28 Ways To Spoil Your Grandkids… Without Actually Spoiling Them

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As a grandma, there is nothing quite as special as spending time with your grandkids. And while it’s natural to want to spoil them, sometimes it’s important to find ways to spoil them without actually spoiling them.

Fortunately, there are countless fun and lighthearted activities that you can enjoy together, from baking sweet treats to going on outdoor adventures. These activities not only create cherished memories but also help strengthen the bond between you and your grandkids!

So why not try some of these ideas and see how you can spoil your grandkids in the best way possible?

1. Baking Sweet Treats Together

Baking together
Flickr/Mike Gifford

Baking with your grandkids is not only a fun activity, but it’s also a great way to pass down family recipes and traditions. Let your grandkids take the lead and choose what they want to bake. You can teach them how to measure ingredients, mix batter, and decorate the finished product. Plus, they’ll love the delicious treats they get to enjoy at the end!

2. Movie Nights with Homemade Popcorn

Watching movies is always a fun activity, but making homemade popcorn takes it to the next level. Get creative with the toppings by adding seasonings like garlic powder, cinnamon sugar, or even chocolate chips. Your grandkids will love having a special snack to munch on while enjoying their favorite movie.

3. Spa Day at Home

Transform your home into a spa for a day and pamper your grandkids. Use natural ingredients like honey, avocado, or oatmeal for DIY facials. Let them choose their favorite nail polish colors and give them a relaxing foot soak. Ahhh…

4. Picnic in the Park

Take your grandkids on a picnic adventure to the park. Bring a blanket and pack a basket full of their favorite foods. While they eat, let them run around and play on the playground. Don’t forget to take some cute pictures to remember the fun day!

5. Nature Walk and Treasure Hunt

Going on a nature walk with your grandkids is a great way to teach them about the world around them. Make it even more exciting by creating a scavenger hunt. Print out a list of items to find, like a yellow flower, a squirrel, or a certain type of tree. The first one to find everything wins a prize!

6. Arts and Crafts Time

Crafting a pumpkin

Get creative with your grandkids by doing some arts and crafts together. You can make friendship bracelets, paint rocks, or even create your own picture frames. They’ll love showing off their handmade creations to their friends and family.

7. Story Time

Sharing stories with your grandkids is a wonderful way to bond and connect. Share stories from your childhood, funny family anecdotes, or even read their favorite books together.

8. Tea Party

Hosting a tea party for your grandkids is a special way to treat them like royalty. Set the table with a fancy tablecloth and cute tea cups. Make some simple finger sandwiches, like cucumber or peanut butter and jelly. And don’t forget the sweets! Mini cupcakes or cookies are perfect for a tea party.

9. Board Game Night

Gather your grandkids and the whole family for a fun game night. Let them choose their favorite board game, like Monopoly or Candy Land. Make some snacks, like popcorn or chips and dip, and get ready for some friendly competition!

10. Sleepovers

Hosting a sleepover for your grandkids is a great way to create a special bond. Let them stay up a little later than usual, break out the snacks, and have a cozy movie night. You can even create a fort or set up a tent in the living room for an extra fun sleepover experience.

11. Outdoor Adventure

Take your grandkids on an outdoor adventure, like hiking, fishing, or camping. Spend time in nature, teach them about the environment, and make memories together. They’ll love the excitement of a new experience, and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn new skills and appreciate the outdoors!

12. DIY Science Experiments

Vinegar experiment
Flickr/Jimmie Quick

Get your grandkids excited about science by doing some DIY experiments together! You can make homemade lava lamps, build a volcano, or even make slime.

13. Garden Together

Planting and gardening with your grandkids is a fun way to teach them about nature and responsibility. Let them help you choose the plants or seeds to plant, show them how to take care of them, and watch them grow together. Plus, it’s a great excuse to spend time outdoors and get some fresh air!

14. Play Dress Up

Dig out some old clothes and accessories, and let your grandkids have fun playing dress up. They can create their own costumes, put on a fashion show, or even act out their own play.

15. Create a Scrapbook

Gather some old photos and mementos, and create a scrapbook together. You can reminisce about old memories, and make new ones as you work on the scrapbook. It’s a special keepsake that you and your grandkids can cherish for years to come.

16. Visit a Museum or Zoo

Take your grandkids on a field trip to a museum or zoo. They’ll love learning about history, science, or animals, and it’s a fun way to spend the day together!

17. Have a Dance Party

Put on some music and have a dance party with your grandkids! Teach them some of your favorite dance moves, or let them show off their own.

18. Make Homemade Pizza

Homemade pizza

Making homemade pizza is a fun activity that your grandkids will love. Let them choose their favorite toppings and help roll out the dough. It’s a delicious and interactive way to spend time together, and they’ll love being able to eat their creation at the end.

19. Write Letters to Each Other

Take a break from technology and write letters to each other. You can share stories, ask questions, or even draw pictures!

20. Host a Talent Show

Encourage your grandkids to show off their talents by hosting a talent show. They can sing, dance, tell jokes, or even do a magic trick. (Can you think of a more fun way to boost their confidence and create a positive and supportive environment?)

21. Play Video Games

Playing video games with your grandkids is a great way to bond over a shared interest. Ask them to teach you how to play their favorite games or challenge them to a friendly competition. You might even discover a new hobby!

22. Go on a Bike Ride

Take your grandkids on a bike ride through a park or around the neighborhood. They’ll love the adventure of exploring new places and getting some exercise. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks for the journey.

23. Make a Fort

Build a fort with your grandkids using blankets, pillows, and furniture. Let them use their imagination and create their own space. You can even have a picnic or storytime inside the fort.

24. Go Swimming

Little girls in the pool
Flickr/Kelly Verdeck

Take your grandkids to the pool or beach for a fun day of swimming. Play games like Marco Polo or have a cannonball contest. Don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen and snacks!

25. Make Paper Airplanes

Teach your grandkids how to make paper airplanes and have a flying contest. You can even decorate them with markers or stickers to make them extra special.

26. Play Charades

Have a game night and play charades with your grandkids. They can act out their favorite movies, books, or TV shows, and you can guess what they are.

27. Go Stargazing

Take your grandkids on a nighttime adventure and go stargazing. You can bring blankets and snacks and lie down to look at the stars. It’s a magical and peaceful way to spend time together.

28. Have a Karaoke Night

Sing your hearts out with your grandkids and have a karaoke night. You can sing your favorite songs, perform duets, or even create your own music videos!


Spoiling your grandkids doesn’t have to mean showering them with material possessions or indulging their every whim.

There are so many simple and meaningful ways to “spoil” them that involve spending quality time together and creating special memories!

As a grandma, you have a unique opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on your grandkids’ lives, so why not make the most of it and spoil them in the best way possible?

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