What a great opportunity to do fun STEAM activities with Nana and Papa!
Flickr photo by Saint Francis Academy ccNational Grandparents Day falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It's not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers. It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade.
There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:
- To honor grandparents.
- To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children.
- To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer. (legacyproject.org)
Science: Visit a Museum
Many museums offer free admission for grandparents on Grandparents Day. For instance, the Challenger Space Center in the Phoenix area has free admission for grandparents with the purchase of a child's ticket on September 6th. They will have special presentations and activities throughout the day to help you celebrate the day.
Technology and Engineering: Do a Project
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Don't know how to do those things? Don't worry. Your grandchild probably does. Or, they at least know how to watch tutorials on YouTube. Search DIY and whatever you want to make. Then, set out to do the project together.
Not sure what to make? Check out Instructables and find a project together!
Art: Memory Box
Do you have a memory box? It doesn't have to be fancy. My children's memory boxes are made from old cigar boxes, decorated with shells on top. This Grandparent's Day, pull out those old trinkets (photos, ticket stubs, old baseball cards, lockets) and share their story with the kids. Help them make their own Memory Box out of an old box, a mason jar, or even a shoe box. (click here for a tutorial)
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Does your family have an heirloom recipe? Is there a dish that Grandpa is famous for? Bake/cook it together this weekend. To bring in an element of Math, use non-standard measurements. For instance, instead of saying "I need 1 1/2 cups of sugar", ask "if I only had this quarter cup measuring cup, how many quarter cups would I need to equal 1 1/2 cups of sugar?".
Literacy: Read with Them
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Now the fun starts. Choosing a place to read. Of course, you can go home and read on the couch, but what about taking some blankets outside and reading under a tree. Or IN a tree! What was your favorite place to read as a child? Under a blanket fortress in the living room? Share your favorites with them. Remember, it's your day.
Additional ResourcesArizona Geographic Alliance has great lesson plans that are standards based.
Grandparents Around the World (grade 1)
In this lesson students will learn the names of grandparents around the world and share how they like to spend time with their own grandmother and/or grandfather.
Grandparent Names: What Do You Call Yours?
In this lesson students will learn that grandparents have different names in different cultures. They will discover that grandparents are all unique, but that all grandparents share some common characteristics. Students will also learn where some of the names for grandparents originated.
Looking for more ideas? This website has great ideas including painting a portrait, quizzing each other, and interviews. Have a great day. Make it yours and make many memories!