1-2-3 Come Do Some Grandparents Day Activities With Me
In 1978 President Carter made Grandparent’s Day an official celebration. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the holiday.
Although it’s celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day, I like to plan some sort of grandparent activity later in the month, when my students have gotten used to the routines of school; before we invite grandparents for a fun-filled hour with their grandchild.
Because even a celebration has to have some sort of educational activity, I designed several items that fit the bill.
First up, “ABC My Grandparents Are To Me…” which includes an alphabetical list of adjectives that describe grandma and grandpa. Such as, A is for awesome.
Besides reinforcing letters, this activity is also a great way to build vocabulary.
The packet comes with several alphabet worksheet options, to fit the various needs of children: One for grandparents, a separate one for grandma, as well as grandpa; plus a fill-in-the blank one, so children can write in someone else, if they don’t have grandparents.
Younger students can “trace the letter” on their worksheet, while older students can think up their own adjectives and write them down after the letter.
There’s also a second page, handprint worksheet as well.
Handprints can be made with paint, or paper, which is less messy, but tracing, cutting and gluing takes more time.
Next up is a super-fun Grandparents Day craft that I call Instagrama & Instagrampa Grams.
For those of you who follow me, you know that I love diddling around with "play on words", so I had an absolute blast designing this Instagram-inspired craft.
The prep is easy-peasy “print and go”.
There are several pattern options to fit the needs of your students:one for both grandparents, another for just grama, as well as a separate one for grampa; plus a generic one, for those kiddos without grandparents.
Children can “post” a picture to their “grand person” by cutting and gluing a real photograph (perhaps their school photo) to one of the rectangles on their “phone”, or drawing a picture (perhaps of themselves or grama/grampa).
I’ve also included a set of small pictures for children to color, cut & glue inside the boxes of their paper phone.
I chose this particular clip art because it looks like it was drawn by a child.
Students can design their phone anyway they want, or you can give them guidelines; such as, include at least one photo, one drawn object, etc.
There’s also a set of 4 Emoji faces. Children can choose one, and glue that to one of the empty rectangles too.
As always, I’ve included full color options for teachers, so you can quickly and easily make an example to share, as well as black & white for students.
There’s also a second page option if you want to add a bit of writing, rhyming and math to this craftivity.
Ive included a pattern for grandparents, as well as one without the text message, so students can write something to another person.
The card can be done as a fun homework assignment, completed in class, or done during your grandparents day activities.
Finally, today's featured FREEBIE is also for your Grandparents Day celebration.
I thought you might like a time-saving "print & go" invitation, which your students can color and fill in, then take home.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
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