I couldn’t let this day end without a post on National Grandparents Day, it just wouldn’t feel right. Yes, it’s late but I truly believe celebrating your grandparents should not be limited to one day so I’ve come up with a week’s worth of ideas of what you can do with your grandparents this week. Our time with them is so valuable and stays in our hearts always. I would have given anything to see my grandma today and spend time with her at her assisted living complex. I miss her company but my memories with her will always be with me. And they are also some fun ideas you or your children can do next time they visit grandma and grandpa!
So, to start I wanted to give you some facts on this day came about:
National Grandparents Day was founded by Marian McQuade, a housewife from Fayette County, WV. Her motivation in starting it was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also wanted to grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents could provide. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year the first Sunday after Labor Day. (Adapted from Grandparents-day.com)
Now for the fun stuff, here are some activities to do with your grandparents this week and any week:
- Crafts: I have fond memories of working on different crafts at my grandma’s house whether we were coloring in a coloring book, making a homemade bookmark, or just using our imagination– we were always crafting at Grandma Frieda’s. You can find anything to craft at your local Michael’s store, so bring it to grandma’s & craft away.
- Cook a meal: My Abuela (grandma in spanish, she is still with us) cooks some of the best Colombian food. I always loved watching, if not helping her prepare a meal. Haven’t cooked with your grandparents yet? Try it, you’ll probably have fun and learn more than you thought!
- Play BINGO: Grandma Frieda was playing BINGO until her last days. She always loved the thrill of the win, and I wish I went and played with her before she passed away. I will always have a love for BINGO because of her though, it is fun! Take a night away from the casino and play BINGO with your grandparents at their nursing home and if they aren’t in a nursing home most local churches, temples, etc have BINGO at least once a week.
- Watch a movie: Find a good movie on tv or even go out to see a new one, maybe you’ll have a great discussion after?
- Play 21 questions: Grandparents have a wealth of information and I was lucky Grandma Frieda was always ready to share hers. Play 21 questions and get to know their history, ideals, and so much more.
- Bake a cake: Take the night off and bake a cake. I wish I did this with my grandma even if it was from a box.
- Enter contests or take a chance on scratch-offs: Grandma Frieda used to always love entering contests so get together with your grandparents and enter some online. And if you’re 18 and older grab a few scratch-offs and see who wins a few bucks. My Grandma Frieda used to have all the luck when it came to contests and scratch-offs.
Our time is short so use it wisely! Let me know if you do any of these activities with your grandparents this week! I’d love your feedback.