Honoring and Celebrating Family Elders
The greying of the population means there are more intergenerational families. It is not uncommon for today’s younger generation to have both grandparents and great-grandparents to spend time with and enjoy. Grandparents now play more prominent roles in their grandchildren’s lives. To honor that special bond, Grandparents’ Day became an official day of recognition in the U.S. in 1978. It is celebrated every fall on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Ideas to Use for Grandparents’ Day Celebrations
We have gathered a few resources to help you plan festivities your parents and your children can take part in together. Each of these four websites has ideas that can help families build stronger bonds across the generations.
- American Grandparents Association has a great website for families to take advantage of all year long. It contains everything from health and safety information to activities, crafts, and more. For Grandparents’ Day, they have projects for grandparents to do with their grandchildren of all ages.
- The Legacy Project is another website rich with activities for grandparents to share with their grandchildren. You can make a flower or butterfly with their handprint, create a scrapbook together, make a photo wreath, and more.
- Activity Village has helpful resources for Grandparents’ Day fun. Their site includes printables, coloring pages, and crafting ideas.
- The Holiday Zone is another resource for Grandparents’ Day printables, poems, puzzles, songs, plays, and more.