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5 Activities That Will Bring the Generations Together

It isn’t always easy to keep several generations of the same family together and create a bonding experience that everyone can enjoy. Your older family members might not be able to get about as well as they once could, while your kids never want to sit still. It might be tricky to keep everyone happy but here are five activities that will bring the generations together.

Crafting

Crafting is a dying art and things like knitting, crocheting, and sewing will become obsolete if nobody teaches these skills to the younger generation. In times gone by, children were taught these skills from a young age and there is nobody better than your older relatives to teach the young ones how it is done. Making something together is a fantastic bonding experience and it will give them something they can keep.

Cards

Cards are an easy game to play, and they don’t take up a lot of space. For example, if your elderly relatives have moved into a Huntington assisted living facility such as Brandywine, you can pop a deck of cards into your pocket before you visit and this will keep all the generations occupied for hours without needing a lot of room. By the end of your visit, you will all know some new games or card tricks.

Board Games

Board games are a fantastic idea if you want to bring the generations together. Make sure that everyone is sitting comfortably and then play an old favorite such as Ludo or Monopoly or let the kids introduce you all to a brand-new game. Just remember not to get too competitive or it might not be as good a bonding exercise as you thought.

Create a Family Tree

A family tree is educational and children will love learning about their relatives as much as the older generation will enjoy reminiscing about them. There are lots of facilities online that can help you to trace your ancestry back hundreds of years and discover who lived before you and learn their stories. This may turn into a large-scale project which is great because it will keep the whole family busy for months and give them time to bond well.

Reading

Reading is a great challenge for kids whatever their age. A young child will enjoy looking at picture books with an older relative whereas a child who is learning to read can practice and be guided. This will be great for your elderly loved ones too as they will feel that they are helping and getting involved. An older child who can read well can discover new books to read while they are listened to. This will be relaxing for your elderly relative, and they will enjoy hearing new stories or re-discovering ones they loved when they were young.

The age gap between the generations does not have to be a barrier to them enjoying spending time together. Use these five activities to unite the generations and have fun.

Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions

Looking for gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day? Here are some of my favorites this year!

Spring is here and soon it will be Summer! Mom will love these new sandals!

Aren’t these so stylish?

Empty Provisions Footwear

Price: $135.00 – $155.00

The perfect sandals for any adventure this season! Empty Provisions Footwear is an ethical line of footwear that is committed to designing and producing items that are sustainable, comfortable, and stylish. After noticing a gap in the market for shoes that are modern, cute, and durable while being kind to the environment, founder Chrissy Durden sought to create a brand that followed these goals and ideals. Every shoe is designed in Somerville, MA, and crafted by hand in small batches in central Maine with the materials also being sourced locally. 

This next gift idea is pretty unique! I like that it is portable and easy to travel with!

City Bonfires

Price: $21.95 to $64.95

Warm hearts and make memories during your picnic extravaganza with your loved ones enjoying a City Bonfires kit. It’s easy, fun, and yummy! Elevate any mood with these special editions of their mini bonfires, perfect for romantic evenings, family fun, and gift-giving. All safe and cozy for roasting marshmallows and keeping warm this Spring, made with love from Maryland.

Does Mom like chocolate?

RED Chocolate Truffles

Price: $14.99

Give mom chocolate without the guilt! RED Chocolate has all the guiltless indulgence of regular chocolate, but with up to 50% less calories and 30-40% less fat! Formulated by European Master Chocolatiers, their truffle gift boxes are a scrumptious delight. Filled with either a smooth nut or a coconut filling, you would never guess that there’s no added sugar.

Available through their website or on Amazon as well as national drug and grocery retailers.

I like this next one because it’s different and would make a really special gift!

Well Told – Custom Night Sky Mason Jar

Price: $19.95

The day you were born made your mom a Mother. You can capture that moment in time by customizing Well Told’s 16oz mason jar with a vision of the night sky from the place and time she was at when you entered the world. Featuring the stars, constellations, and planets as if she was looking up into the sky again. I received a sample and chose my son’s birthday and this truly is one of my favorite gifts to myself this Mother’s Day!

Most Moms love coffee, right? This is one of my favorite brands and I am sure it will be a hit with your Mom!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Fire Department Coffee has a great option for anyone who wants a non-alcoholic alternative while still enjoying the special holiday. Their Irish Whiskey Infused Coffee is the headlining ingredient in this popular recipe for non-alcoholic Irish Coffee. I also love their Vanilla Bean Bourbon Spirit Infused coffee! I think that is my new favorite! You can find all their coffee choices here.

This next one is a great product to keep Mom fit! I actually found this one to be a lot of fun!

It’s fun to do with your little ones too!

Whirly Board
Price: $129.95+
Affiliated with Amazon
Whirly Board makes for a great Mother’s Day gift if she works from home or loves fitness!
Use it at home or while working (perfect with standing desks) and keep moving for better
overall health. With 500+ positive reviews on Amazon, join the movement to put the fun
back into exercise! Add a little fitness, agility, and fun with Whirly Board! The Whirly Board
allows you to spin 360 ̊ and engage all your body’s core muscles. An excellent training
tool for any skill level (even kids), it’s the ultimate accessory for your home, office, or
gym. Whirly Board is a great option for core training and home fitness without the need for
bulky gym equipment that takes up space. An indoor training tool, it improves strength, balance, and agility. Practice spin and tricks and take your twirl to a whole new level! Find out more here. Look for them on Amazon.com too!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above items to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. Stay tuned! More gift ideas will be posted tomorrow!