Ways Kids and Grandparents Can Celebrate on Grandparents Day
There’s a unique bond between grandparents and grandkids. Parents get a sparkle in their eyes when they look at their children but there is a deeper sparkle grandparents eyes have when they look at their grandchildren. Grandchildren are grandparent’s legacy and grandchildren feel their unconditional love every time they look at them. Grandparents have a great effect on their grandchildren and other kids in the community. That’s why it’s important to show appreciation for all that they do.
We’ve had Mother’s Day and Father’s day since 1914 and 1966. In 1978, congress passed a proclamation to celebrate Grandparents Day on the first Sunday following Labor Day. To cherish the bond older adults have with younger generations, follow these ideas to keep everyone entertained! Give children the opportunity to show their love and appreciation to their grandparents while creating a memory for them both.
Bring Your Grandparents to School Day
School is one of the most important things going on in a child’s life and they’re proud of it. Therefore it’s really special when they can share with their grandparents where they go and what they do there.
On Grandparents Day, schools and school libraries can invite grandparents in for half a day. Start out with reading the silly book, “How to Babysit a Grandpa,” to get everyone in a good spirit. Follow it up with showing the grandparents what kids are doing in today’s schools. For many grandparents, it’s been a long time since they’ve been in a school, and it’s great for them to see today’s educational system. Choose a few more activities to incorporate into your day from the list below to keep the memories building.
What Were You Like Growing Up?
Everyone wants to have a sense of legacy. Help grandparents pass on their stories by sparking a conversation that they may not have had with their grandchildren otherwise. Create a questionnaire that grandchildren can ask their grandparents to find out what they were like when they were young. Here’re a few example questions to get you started.
- How big was your family?
- When you were my age, how many kids and grandchildren did you think you were going to have?
- What was your favorite book growing up?
- Did you have a best friend?
- Did you play any sports in school?
- What was your favorite thing to do during recess?
- Did you share your bedroom or have your own?
Learn Your Grandparents’ Recipes
It’s important to pass down cooking technique and family recipes to younger generations. For many, a holiday isn’t a holiday unless it includes dishes from family recipes that have been passed down from older relatives.
Consider hosting a Grandparents Day meal at a local cooking class venue, church kitchen, or community center kitchen where grandparents can teach their grandchildren and other kids family recipes. Kitchens that prepare meals for homebound seniors can ask grandparents and grandkids to volunteer together to make and/or deliver meals.
Don’t forget to encourage grandparents and older adults to volunteer in the school and community to act as a mentor. It will help the community and children needing a little extra hand. It’s important to remind them that they have a social role they can fulfill.
Build a Family Tree Together
Keep the legacy growing and invite grandkids into senior facilities to build a family tree with their grandparents. Kids love crafts and this will give grandparents an opportunity to teach kids about their family history and where they came from. Even those seniors without grandchildren can still sit with their friend’s grandkids and enjoy their stories.
A few weeks before Grandparents day, bookstores, libraries and even local businesses can host their own gift-making day. Supply arts and crafts that kids need to create their own card for those grandparents who live far away. For the grandkids close to their grandparents, they can create coupon books. Try to come up with ideas for kids to put on the coupons. Start with services kids can do to help their grandparents or bonding activities they can do together.
- Good for one car wash.
- Good for one sleepover.
- Good for one ice cream and park trip.
- Good for one day of planting flowers together.
- Good for putting up or down your holiday decorations.
Then and Now – Tours of Your Own Town
Towns and organizations like the VFW can put together Tours of Your Own Town. This will allow children and grandparents to show one another where they grew up. Create two different tours: one with a focus on today’s town and one with a focus on what is use to be like. That way the tour works for both generations, whether they live there now or grew up there many years ago.
Encourage local businesses to offer special deals on Grandparents Day to pairs of intergenerational people, encouraging them to stop in and shop together.
Grandparents have a way of making everyone feel special. Be sure to make them feel exceptional on their day, too. Combining a mixture of these activities is sure to make for a memorable day together.