Grandparents Day is a special event that’s celebrated in many countries around the world, including here in South Africa. It’s a time for family, but unfortunately, with busy lifestyles often getting in the way, it can be easy to lose sight of what Grandparents Day is really about.
That’s why we should all take some time to think about why we celebrate Grandparents Day, and come up with some great Grandparents Day ideas that will show all of those extraordinary people in our lives how much we care about them.
Why we celebrate Grandparents Day
So, why do we celebrate Grandparents Day? It’s an important question for people of all ages to consider, but the answer is very simple: to show the older generations of the family how much we appreciate them. It gives us a chance to express how thankful we are for everything our parents and grandparents have done to ensure that we’ve grown up happy and healthy.
Grandparents Day is also an excellent opportunity for us to spend time with our grandparents, learn more about them, make some precious memories together and do our part to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people.
How to celebrate Grandparents Day
From thinking up your own Grandparents Day poems to simply hanging out with the family, there are plenty of fun Grandparents Day ideas you can enjoy. Here are just a few of them:
- Creating homemade greetings cards
- Enjoying family activities like baking and painting
- Making special gifts, like a flower bouquet from your garden
- Taking a picnic to the local park or beach
- Asking a grandparent to share a story from their past
- Getting your camera out to take some family photos
Remember — Grandparents Day is primarily about spending time with loved ones, so don’t worry if you don’t have anything extravagant planned. In fact, some of the very best Grandparents Day ideas are the simplest, and we’ve got some great inspiration for you!
Fun Grandparents Day ideas
If you’re still wondering how to celebrate Grandparents Day, then we have some answers! We’ve listed a few of our favourite ideas here, and we hope they’ll inspire you to get creative and see what fun Grandparents Day ideas you can think up. Some of our ideas are a little messy, but that’s part of the fun – and OMO have some excellent stain removal tips to help you clean up afterwards. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- Grandparents Day poems
When it comes to Grandparents Day poems, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. Older children may be able to practice their rhyming skills, while younger children can simply write what’s in their heart. Whichever way your kids write their Grandparents Day poems, they’re sure to be unique. Try to keep some tissues to hand to mop up any happy tears!
- Bake brownies
What better way for your kids to spend time with their grandparents than to bake some brownies together? This is a chance for grandparents to impart some baking wisdom onto their grandchildren, and a chance for the grandkids to show off their impressive baking skills. Perhaps best of all, the whole family gets a tasty treat to enjoy at the end of the day. Yum!
Remember: children should always be supervised when helping in the kitchen. Young children are great helpers when it comes to mixing or measuring ingredients but an adult should do any cutting and put items in the oven.
- Make a family portrait collage
Kids love having the opportunity to get creative (and messy!), and it’s really fun and simple to make a family portrait collage. You can either make it a fun bonding activity between kids and grandparents, or the collage could be framed and given as a Grandparents Day gift. Stick family photos onto some coloured card, and then have fun adding lots of decorations!
Remember — not everyone in your family is related to you by blood. If there’s a very special older person in your life who you feel deserves to be recognised on this important day, let them know you care.