“Because (grandparents) are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.” — Jimmy Carter
Grandparents are really special people in the lives of our children. Since it’s Grandparents’ Day, here are 5 ways you can help your children make their grandparents’ day a super special one…
1. Read a story together – Kids love listening to stories, especially ones told by grandma and grandpa. Give the grandparents books that are fun for both older and younger generation to read together and discuss. The Life of Fred Beginning Reader Series is a fun set of books that are hilarious, short and sweet – great for getting everyone to laugh while reading!
Here are more of our favourites:
- Preston Pig Stories by Colin McNaughton
- Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems
- Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev W Awdry
- The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base
- Geronimo Stilton
2. Browse through old photos – Pulling out the old family photo albums is so fun! What a great way to share memories with your children. Grandparents love telling stories and passing down their memories. Kids love pointing at photos and asking questions like, “Grandma, is that really you??”
3. Color together – Coloring is not just for kids, it’s for everyone! Send kids to grandpa’s house with a bag of coloring books so they can spend quality, artistic time together. This set of coloring books would be a great bundle to keep at grandma and grandpa’s house!
4. Make a gift for grandparents – Do your kids want to make a personal gift for grandma and grandpa?
- These printable books are super cute and easy to use! Just print, fill out the pages, and practice writing and reflect on memories of grandparents who are still living or passed on.
- Help the kids make a photobook memory keepsake their grandparents will love! There are lots of online photo book publishers that make it super easy to upload your own photos and customise your own book.
5. Interview a grandparent – Little ones can learn a lot from grandparents. What is grandma or grandpa’s favorite memories as a child? What are life lessons that can be passed down to the next generation and preserved for future generations? This one-of-a-kind interactive notebook will give your little one the opportunity to interview grandparents and have a keepsake for precious memories. The Grandmother’s Virtues Interview Lapbook and Grandfather’s Wisdom Interview Lapbook are available on Educents for a discount!
“Some of the world’s best educators are grandparents.” — Charles W. Shedd