They help out with the children, always have hard boiled sweets, never forget a birthday and they’ve even helped our species evolve. Grandparents are the best.
They hold a special place in children’s hearts and spending time together actually helps our little ones’ development. They expect no thanks, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t offer it, and now we have the perfect excuse to do so – Grandparents Day.
Sunday 4th October is officially the day to show your eternal gratitude to the most enthusiastic babysitters in town. Shun the greetings cards and the gift shops and do something really special instead.
In this world of touch screens and tablets, it’s more important than ever that we make time to read with our children from actual books. Poring over a story together is truly a joy and the perfect activity for grandchild and grandparent to enjoy together.
Make it extra special this weekend by picking a book that celebrates grandparents. From classics such as Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Katie Morag books by Mairi Hedderwick and David Walliams’ zany Grandpa’s Great Escape – there are plenty of stories about brilliant grandparents.
Gone are the days of disposable cameras and lengthy developing – it’s never been easier to get photos out of your camera and into a frame. With websites such as Photobox, you can upload pictures, choose a size and style and they’ll post them to you as soon as the very next day.
So why not get around to finally printing those beautiful photos of the children with your parents? Once the copies arrive, you can get the children involved in turning them into a special gift for their grandparents – decorating a frame or even sticking them all into an album that they can keep adding to each year.
Walk up an appetite
Is there a more perfect way to spend a Sunday than with a walk through crunchy autumn leaves followed by a slap-up lunch? Tailor your route, from hike to gentle amble, to the sprightliness of your grandparents.
Non-negotiable, though, is that the cooking is taken care of for them (and the washing up!). If your children aren’t too little, why not get them involved with making lunch? These simple autumn fruit tartlets are an easy seasonal dessert that they can rustle up with just a little help.
Family day out
There’s really no shortage of great days out around the UK, and a quick hunt online can unearth all sorts of treasures. Make Grandparents Day a little different by discovering somewhere near your home that the whole family will enjoy.
Check your local museums and galleries for special exhibitions tailored to children. Zoos, theme parks and playgrounds always go down well with all ages, while nature trails, trips to the seaside and local parks are low cost and can often be just as magical.
Pass something on
Grandparents are often in possession of hidden, wonderful skills just waiting to be discovered and passed on to grandchildren. Why not dedicate Grandparents Day to learning everything you can? From knitting and gardening to origami and playing chess – what will you and your little ones learn from their elders this year?
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