Grandchildren are the ultimate joy for grandparents. Having the grandkids over for the weekend or even a few hours can be the highlight of the week. However, it can be difficult to entertain and watch rambunctious little ones even with lots of toys and crafting activities. So we’ve gathered together a list of some toys to keep at the grandparents’ house that we think are essential for a fun time to be had by grandma, grandpa, and kiddos!
Kids Crafting Activities
If Grandma and Grandpa have a great garden, what better way to make it even prettier than with some cool rocks? The kids will have fun decorating and admiring their creations every time they come over.
This window art kit will provide lots of entertainment and creativity while leaving a beautiful creation behind for grandparents to admire. The kit is a great price and comes with 20 different creation options, including suncatchers and window clings, along with the paint pens and tubes.
This squeezable play sand provides hours of sensory fun, and this 6-pound bag will ensure there’s enough for the kids and grandparents to dive in. And the best part is that the sand sticks together, meaning no huge messes or meltdowns from getting sand in the eyes!
Must-Have Grandparent Toys
Collapsible play tents are overall a fantastic idea for people who don’t always have kids in the house. Set it up for when they come to visit, then put it away in a closet. This set comes with a tent, a tunnel and a ball pit. You’ll be the coolest grandparent ever.
If you have a grandkid who loves a good dollhouse but doesn’t have the space for a massive one, look no further! This foldable wooden dollhouse is portable (it even has handles) and has 11 pieces of furniture plus two dolls. If you decide to paint it, you may even have another fun project in store.
Keeping the little ones occupied can be tough while older grandkids run around. This mat is an all-in-one activity mat of fun with music, toys, and a mirror perfect for entertainment.
Take the grandkids to the park in style with this Radio Flyer three-in-one collapsible wagon. While it’s not like they used to make the traditional little red wagon, having an easier-to-push alternative may be better for travel (and for the grandparents!)
Sometimes little ones can be easily entertained with toys as simple as stacking rings and blocks. This Fisher Price set gets grandma and grandpa both items that can be kept around for years to come as baby develops.
Grandma and Grandpa may have a playroom for their grandkids, and if so, a fun play rug is a must-have! Reviewers say this 4-foot by 6-foot play mat is super soft and machine-washable for those inevitable messes.
If you get the playmat above, you HAVE to get some fun vehicles to vroom around on it! Something like this set of wooden vehicles will hold up longer than plastic ones and be a little safer for the smaller kiddos.
While nothing is truly injury-proof, the wide surface area of the circular swing is better than most flimsy old-school versions. Securely fasten it to a structurally strong base, and the swing can be enjoyed inside or out. Of course, outside, they are getting the benefits of the sunshine.
Bubbles are the perfect outdoor activity for kids of all ages (including grandparents), and with this bubble machine, you’ll create thousands in just seconds.
A water table is an easy way to cool down in those hot summer months – and doesn’t take up too much space in grandma and grandpa’s yard!
It’s taco night at grandma and grandpa’s house! As if that weren’t exciting enough to have chips for dinner, just wait until you serve them theirs within these dinosaur taco holders! Dinner suddenly turns into dino spikes, which is super cool.
Watch out. A truckload of delicious creamy mashed potatoes is coming through! Grandparents can condone playing with food, especially if it involves getting them to eat something healthy. Grandkids will be delighted to see this construction-themed plate and utensils set.
Growing up, it always seemed that there was that one special element at grandma and grandpa’s house that stood above the rest. Something that was completely and totally magical. This could be it for your grandkids! A gumball machine! Fill it to the top with their favorite candy, and use it as a reward or special treat. You will go down in the Grandparent Hall of Fame.
Do you want to pass on your guitar-playing skills to the grandkids? This basic three-string guitar helps kids learn chords through more simplistic methods. Ultimately they will catch on sooner than with a traditional six-string. Plus, it just looks really cool.
While grandparents may have some of the great classics in their library already, there is always room for more! This board book set is great for the littlest readers, including books about ABC, Numbers, Shapes, Colours, Wild Animals, Farm Animals & Pets, Birds, Fruits, Vegetables, and Transport.
Kids love going to grandmas to eat cookies! But why not take things to the next level? This set comes with a personalized book with characters reminiscent of you and your young baking assistant, and they will get a personalized apron too.
Bathtime & Bedtime
Bath bombs make getting clean seem like playtime. Special fizzy discs go inside this awesome bath time volcano. After the eruption of smell good “lava”, a dino toy emerges! Kids can enjoy playing with the plastic volcano and recently emerged plastic figure.
How special will your pretty little princess feel when she sees this magical duvet set? When she cuddles up within the blankets, the illusion of her wearing an elegant ballgown will be incredibly mesmerizing. Fairytales happen at grandmas.
Child Safety Items
Okaaaay, so we will get the boring one out of the way. Having some sort of child locks on toilets, and cabinets that contain things like cleaning supplies, is an absolute must. This set requires zero drilling, and comes with eight locks.
Cameras can be handy when used in the house, the backyard and in this case, the car. When baby’s car seats is faced the other way, you’ll want to be able to have a way to see them. This camera puts baby in your peripheral vision at all times.