8 Fun Grandparents Day Activities & Ideas for Celebrating This Year

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8 Fun Grandparents Day Activities & Ideas for Celebrating This Year

August 23, 2021
posted by Mindy Stumpf

                grandparents day visit in a wagon

The bond between a grandparent and a grandchild is unlike any other. Grandparents are among children’s first role models, first teachers, and first best friends.

In honor of National Grandparents Day on September 12, we’re highlighting ways families can celebrate the special grandparents in their lives by cherishing warm memories and creating new ones. Whether in person, distanced, or connecting over video chat, here are 8 activites and ideas for grandkids to celebrate their grandparents on Grandparents Day this year.

 

Quality Time Activities

Finding ways to check-in and celebrate loved ones is essential this Grandparents Day! Here are a few ideas to connect with loved ones.

 

1. Virtual Visit

Level up a typical video chat with a virtual activity to celebrate this Grandparents Day. Ask your grandparent to read their favorite story over video chat or play this printable game for grandparents and grandkids while you catch up. Find the free printable Grandparents Day game PDF here. 

 

2. Distanced Drop-In

Take a wagon ride to grandma and grandpa’s front porch for a distanced visit and deliver a handwritten card to make them smile on their special day.Check out these 4 adorable free printable cards for Grandparents Day in PDF form here. 

 

3. Together Time

Enjoy the last of summer days by inviting the grandparents over for an afternoon of outdoor games. This is the perfect time for grandparents to teach their grandchild their favorite hobby or skill too!

 

Meals & Memories

For many families, meals are a time to reconnect with loved ones even if just a few moments each day. Celebrate Grandparents Day through food in three different ways:

 

4. Cooking Class

Grandparents should pull out their favorite recipe for a virtual cooking tutorial. Families on each end of the call should prepare ingredients and supplies ahead of time so grandparents can teach their grandchildren how to make the perfect pie or the creamiest pasta ever over a video call. Stick around on the call to enjoy the dish together and catch up over a great meal.

 

5. Distanced Dining

Both the grandparent and grandchild can make their favorite dishes and drop them off at the other’s house to enjoy. Or, the grandchild can make their favorite snack (with a guardian’s help of course!) and bring it to an outdoor picnic on Grandparent's Day.

 

6. Co-Chefs

If your family is together this Grandparents Day, choose a family favorite dish or dessert that holds sentimental value. Grandparents can talk about the origins of the recipe and pass it down for their grandkids to make with their families one day.

 

Sentimental Stories Activities

In a time where technology connects us more than ever, it’s so important to share favorite lessons, stories, and memories.

  

7. Camera Chats

Use these family conversation starters during your next video call to learn more about each family member. 

 
Think you're already an expert? Test your knowledge with a game like two truths and a lie to see how well you really know your grandparent! 
 

8. (Distanced) Walk Down Memory Lane

Whether you're distanced or together, pull out a photo album to reminisce on stories of when grandparents were their grandchildren’s age. This can also be done virtually by simply flipping the camera during a video chat to show a photo album. Kids will love to hear all the fun adventures their grandparents went on when they were their age.

 

Show us how your family is celebrating Grandparent’s Day this year by using #radioflyer. We wish a very Happy Grandparents Day to all of the Nanas & Papas, Mawmaws & Pawpaws, and Nonnas & Nonnos out there!