Celebrate Grandparents Day With Your Toddler

How to Celebrate With Young Children

Grandparents with toddler
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Grandma, nanny, poppy, grandpa, abuelo, gramps. Whatever they are called in your family, grandparents deserve to be celebrated. You may never have heard of National Grandparents Day before, but it is a real, nationally-recognized holiday celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It's the perfect time to stop and plan something special for your parents or in-laws that includes a gift or activity that recognizes the unique bond your child has with their grandparents.

While toddlers and young children may not be able to put into words how much they love their grandma and grandpa, these simple ways to celebrate will let them know that they are appreciated always, not just on Grandparents Day.

Simple, Homemade Gifts:

"DIY" might make you cringe, but you don't have to be a master crafter to tackle one of these easy projects with your little one. Even young toddlers can help create one of these special keepsakes:

  • CollageUsing any one of the many simple collage techniques that are appropriate for young kids, you can help your child put together a memento that includes photos of them with grandparents, along with things you may have kept from those times together, like a map from the zoo, a ticket stub from a train ride they took together, etc. It's a simple project, but one that will let grandparents relive those precious moments once again.
  • Crayon window art: This is a great craft that lets you make use of all those broken crayons laying around the house. It lets your child design a one-of-kind piece of window art that will brighten any room in grandma or grandpa's house and act as a constant reminder of their grandchild's love.
  • Personalized apron: The baking grandma or barbecuing grandpa may be stereotypes, but many real-life grandparents truly have a need for an apron. This apron craft ensures that every time they pick up a cooking utensil, they'll have a wider smile.
  • Milk carton bookends: Another very simple craft that's perfect for grandparents who are avid readers, these milk carton bookends will showcase your child's artwork or a photo.
  • Sweet treats: Grandparents are historically guilty of indulging their grandchild's sweet tooth. On this special day, turn the tables and let your little one serve up a sugary treat to grandma and grandpa. A simple, no-cook recipe like rice crispy treats will allow even the youngest ones to help with the preparations.

How to Make the Day Extra Special:

Although it's a day for grandparents to celebrate with their grandkids, parents can take a role in the festivities by planning these activities and gifts:

  • Set up a Skype call: If you can't be with grandparents in person, you can still give them a chance to see how much your child has grown and changed since you last visited each other. Arrange a Skype or FaceTime call with one another to catch up.
  • Start a family tree: If you plan ahead, you may be able to create a detailed family tree for Grandparents Day. If you don't have the time to do all the research now, though, you can still offer them the gift of genealogy this year. Simply start the process and begin drafting your tree, then find time throughout the year to continue working on it together with your parents and in-laws. You may be able to have your child help out as well!
  • Take a great photo: Often grandparents insist that they don't want anything for special occasions and birthdays. Even if that's true, there is one thing that no grandmother or grandfather will return: a photo of their grandchild. Of course, getting a portrait of your little one is both expensive and nerve-racking, but don't fear: you can easily take a great photo yourself. Capturing a really good picture of your child takes patience, but you'll be happy with the results. 

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