National Grandparents’ Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, but many centers and schools host their own Grandparents’ Day or Special People Day at other times of the year. Here are 5 fun ways to make Grandparents’ Day special for both kids and grandparents.
Movie Day With Grandparents
Host a movie day with family-friendly movies kids and grandparents will love. Don’t forget the popcorn! Plastic Fun Cups make perfectly-sized popcorn holders with your school or center name imprinted on them, they make a great keepsake.
Here are a few movie ideas to get you started:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Hotel For Dogs
- Dolphin Tale
- The Wild Thornberrys
Grandparents’ Day Projects
• Memory Quilt
Have each child and grandparent draw a picture of a special memory. Attach all the pictures together with ribbon to create a memory quilt to display in your classroom. The Classroom Quilt Craft Kit works great for this project.
• Create a Calendar
Have children and grandparents create their own calendar with photos or pictures they draw.
Host an award ceremony with grandparents as the guests of honor. Have kids present certificates or awards made from paper plates to their grandparents or special people.
Senior Center Field Trip
Celebrate Grandparents’ Day by sharing lunch with residents of your local senior center or nursing home. Bring an arts and craft project, like Color Me Puzzles, for residents and kids to make together.
Grandparents’s Day Activities
Keep everyone participating with fun activities for all levels:
• Balloon volleyball
• Indoor picnic
• Tea Party (include apple juice, finger sandwiches and cookies)
• Learn to say “Grandpa” or “Grandma” in a foreign language
• Board games
• Dance party