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Your Life: Summer visits with tweens and teens

Charlotte Lankard offers tips for grandparents with visiting tweens and teens.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD clankard@opubco.com Modified: June 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm •  Published: June 11, 2012
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If grandchildren coming to visit are 9- to 12-year-old and teens, this column is for you.

For 9- to 12-year-olds, think board games, sleeping bags for a night out under the stars, binoculars, microscope, basketball hoop and ball, diary with a lock, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards or magic tricks.

Ask them to help you plan and prepare the meals. Have a sewing machine? Teach them to sew. My granddaughter Sarah was taught to sew by her Grandma Betty. Now as a 17-year-old, she creates her own designs.

Check out the classes offered at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and while you are there, view the exhibits.

Remember scavenger hunts? The objects you choose will depend on their age, so use your imagination:

Something that feels slippery, round, hairy.

Something that floats, makes a sound, feels rough.

Something you can eat, that never grows or gets smaller.

Something that makes a sound, that feels rough, smells sweet.

Something that is square, green, soft or wet.

Something you can see through, step on.

If you will be hosting teenagers, Nancy Blankenship suggests inviting them to bring a friend.

Teenagers enjoy any of the latest technology or you might have something different on hand, such as a pottery wheel or some old LP records and a player.

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