Grandparents day is Sunday, September 12th. For a ‘fun Friday’ activity you can have students create cards or arts and crafts projects for them to give to their grandparents this weekend. Below are a few websites with activities that would be great for elementary students. If a student doesn’t have a grandparent, they can make the art or craft activity for their parents or for a meaningful adult in their life like a friend of the family, aunt, or uncle. Your class could also make crafts that could then be delivered to a local nursing home or retirement community.
Arts & Crafts
DLTK’s Kids Growing Together site has a variety of arts and craft activities for students to complete. On this site the teacher can print out grandparent color pages, cards, doorknob hangers, paper picture frames, and special stationary paper. They also have several craft ideas including creating a gift bag out of a small brown lunch bag, or creating a flower with a picture of the student using cupcake wrappers. These activities would be great for student in Pre-K up to 2nd grade.
Learning about Grandparents Day
On Apple’s for the Teacher, they also have many arts and craft activities that students can complete. For older students, they have activities where students can incorporate language arts by writing a poem for their grandparents. There are gift ideas and activities that would actually incorporate the grandparents into an activity at school. At my school, we have a grandparents breakfast that coincides with the opening of our book fair. On this site, there is also an abundant of written information about the history of grandparents day and a cute link about students explaining what their grandparents are and how they are important in their life. This site has a great list of books that would be appropriate for grandparents day reading.
Creative Last Minute Activities
On the Family Crafts page on About.com, they have a great list of ideas of how you can incorporate activities and crafts for Grandparents day into your classroom. Many of these ideas are very easy to implement and can be completed with the typical arts and crafts materials that you already have in your classroom. Students can create collages, draw a picture of their grandparents, and create fun certificates or coupons to give as a gift to their grandparents. Writing activities include writing a reflection about what makes your grandparents special and writing a poem. Other tie- ins for other subjects include having the students create a small play they can act out for their grandparents or learning how to say grandma and grandpa in different languages.
All of these activities and crafts can be adapted for different grade and ability levels. Students can be paired up for many of these activities and act as helpers for students who may not have the mobility skills to cut paper or paste. For the written activities, teachers can provide guidance by providing sentence or poem starters for the students. Technology can be incorporated by having the students create cards or poems using a publishing or word processing program. It would be great to incorporate one of these activities and then on Monday have the students share their experiences with their grandparents and what their reactions were to the great and creative arts and craft presents that they received on their special day.
– Article By Laura Ketcham
– Picture By Wm Chamberlain