I grew up knowing all 4 of my grandparents. In fact, three of them are still alive! My children have the privilege of knowing them, as well as 3 of my husband’s grandparents. My children have also known all 4 of their grandparents, with the exception of our youngest who was only 7 months old when my Dad passed away. We have Mimi’s and Nannie’s and Gigi’s and Memaw’s and Grandma’s and Papa’s galore and my kids just LOVE it! We love to visit the grandparents and great-grandparents and my kids – well, mostly the girls – love to make pictures for them.
Grandparents Day is tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with one of these simple 5 ideas! What I have learned over the last 10 years I’ve been a parent, it’s not the money spent that matters. It’s the meaning behind the gift. They love pictures, hand-drawn and photographs. They love spending time with their grandkids – nothing fancy needed, just good fun and lots of laughs. Memories are what matter!
1. Read a story together – Kiddos love listening to a story told by grandma and grandpa. Provide grandparents with books that are fun for the 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!
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.
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!