Fun Things to do With an Older Family Member

Here are fourteen fun things to do with an older member of the family or just for times when you need to lighten the mood.

  • Tell jokes! If you haven’t heard any good jokes lately, look some up online or check out a joke book at the library. Everyone can use some good laughs once in a while.
  • Play some simple games like hangman, I spy, tic-tac-toe crosswords, or other games. If the children are around get them involved too!
  • Get on the internet and look at videos, maps, webcams, pictures you have stored, images of interesting things, interesting educational sites, play games, or look at social media together.
  • Play some incredibly great music to shake a leg to.
  • Take photos and selfies and add the funny filters that are available. My kids do this with Grandma all the time and they have a ton of fun! Make sure your loved one would approve first.

lady with pigtails and glasses filter

  • Make some bread for dinner and enjoy the aroma it creates.
  • Bake a cake or cupcakes and frost it any way you want. Add food coloring or use tips and bags for different designs. Don’t set any rules, just have fun with it!
  • If the grandkids are around have a scavenger hunt, build a fort, blow bubbles, sing songs, or watch the babies play.
  • Make a craft for an upcoming holiday, then give it away.
  • Play an instrument or listen to songs that include an instrument your loved one used to play.
  • Exercise, do a yoga move, walk, lift a can of vegetables (for weights), or dance. Move a little and have fun with it.
  • Get in the car and take a mystery trip. End up getting ice cream, or lunch, or just a pretzel at a local store.
  • Have a movie matinée. Look up trivia about the movie ahead of time and talk about it with your loved one.
  • Have a spa moment. Paint nails, have a foot soaking party, or do facials together.

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