My 15 1/2 yr. old grandson will be spending his days with me this summer. I would like some interesting and or fun things to do with him so that he doesn't spend too much time with video games and texting on his phone. I hope to make this summer one that he will remember fondly the time spent with his grandma. Any suggestions?
You could teach him how to cook or garden. Teenage boys love to eat, and a lot of my students take culinary arts classes just so they can cook food for themselves!
Ideas: Cooking, bike rides, scrabble, fishing, gardening (a lot of them are interested in landscaping as a part-time job, so if you have a green thumb, he might be interested in getting some tips!), if he's old enough to have a driver's permit, you might teach him to drive...maybe he could help you build stuff around the house?
Good luck and have fun! :)
Canoeing, or fishing trip? If there's a summer fair, he would probably love to go, learn to widdle?, take a photography class together, drive out to a nearby mountain side, lake or beach and take a picnic and painting supplies (spend hours painting the land scape), have him teach you texting lingo, take him on a tour of the town, and walk around down town, go to the beach in the early morning to hunt for sand dollars, buy the supplies from a hardware store to make and paint and hang a birdhouse
Before he gets there, call or write and ask him what his interests are, then kinda go from there. It's very difficult to make plans for entertaining young people if you don't know them well enough to be aware of what they like. If he's a reader for instance, take him to the
local library and see what books he likes.
If he's a nature lover, a trip to a museum might be just the thing. If he's into sports, tickets to games should please him, and the time you spend with him at those games will make great memories. Let him tell you and show you what he knows and has learned. You might find common ground to build a great relationship with him over. Once you know him, he'll begin to know you then.
Wishing you the best.
You can also share the pictures you have of him and his family and recount some early memories; and show him pictures of you when you were young and what kinds of things you did when you were his age! Beginning to put together a family tree would be fun - if your grandson likes computer work, doing some research about ancestors would be right up his tree!
How about doing some volunteer work together? If he likes to use his hands, Habitat for Humanity could use his help and you could help with dispensing food and beverages for the volunteers. Homeless shelters for families would welcome a teen showing kids some neat soccer moves (or baseball, ping pong, etc.). If your grandson likes to make crafts, there are lots of things you both could teach the kids to make, just being with them would be treat enough!
Whatever you do, I know God will bless your time together!
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