Did you know that September 13 is Grandparent's Day this year? It's a day dedicated to making time for your elders and showing them that they are truly appreciated for all that they have done. What better way to show them that you care than to make them homemade Grandparent's Day gifts?
Here are a few craft ideas that your kids will not only have fun with, but that their grandparent's will absolutely adore.
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Whether done at home or on a crafty outing, handled by a professional or managed by little hands, it is a great way to enjoy a couple hours of any day. Grandparents and grandchildren alike can enjoy in the fun that comes from making something from nothing. Turn it on a wheel to make a bowl, or create any number of characters and objects with a few simple tools. Many types of clay are able to be baked right in your home oven, so have some fun with Gram and Gramps and have something unique to show for it.
Who doesn't love the taste of scrumptious baked goods? Whip out the cookbook, online recipes, or family tradition recipes and watch them have a ball. Have the camera ready to catch those once-in-a-lifetime moments on camera. Then stand back and let the grandparent's lead the way. The kids will love the opportunity to munch on snacks and everyone will have the chance to spend some quality time together!
If you don't have a highly functional kitchen, or maybe you have a different event that takes up most of the time, then you can always opt to have the kids give Grandparent's Day cookies as their gift. There are places online that allow you to order gifts for the special occasion. Easy and painlessly.
Speaking of clay, today there are many places that can now brag a "paint your own pottery" shop. These establishments dedicated to creating something personal and beautiful are a wonderful place to have some fun while being crafty. The clay object is already made for you. You just have to decorate it anyway you see fit. Another great thing about places like this is that they are usually located in areas where there are many shops and restaurants, so the fun can continue after the creations are complete.
Very inexpensive, but a whole lot of fun are finger-paints. These can be bought at a variety of craft supply stores and discount chains. For the younger grandchildren, they can be a wonderful solution for hours of fun with Grandma and Grandpa.
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In a rainbow of colors, they provide a myriad of options for creating beautiful works of art, while getting a little messy in the process.
These kits have been around for ages, so Grandpa will be very familiar with them. When it comes time for Grandparent's Day and you want something to entertain the men- big and little- in your life, build your own airplane kits are built for creative fun followed by hours of flying in the sun.
The kits can start at just six dollars per plane. So, for a very small investment, you can provide hours of grandparent-related fun.
Not into planes? Try for cars, trains or trucks. If they don't have the dexterity or patience for this type of thing, maybe have the children give a classic gift set instead. Anything that they can build together and have fun will be more than enough entertainment for everyone.
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This project, perfect for a grandmother and granddaughter, requires the use of a scanner, computer and printer. You will also need some inkjet-friendly magnetic sheets. These can be found for sale at a number of office supply stores and some discount chains.
Online, you can find a number of paper doll templates. Print your favorite on traditional copy paper, so you can use them as templates for creating your own doll and clothing designs. Once everyone has drawn out their own dolls and clothing, scan the images into the computer and reprint on the magnetic sheet. Cut them out and use them on the fridge as a fun and creative way to display photos or special papers.
With a little creative spirit, Grandparent's Day can be a great time for all generations involved. The day is made to simply show them that you appreciate them and care about them. You can honor those who have had a special impact on your life and lives of your children in a way that ensures that another special memory is made.
Start planning today to prepare that special day for your kids and their grandparents, they'll both enjoy having time spent together and they'll cherish it for years to come.