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6 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day in Indiana

September 8, 2015

6 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day in Indiana
The Census Bureau estimates are that by 2030, for the first time in our nation’s history, the number of adults over the age of 65 will exceed the number of children under the age of five. A longer life expectancy means more children have grandparents playing a key role in their lives. In addition to providing unconditional love and support, grandparents in the Hoosier state commonly help with transportation and child care for the youngest generation of their family.
In honor of the role seniors play in the family, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated as Grandparents Day every year since 1979. It is a day set aside for families and communities to recognize the contributions of the older generation.

Celebrating Across the Generations
Many organizations, including the Five Star Senior Living communities across Indiana, will be hosting events on Sunday, September 13th.  If you would like to celebrate this day at home, we’ve developed a list of activities your children and their grandparents might enjoy doing together:
  1. Make a Family Calendar: There are a variety of software programs and apps that make this easy to do. Your family can identify key dates important in your lives and find photos that tell the story.
  2. Create a Miniature Garden: These tiny little gardens have been gaining in popularity over the past few years. You can choose a theme such as Day at the Beach or The Pumpkin Patch and set up a miniature garden that tells the story. You can be creative in what you use for the garden container. It might be an old picnic basket, a wicker basket or even a stainless steel tub. Supplies are available at most garden centers and from a variety of online garden sites.
  3. Record a Family Video: This project could take a variety of forms. You could come up with a fun video set to music that you all lip sync to or something more serious that documents your family’s history. It might be your children asking their grandchildren questions about their lives and personal journey.  
  4. Make a Family Cookbook: Handwritten recipes from a variety of family members can be copied, laminated and combined in to a cherished cookbook. The two generations can even create handmade covers for each of the family cookbooks.
  5. Put Together a Family Tree: You could complete this activity in a variety of ways. One might be a handmade tree your children and their grandparents create using supplies they find at a local craft store. If the children or grandparents have good technology skills, they might also want to use an online avenue to build their family tree. Family Echo, Geni and My Heritage are ones to consider.
  6. Assemble a Time Capsule: This is another inexpensive project families can enjoy together. It might help if you create a list of questions and make a copy for each family member to complete. You could include questions such as who their favorite musician is, what their favorite restaurant is, what kind of car they drive, and more. Add copies of photos to your time capsule too. Agree on a date in the future when you will open it together.
We hope this list gives you some great ideas for all three generations of your family to enjoy on Grandparents Day 2015!