National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13th this year! According to the most recent U.S. Census data, about 4.2 million households contain both grandchildren under 18 and their grandparents — that’s about 3 percent of all households and about 10 percent of all children. We at Griswold Home Care want to take a moment to celebrate the role grandparents play in their families, and to share some great ideas for Grandparents Day activities!
One great way for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together is through volunteering. Choose a local animal center or soup kitchen and enjoy time together while giving back to the community. Doing volunteer work not only helps others, it gives you and your family a shared experience and an opportunity to tell stories and make some fun new memories that you’ll always treasure. Local United Way chapters post volunteer opportunities for their own events, and they also have message boards where other national organizations post about their local volunteer opportunities every day!
Have Fun in the Kitchen
How many memories has your family shared around the kitchen table? Most of us can remember at least one recipe we love from our childhood. The meals themselves are memorable and the stories are sometimes even more memorable… so why not extend your time together and prepare the meal? If grandchildren are younger, try making bread or pizza with homemade dough; punching the dough down or trying to flip it can make for some great stories. Older grandchildren may love learning how to make one of their favorite family recipes. Maybe it’s one that’s been passed down through generations!
Arts and Crafts
Like cooking, doing arts and crafts together allows you to spend time together while exercising your creativity! If you’re looking for great Grandparents Day crafts, try making your own homemade playdough with younger grandchildren (some recipes are edible!) or grab some corn as the season ends and make this colorful corn roll art! Older grandchildren might prefer something more spontaneous. Try drawing each other without looking at the page, like Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon did on The Tonight Show.
Arts and crafts doesn’t have to be with your hands, either. Photography counts as art! If your grandchild has Photobooth on their computer, ask them to take some pictures with you. You’ll both love the crazy effects and you can save and even print the pictures. If you want to see some of the effects, check out this viral video of some cool older adults playing around with Photobooth effects!
If you and your grandparents are planning on doing some fun activities together, check out this list of deals and coupons for senior citizens to score an extra bargain on groceries, arts and crafts supplies, and maybe even a snazzy new outfit to celebrate Grandparents Day with dinner.
How are is your family celebrating Grandparents Day this year? What fun activities have you done in the past? Share your ideas and stories below!