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Crafts With Grandparents

I thought the following(request for contribution) was a lovely post about family and a fun craft idea. Thank you Olivia. 🙂

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With all of the technology around, it may be hard for some grandparents to get their grandchildren to put down the laptop or game controller and convince the children to spend more time with them. Here are two crafts you can do with your own grandchildren that will engage them and perhaps pave the way towards a closer relationship with them.


The Story of Mom/Dad

By creating a book of what their parent’s life was like growing up, they’ll not only learn something, but will feel closer to your and their parent. What you’ll need is a scrapbook, decorative paper, scissors, glue or tape, family photos through the years, and markers or pens. You can get any of these supplies at your local craft store. Bring your grandchild with you so they can help pick out the scrapbook and paper.

Go through old pictures of your son or daughter and share stories about what your grandchild’s father or mother was like. Start from when he or she was a baby and work your way up to the present. Each page in the scrap book can contain either one picture or a bunch of pictures cut out with a part of the story written out. Decide who will cut pictures, who will write the story and who will glue everything down. If you don’t have a picture for a particular story you’d like to share, ask your grandchild to draw what he or she think happened and include it in the book.

When it’s finished, it can be something your grandchild and you can treasure together or it can be used as a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift or as a birthday present. Be sure to include your grandchild’s name and yours on the title page.

Where Do I Come From?

Another craft you can do with your grandchild that is educational and entertaining is centered around sharing your nationality. Whether you come from one country or several, it’s important for children to know where they come from. And who’s better suited to teach them than you? For this craft you’ll need poster board or a large map of the world, pictures from photo albums or magazines that depict your culture, scissors, glue or tape, a frame big enough to display your board or map, and something to hang it on.

What you are going to make together is a wall decoration that will display the pride of your family’s heritage. First, discuss with your grandchild what countries you come from. Talk about what makes each country unique and what it has to do with your family. Then ask if he or she has any ideas on where to get pictures showing these aspects. You can use family photos, images from magazines or pictures you find online.

Once you have all your pictures ready, cut them out and place them on your board. If you are using a map, try to place the pictures near the country they belong to. If there isn’t enough room, spread them out and draw arrows or lines going from the pictures to the country. If you’re using poster board, create any design you want.

When you have everything where you want it, use glue or tape to attach all your pictures. This is something your grandchild can do on his or her own. Once everything is glued down, wait for it to dry, then place it in the frame and hang it up where everyone will see. Be sure to sign your names at the bottom so everyone will know who created such a wonderful piece.
These two ideas can go a long way to bridging the gap between grandparent and grandchild. Give them a try and see how well you bond together. Have fun!

Olivia Nicholas is a writer, blogger and mom. She manages her home business of Plug In Candles and in her spare time loves to read, write and travel.

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