National Grandparents Day is just around the corner. Before you know it, Sept. 7 will be here and grandparents will be lining up at school doors everywhere to spend quality time with their little relatives. Help make this National Grandparents Day one to remember with a few clever and thoughtful presents. Below are some gift ideas; A couple require a bit of crafting skills, but all are easy to manage. For those of you who are teachers, you can use these as class projects for the kids to make ahead of National Grandparents Day, or on the holiday with the grandparents' help.
What can grandparents cherish more than a little sign of love from their grandkids? Parents, help your children show how much they care with this cute heart-painting craft idea. The only necessary materials you will need are construction paper, kid-friendly paint, scissors and glue. Have each child take a white piece of paper and cover the sheet in multi-colored finger prints. Once he or she has finished and washed his or her hands, help your child cut out a heart shape. Take this new finger-designed heart and glue it to a colored piece of paper. You can give the work of art as is, or frame it.
No grandparent can help but brag about their grandkids, so why not make the job all the easier with a little homemade brag book? There are many ways to craft this project, but the simplest is to collect a few favorite pictures of each grandchild and attach them to a paper booklet that has been folded accordion style. Other mediums for this project can include an album made of duct-tape or an online version with digital photos.
Your child's grandparents are sure to love a custom notepad. The Pear Tree Greetings' Pictures of Me custom notepads add a personalized touch to something every grandparent uses. When writing their shopping list, grandparents can be reminded of their little loved ones. If your boy or girl wants the chance to add more personality to the notepads, choose Pear Tree's Searching for Superheroes notepads.
Hand print bird bath
This little project takes a couple pairs of steady hands and an artist's eye, but it is great fun to create. The birdbath can be made out of terra-cotta or any other clay pots and saucers. The height or number of pots you intend to purchase is totally up to you, just make sure that the bath will be high enough to enjoy but not too high that the grandkids won't be able to see inside. Start this project by gluing your terra cotta pots together end to end and mouth to mouth. Use a heavy duty glue for this project such as construction adhesive. On top of this stack you will glue a large terra cotta saucer. Once the glue has dried, take a paint brush and get creative. Finish off the project by having each grandchild place their hand print at the base of the saucer.