communicate your love to them. Grandmas can be huge cheerleaders in a grandchild’s life, so keeping up with encouragement, good talks, and moral support are really important. Especially when you’re apart. You can even find ways to send virtual hugs and kisses!

Special occasions might take a little more ingenuity. Birthday parties and holidays can still be memory-making. And, thank goodness for Amazon! : Remember to record and save.

Offer yourself as a tutor, or at least an online school supporter. Your kids (the parents) will really appreciate that offer!

Give some of the fun online games and ideas here a try! Change up the things you’re doing. Do a little Google search for even more. Then, after whatever is going on for you and your grandchild is over, things will be even better than before. And, those hugs and kisses will be sweeter than ever! ❤️

Children are a gift from the Lord. Ps 127:3

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