Celebrate Grandparents!

by Cora Tormaschy

senior and children readingGrandma and Grandpa, Nana and Papa, or whichever names your family uses for grandparents, are very special people. Warm hugs, sweet treats, and lots of love are just a few of the great things grandparents offer to us! Some of my fondest memories as a child include being spoiled by my grandparents. My siblings and I had sleepovers at their house, received new toys, had ice cream treats (probably not approved by Mom and Dad!), and we were always laughing and smiling!

This year, Grandparents Day takes place on Sunday, September 13. Visit with children about the role their grandparents play in their lives. Keep in mind each child’s situation; some children may not have grandparents, or may not have regular contact with them. In that case, adapt these ideas to celebrate any other special adults in the child’s life.

Here are some fun ways to honor and celebrate Grandparents:

Grandparent-GiftGrandparent Gift: Grandparents love to receive homemade crafts from their grandchildren! They are always so proud to hang the artwork on their refrigerator! FunShine Express® kits offer materials to make crafts for special holidays. Materials and directions for this “Owl” Always Love You! creative art project are included in the September Fireflies Kit, and we are sharing the directions here as a free activity idea! Click here to
download the PDF with instructions and materials list.

Grandparent Potluck: Some of our favorite meals come straight from Grandma’s kitchen! Consider planning a special potluck, and invite each child’s grandparents to bring a favorite family dish.

Grandparents Photo Display: Ask families to send a photo of each child with his grandparents. Hang the photos on a wall in your setting at the children’s eye level. Children love to look at photos and identify their family!

Adopt-a-Grandparent Day: Make arrangements to visit a local elderly care facility. Sing familiar songs, read books, and plan an easy craft to make with the residents.Grandparent Coloring Page

Grandparents Coloring Page: Print this free coloring page for an extra activity! Click here to download the PDF.

Books about Grandparents: Children relate well to stories. Collect and read a few of these suggested books:

Our Grandparents: A Global Album
by Maya Ajmera

I Love Grandmas and Grandpas
by Joy Berry

The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas!
by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Grandma Loves Me and Grandpa Loves Me
both by Marianne Richmond

Grandma and Me and Grandpa and Me
both by Karen Katz

You can also invite grandparents to come to your setting and read a book to the children. There are Book Lists for each FunShine Express theme that you can find here, or use one of the recommended books listed above.

Please note: Not all books may represent beliefs in your setting. Please screen books before sharing them with children.

Songs about Grandparents:

Grandma, Grandpa
Sung to “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”

Grandma, Grandpa, I love you.
Grandma, Grandpa, yes, I do!
Grandma, Grandpa, here’s a kiss.
Grandma, Grandpa, you’re the best!

Going to Granny’s House
Sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Let’s all (crawl) to (Granny’s) house, (Granny’s) house, (Granny’s) house.
Let’s all (crawl) to (Granny’s) house and give (her) lots of hugs.
Let’s all (march) to (Papaw’s) house, (Papaw’s) house, (Papaw’s) house.
Let’s all (march) to (Papaw’s) house and give (him) lots of hugs.

Repeat with different actions. Include the names that the children use for their own grandparents.

 

 

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