Easy Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Near and Far

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Grandparents Day Projects

Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 7th, 2014. If preparing for the big day didn’t exactly make it to the top of your list amidst your back-to-school preparations, don’t worry. We’ve got lots of easy-to-pull-off ideas for celebrating the grandparents in your family — both near and far — all year round.

Three Ways to Spend Time Together

If the grandparents are local, there are tons of ways that you and the kids can make the day special for them.

1. Ask Grandma and Grandpa for some of their favorite recipes and then cook them all for a big family dinner.
To make the meal even more significant, have the grandparents over early in the day and get them cooking and baking alongside you and the kids. Besides helping to prepare the meal, bigger kids can also break out their crafting skills and put together a homemade cookbook with the recipes inside.

2. Take a trip down memory lane together.
Ask the grandparents to share memories — about their own childhoods, about when they first became parents, and when they first became grandparents with your family. To take this idea even further, set up a family blog to transcribe the stories. Then make a regular date once a month or so to meet with, or call, the grandparents and add more.

3. Set up a photo shoot.
Let’s be honest, this one is for you as much as it’s for the grandparents because shots of your children and parents together are invaluable family keepsakes. You can hire a professional photographer to capture the special ways the kids and grandparents spend time together, or even try taking the photos yourself. For inspiration, check out this gallery of beautiful grandparent photos from iheartfaces.

Six Special Gifts to Give

Since not all grandparents are local, we’ve also pulled together some of our favorite gifts to send their way. Of course, grandparents who live nearby will probably love all of these, too!

1. Make a family tree.
Honor the amazing family your grandparents have founded by making a beautiful visual representation of it. We’re absolutely smitten with this mod-podged paper family tree by Made by Jill. It’s the grandkids as acorns that won us over.

2. Create handprint art.
Grandparents the world over love pretty much anything involving the sweet, small hands of their grandchildren. This grandma’s garden plate is a lovely idea that’s easy to execute. For grandparents who like to cook, consider decorating an apron with all the kiddos’ handprints like they did over on simply kierste.

3. Make custom grandkid art.
Arm the kids with porcelain or fabric markers and let them decorate a tea towel, mug or tote bag, especially for Grandma and Grandpa.

4. Give photos of the grandkids. This one’s a gimme. A custom calendar or goofy grandkids photo book with some recent shots of the grandkids is always a slam dunk. Make your project extra special by including photos of the kids holding special signs or letters with messages for their grandparents like over on I Can Teach My Child.

5. Send love in the mail. Break out the construction paper and scissors — and help your kids send a hug in the mail like Evolving Motherhood did.

6. Make them laugh. Finally, this grandparent portrait project from School Day Love is the perfect thing for younger children (and grandparents who like to laugh).

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