t 57, I'm a fairly young Grandma. My seven grandkids range from age 1 to 12. When I was little, my Grandmother watched me while my Mother worked. As a result, I developed a deep relationship with her.
My husband and I own a business and we both work full time. Being self-employed does allow me some flexibility but I do not get as much time as I want with my grandkids. I am finding as I age that I have limited energy and emotion and as a result, have to pick and choose my free time activities.
Since my grandchildren are very important to me, I make the time to spend with them. During the summers, I set aside one day a week to hold what I call "Camp Nanabanana". My camp is simply a day I devote to my grandkids. I pre-plan the activities and the food. During the winter, we plan cousin sleepovers.
I'm not sure that quantity of time is more important than quality of time. If you take the time to make unique memories with your grandkids, they will remember your efforts. I don't think you have to have daily, or even weekly contact, to develop a close relationship with grandkids. One of my husband's Grandmothers lived several states away and he only saw her sporadically. He grew up in a time when it was prohibitively expensive to even call long distance. What he remembers are her huge hugs and how she made him feel special the few times he did get to see her. A trip to Grandma's house was extraordinary and exciting!
Today, we are blessed with multiple means of cheap communication, including cell phones, facetime and videoconferencing programs such as Zoom. There is really no excuse to not keep in contact even during a pandemic. Our family uses Zoom and I plan an hour or so almost every week to do an activity with the grandkids. This week we made pie crust cookies.
While many of my ideas are inspired by others, this activity was inspired by my own childhood. My Grandma frequently made pies from scratch. She rolled out the dough and then lifted it into the round pie pan. She shaped the dough to the dish and used a knife to cut away any excess dough from the edges. These "scrapes" were then placed on a cookie sheet and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. She baked these scrapes and gave them to me as a treat. I loved cinnamon pie crust goodies!
I supplied each grandchild with a flat store bought pie crust and cookie cutters via a doorstep drop. The fun was in using the cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the pie crust, placing them on a cookie sheet and sprinkling with sugar and cinnamon. While we worked, I told them the story of my my Grandma's pie crust treats that I enjoyed when I was a kid. Once the pie crust is cut and sugared, simply pop in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes until done.
It was a very cute, inexpensive and easy baking project that even the youngest kids could complete with a little supervision. The treats were all eaten immediately though I must admit a homemade pie crust is 1,000 times better than store bought.
The point is not the project, it's the time you spend together.
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