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5 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day — Even on Zoom!

2021-09-07 by Melissa & Doug
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With Grandparents Day coming up on Sunday, September 12, we thought we’d take a minute to really think about how much grandparents mean to us. It’s a special relationship — the parental figure who slips kids extra cookies when parents aren’t looking, another person to cheer kids on in whatever they do, and the one who shares stories, plays games with the kids, and so much more! Grandparents deserve to be shown appreciation every day, whether they are part of daily caregiving or sending their love from a distance, but we’re glad that there’s a holiday devoted to honoring them.

It feels more important than ever to spend quality time with the people we love. And even if you can’t be with your loved ones physically, Zoom and video calls are such a normal part of daily life now that there’s a way to spend time with people virtually. So if you have to celebrate Grandparents Day long distance, we thought we’d help kids connect with their grandparents, wherever they are. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 5 activities that are perfect for connecting on video chat — simply buy one for your kid, one for their grandparents, set up the camera, and work on the activity together, even if they’re far apart. (And of course these ideas can also work if you’re able to be together in person!)

5 Activities for Kids and Grandparents on Grandparents Day

Here are 5 activities that are perfect for celebrating Grandparents Day — whether you’re planning on in-person or long distance play.

Created by Me! Flower Fleece Quilt

Melissa & Doug Flower Fleece QuiltMake it a craft call with this no-sew, knotting project. The extra large colorful fleece blanket is perfect for snuggling at story time. Put on your pjs and mark your calendar for a standing video date, since creating this quilt might take a few sessions.

Created by Me! Bead Bouquet Wooden Bead Kit

Melissa & Doug Bead Bouquet Wooden Bead Kit

You’re never too old for friendship bracelets! Kids can make something for their grandparents (and vice versa), send them in the mail, and model them over video.

Stained Glass Made Easy – Butterfly or Stained Glass Made Easy – Unicorn

Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Made Easy Butterfly
For the young artist. Create your own “stained glass” together, then play interior designer. Take the camera around the house and have kids help decide which window the grandparent should hang their artwork in.

Jumbo Coloring Pad

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad

We all know how stressed we’ve been during the pandemic, and we know our kids have been feeling it, too. There’s a reason coloring is a classic activity — it’s easy, stress-reducing, lets kids get creative, and gives kids and grandparents something to talk about. And of course, we’re sure a page or two could be sent to Grandma and Grandpa so it can hang in a prized spot on the fridge! Other themes available, too.

Created by Me! Pet Figurines Craft Kit

Melissa & Doug Pet Figurines Craft Kit
It’s painting cats and dogs! In addition to getting crafty with decorating, kids can name their new pets and tell grandparents stories about their adventures. And every time kids look at their figurines, they’ll remember how much fun they had crafting with their grandparents.

Happy Grandparents Day! We hope you have the best time celebrating. And if you’re interested, check out some other activities that you can work on over video.
And feel free to peruse some similar blog posts:
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5 Father’s Day Printables That Make Great Father’s Day Gifts
3 Mother’s Day Printables That Make Great Mother’s Day Gifts


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