Posted on September 5, 2017 by CHS
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a law that states every first Sunday after Labor Day will be viewed as National Grandparent’s Day to encourage families to visit and celebrate their elderly relatives and friends. Grandparent’s day is an opportunity to bring grandparents and grandkids together. By spending a little quality time together, both generations can benefit from learning a little more about each other. Below are some suggestions to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.
Give a memorable present.
Get creative with arts and crafts. You can print out a free Grandparent’s Day card at Free Grandparents Day Cards You Can Print or Printable Grandparents Day Cards and have grandparents and grandchildren decorate it together. This will be a fun activity for both grandparents and grandchildren and would be something grandparents can cherish as it will be filled with fun memories spent together. Coloring pages that both grandparents and grandchildren can work on together is also a fun option. Once the project is finished, grandparents can frame it and hang it on the wall where they can see it every day. Free coloring pages can be found here.
Stage an interview about the past.
Grandparents have a lifetime of stories to share. Help your child come up with fun questions that he can ask his grandparents while you film them on your smartphone or with a video camera, as if it is a real television interview. He can ask questions like, “what were you like as a kid?” “What was your favorite sport growing up?” “What was dad/mom like as a kid?” and many more. Afterward, grandparents interview grandkids with questions like, “what’s your favorite class in school?” “Who’s your best friend and why?” “What do you like about your family?” and many more. If grandparents live too far away to visit, you can use Skype or a video chat as an alternative. Save the videos and give a copy to the grandparents; they will definitely love it.
Go on a trip together.
Doing a physical activity is a great way to stay connected. You can plan a trip to a place that is significant to your family. It could be a vacation spot you visited with your parents as a kid, or a trip to a local park where you can take a walk together, have a picnic, or go fishing. If you are able, take a tour of the grandparents’ home town. They can show their grandchildren where they grew up and tell stories about their childhood. Afterwards, ask children to write down their thoughts about the trip and attach photos or pictures. They can frame their story, or bind it into a book and give it to the grandparents as a gift.
Share a meal together.
The whole family can get together and create favorite family recipes. Grandkids can help grandparents with prepare the meal. They can share secret recipes, tell stories about how they learned to cook, and spend the time together. Before eating, everyone can say a quick word about their favorite family meal, or share a family memory. This could become a tradition in the family.
For many families today, grandparents do not always live nearby. This makes it even more important for families to stay connected on a regular basis. Children can learn about their identity, culture, and family history from their parents, but the knowledge and stories they receive from their grandparents will be priceless.
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