<!–[CDATA[No matter where you go in the world, grandparents are a mainstay of support for younger generations. An entire lifetime of caring for and about their children provides them with vast stores of knowledge and wisdom to share with the youngest generation of the family.
Grandparent’s Day is a chance to honor them for everything they’ve given and for all the wisdom they hold. This year, it’s celebrated on September 10th.
Intergenerational Family Activities to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day
1. Spend Time Together in the Great Outdoors
Everyone benefits from breathing fresh air, getting close to nature, and engaging in physical activity. Going fishing, taking a walk, or having a picnic in the park are all good ways to start.
Another option is a road trip to a local nature hotspot like a state park. There’s often an added benefit to visiting parks: a visitor’s center complete with restrooms, vending machines, and fresh drinking water to make your day hassle-free.
2. Whip Up a Family Recipe Together
Grandparents can share a family recipe with the grandkids on Grandparent’s Day. It’s fun for everyone because it’s a productive way to spend time together. It’s also packed with meaning – passing down a traditional family recipe is a good way to bond across the generations. But the best part is at the end of the day everyone gets to enjoy the dish together!
3. Create a Family Treasure Box
What child doesn’t love the idea of a treasure box? Make one together that has special family meaning. Together, you can fill it with mementos that each of you values. It might be copies of favorite family photos, ticket stubs, an old watch or other meaningful items.
Be sure to share stories of why you chose each item and why it holds special meaning to you.
4. Get Creative Together
Kids also love poems, songs, plays, and videos. So why not delve into the creative arts together?
Depending on your artistic talents, you could write a poem or a song together. Even preparing a small dramatic performance could be fun—it all depends on your interests and talents.
Justin Timberlake, a famous singer, songwriter, and dancer, created a touching video for his grandparents. Of course, not everyone has access to the production resources (and the talent) of Mr. Timberlake, but his video is very inspiring.
5. Simply Enjoying the Art of Polite Conversation Together
For seniors who wish to take things easy, a lot of fun can be had over a simple meal or ‘tea time’ conversation. If you’re stuck on what to talk about, here are some questions you can use to get started.
Conversation Starters for Grandparents
- If you had a million dollars, what would you do?
- Would you rather be stuck without internet or soap for a month?
- What’s on your bucket list?
- If you could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be? Why?
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Intergenerational Activities at Five Star Senior Living
Families whose senior loved ones reside at a Five Star Living community can gain peace of mind knowing family always comes first in our communities. Visit us online to learn more about the Five Star Difference.