Things For Kids To Do With Grandparents

Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Take the time to honor your grandparents with these ideas!

History of Grandparents Day

Marian McQuade hoped to establish a national day that would honor grandparents, and in 1970 she began a campaign to do so. McQuade raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.

Grandparents Day has both an official flower and song. The official flower is the forget-me-not, and the song is Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” Both were chosen by the National Grandparents Day Council.

Activities To Do With Grandparents

Let’s appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives!

Most grandparents don’t care what activity they do—they just want to spend time with their grandchildren. Maybe ask your grandparents to show you one of their favorite hobbies. Many National Parks hold special Grandparents Day events, and it can be fun to spend time with your grandparents exploring nature. If your grandparent would prefer a calm day, ask them to show you their favorite movie. No matter what, the best Grandparents Day activity involves you and your grandparents together, celebrating your family and each other.

Your favorite Toy Experts have put together this list with some activities you can pick up at your local Learning Express Gifts that are sure to make your day with grandma and grandpa a very special one! 

Make A Plate- Makit Products

Preserve your art on a special keepsake – choose from 6 products: melamine plate, melamine bowl, stainless steel water bottle, plastic travel tumbler, tablet sleeve/pouch, or two-sided laminated placemat. Choose from a variety of fun, creative templates or draw your own artwork! This is a perfect activity to do with your grandparents that they can cherish as a keepsake forever!

Fresh Veggie Garden- Backyard Safari Company

Everything you need to grow your very own vegetable garden, all in one package! Each contains 6 packages of heirloom seeds, starter soil, wooden plant ID stakes, growing instructions, growing journal, pencil and 100% recycled fiber egg carton planter! Veggie seeds included are green beans, yellow summer squash, sweet baby carrots, crunchy red radishes, baby watermelon, and little leaf cucumbers. Grandma will be sure to cook you something yummy with the veggies from the garden you grew together!

Rock Painting Kit- Creativity for Kids

Express your creativity artistically with this Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit by Creativity for Kids. What a great way to spend time with your grandparents and decorate your own rock! This set includes more than 10 rocks, paints, paint brush, markers and stickers to make each rock unique and special. Make the perfect rock garden collaboration between grandparent and grandchild!

Intro to Baking-  Handstand Kitchen

Learn how to make cookies, cupcakes and more with this Introduction to Baking Set by Handstand Kitchen. Your little baker will be a dessert pro in no time! This set works in your real kitchen and is the perfect activity to bring grandparents and grandchildren together over baked goods! This 17-Piece set includes: Loaf pan, Whisk, Rolling pin, Spatula, Pastry brush, Mixing spoon, 6 Silicone cupcake liners, and 5 Recipe cards. What will you bake?

Scavenger Hunt for Kids- University Games

It’s the classic game of search and find for kids! Players have two minutes to search for silly stuff like a purple shirt, a funny hat and other items around the house. Kids move ahead one space on the game board for every item they find and additional spaces for putting everything back where it belongs (so the house stays tidy). The first player to move his or her pawn across the finish line wins! What a great educational activity to play with grandparents!

On Grandparents Day, it really is the thought that counts—just make sure your grandparents know that you’re thinking of them.

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