Five Grandparents Day Activities

Posted by Enlivant support center on September 8, 2017
You might be surprised to learn that Grandparents Day was not dreamed up by some greeting card company. It was pioneered by Marian McQuade, a mother living in West Virginia who felt grandparents deserved to be honored. In 1978, it was officially recognized by the US government as a national holiday.
This year, Grandparents Day falls on September 10, which is also the start of National Assisted Living Week. While most grandparents would enjoy just spending time together, here are a few ways to make the day extra special.
1. Handmade gifts – It’s a known fact that gifts made by grandchildren are a grandparent’s most prized possessions. Have your child draw a picture or make a macaroni necklace. Or do something together with your loved one, like tracing everyone’s hands on a large sheet of construction paper using different colored markers. For more Grandparents Day crafts, check out Pinterest.

2. Family portrait – Grandparents love nothing more than to show off their families. Commemorate the day by arranging to take a new family photo. Then frame the photo and give it to your loved one as a gift. They’ll appreciate having a photo they can display that’s not digital.

3. Baked goods – As a special gift, make your grandparent’s favorite treat. Or if you can, bake it together. When you’re done, create a recipe card that includes the grandparent’s name in the title, e.g. Lucile’s Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies – so the recipe can be shared with generations to come.

 4. Mini-book – Enlist your family to write down on a piece of paper what they love best about their grandparent, a funny memory, or something they learned from their grandparent. Put all the papers together to create a little book. Have a family member read it to them.

5. Family excursion – Is there a place your grandparent likes to visit? Such as a park, restaurant, or maybe the movies? Plan a trip to take them there on Grandparents Day, so you can enjoy it together.

Commit to celebrating national grandparents day with your family this year. Whichever activity you choose, these grandparents day ideas are sure to make the day special for you and your loved ones.