Grandparents Day is a heartwarming occasion that celebrates the invaluable role grandparents play in our lives. At school, this special day provides an excellent opportunity to bring preschool children and their grandparents together for a day of love, laughter, and cherished memories.
Some children may not have grandparents who are able to come for various reasons. Be sure to include in your parent notes that the children’s “VIPs” are welcome when a child may not have grandparents who are able to join. We want to ensure that every child feels loved and celebrated, regardless of their family circumstances.
Here are some simple but fun activities to make this special day unforgettable for our little ones.
Printable Grandparents Day Card
Here’s an easy Happy Grandparents Day Card printable for children to make!
I tend to like projects that are simple & something the children can do entirely on their own. I don’t like to micromanage the children’s artwork. I don’t tell the children exactly where each dot of glue & each pre-cut piece should be placed.
For my Pre-K class, I printed these cards on cardstock, and folded them in half. Each child made two cards, for both sides of their family (or if they don’t have grandparents on both sides, they could use the cards however they need to).
I gave them crayons, markers, glue, sequins, and butterfly paper punches. I put a heart on the front of the card because children are always asking me to draw a heart for them when they make something for someone they love. I let them choose what they wanted to do with the card & what materials they used. The end result showed each child’s individuality.
Help your preschoolers create handprint art with the assistance of their grandparents. Use tempera paint or construction paper to make colorful handprints on paper or canvas.
Organize a sing-along session with the children’s favorite songs or nursery rhymes. Choose traditional songs and rhymes so the Grandparents can join in the fun and sing along with their grandkids.
Family Photos Collage
Have the kids and their grandparents bring in family photos. Together, they can create a collage using the pictures, showcasing different generations and family moments.
Grandparents Day Tea Party
Host a mini tea party with herbal tea and snacks. Preschoolers and their special guests can share “tea” and stories together.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Take the preschoolers and their VIPs on a nature scavenger hunt around the school or park. Create a list of easy-to-find items like leaves, rocks, flowers, etc., and see how many they can find together. You can use this Nature Walk Checklist.
DIY Photo Frames
Provide craft materials like popsicle sticks, sequins, markers, and glue. Preschoolers and their grandparents can create personalized photo frames to hold their favorite pictures.
Set up a bubble station with different bubble wands and solutions. Preschoolers and guests can have a blast blowing and chasing bubbles together.
If your school has a garden, invite the grandparents to help the preschoolers plant some flowers or seeds. The students will have the garden all year to remember their special day with their grandparents or VIPs.
Cookie or Cupcake Decorating
Provide unfrosted sugar cookies or cupcakes with cups of icing and sprinkles. Let the preschoolers and grandparents or VIPs decorate their treats together. They can enjoy the tasty treats afterward.
Books to Share
Grandparents Day at school is a fun celebration that brings together preschoolers with their grandparents or special guests, creating cherished memories through engaging activities.