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Grandparents Day Activities
Grandparents Day is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. This special day is set aside to honor the elderly, especially our grandparents. Children can honor their grandparents by making special gifts just for them. Whether you are a teacher in classroom, a homeschool mom, or a child wishing to honor your grandmother or grandfather, you can choose from multitudes of projects to honor your grandparents. If your grandparents have already passed away, you can make a few hand made gifts and take them to a nursing home, hospital, or perhaps to the home down the street where a lonely elderly person would appreciate the gesture.
Make silhouettes for your grandmother or grandfather to enjoy. Shine a light onto a plain white wall. Hang a sheet of plain white paper on the wall. Have the child sit on a stool or in a chair so that their profile shadow may been seen on the paper. Trace around the child’s profile with a pencil, marker, or pen. Then, cut out the image and trace it onto black paper or paint the image black. Cut out the black image. Obtain a photo frame from a local store. Cut out a piece of cardboard or heavy foam or poster board for backing. The backing should be white in order to best enhance the black silhouette. Glue the black silhouette to the white backing. Write the child’s name and date onto the white card just below the silhouette. Place the silhouette into the frame. Give the image to a proud grandparent to enjoy!
Grandparents love their gardens. Give them a garden plaque to enhance their favorite garden. Pour cement into a square or round mold. You can use a box or can. Place hand-prints into the cement. While the cement is still wet, add beads, jewels, or other decorations suitable for outdoor whether. Allow the cement to dry. Remove from the box or can. Sand away any remaining cardboard particles that might be stuck to the cement. Use the sand paper or sanding block to smooth over any rough edges. Wrap it up and give it to a grandparent to be placed in their garden. Every time the grandparent enters his or her favorite garden, he or she will think of you!
Decorate a Pair of Slippers
My grandparents always wore slippers around the house. My grandmother preferred they terry cloth type that slide on and off. My grandfather had a brown paid of corduroy slippers. At least I think they were corduroy, but they were definitely brown and he always wore the same pair. I would imagine that most grandfathers would prefer to keep their slippers plain and simple. Grandmothers, however, would most likely adore a personally decorated pair of slippers from her grandchild. Purchase a pair to cloth slippers. Add beads, buttons, foam shapes, patches, use fabric paints to paint on a unique design – just about anything. Use your imagination. Be sure to use fabric paints and craft glue that is suitable for fabrics, or sew on the decorations. She will think of you every time she slips on her special, unique slippers.
Avoid staples, pins, or buttons that puncture through the cloth. You would not want grandma to injure her foot with your special gift!
Make Your Grandfather or Grandmother a Special Bookmark
Have you noticed Grandma turning down and creasing the pages of her Bible or grandpa creasing the pages in his favorite book so he will not forget where he left off? Cut a few strips of craft foam and attach other small, thin foam shapes, sequins, or stickers. You can also keep it simple by cutting a strip of foam and gluing on a strip of ribbon down the middle. Then, attach a charm to the top.
When Grandma or Grandpa settles down in that favorite chair, wearing those specially made slippers, after harvesting a favorite vegetable that was growing right next to your garden stone, he or she can settle into that family Bible or favorite book, knowing exactly where he or she left off because your specially made bookmark has safely and securely held the place.
Now, get busy and go hug a grandparent!