little girl attempts to blow dandelion webGrandchildren bond with their grandparents. So here are some things to teach them that build that bond.

Whistle
This simple skill tops the wish list for preschoolers
everywhere. If your grandchildren already know how to whistle, teach them to use their fingers to make it extra-loud.

Spread icing on a cake
Show them how to spread icing smoothly on all sides to make it look just so. Get creative and pipe on some decorations, too. Don’t forget to lick your fingers — and the bowl!

Dive
It’s the coolest way to enter the pool. Help your grandchildren learn to use the proper technique and hit the water straight as an arrow. But remind them that diving is only for the deep end!

Shoot a basketball
By middle school, many young cagers are ready and eager to shoot one-handed like their favorite players.

Tie a necktie
Grandsons will feel grown-up when they ditch clip-on ties for the real thing. Watch them practice and give pointers.

Paint fingernails and toenails
Granddaughters love to do this so entertain them (especially granddads) with this activity.

Discover the wonders of the local library
Show your grandchildren all the amazing free things the library has to offer. Search on the computer for books they love and teach them how to use call numbers to locate them.

Jump rope
Young children love the simple joy of mastering this healthy activity. Teach older children how to jump double-dutch.

Shuffle cards the cool way
Every kid wants to learn the riffle shuffle.

Hit a baseball
If your grandchildren play T-ball, softball, or Little League, the fundamentals of hitting are the same. Watch their self esteem grow with each base hit!

Blow on a dandelion
Make a wish while doing this age old tradition.

Do push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises
Make healthy physical exertion fun. The younger kids start, the better.

Play jacks
Forget video games; this classic game will fascinate your grandchildren. Bounce the ball, grab the jacks, and catch that ball!

Drive a car
Increase what the kids learn in drivers’ ed, take them to an empty parking lot and let them show their stuff. If you can teach them how to drive a stick shift, so much the better.

Twirl a hula hoop
Not only will your grandkids love learning to hula hoop, they will never forget the sight of you shaking your hips!

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