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Grandparents Day Crafts for Your Class

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Updated | 4 min read

Looking for Grandparents Day crafts to make with your students to celebrate the special older people in their lives? Perhaps you’re after some gorgeous Grandparents Day cards for them to decorate. Either way, you’re in the right place!

This celebration is a favourite for some primary teachers, especially those teaching in the Early Years! At Teach Starter, we’re all about stocking teachers’ toolkits with everything they need for teaching triumphs.

With that in mind, our team of teachers and designers have put together some beautiful Grandparents Day crafts which will delight your students, and their grandparents, and make this special day a success!

Grandparents Day Crafts

Whether you’re inviting grandparents into the classroom for Grandparents Day or just looking for something special to mark the day, Grandparents Day crafts can be a lot of fun for students and work on other skills, (like fine motor and literacy) while they’re at it!

Tell Nanny and Poppy They Rock

Give those grandies something rocking with a fun “Grandparents Rock” craftivity, complete with paper guitars and a space for students to practice their penmanship while writing notes of appreciation.

my grandparents rock grandparents day craftivity — teach starter

Combine Writing With Craft

Combine Grandparents Day craft with a chance for students to practice their handwriting with a Grandparents Day writing craftivity!

Create Grandparents Day Crowns

Use these fun printable Grandparents Day crowns to help students craft some headgear to show off how much they love their grandparents!

Grandparents Day Cards

Grandparents Day cards are a lovely way to share the celebration with grandparents who may not be able to visit your classroom. With distance and mobility challenges in mind, try to get these prepared a few weeks early so that parents can help little students take or post them to grandparents and special people!

Make Tea Cup Cards

Teach the importance of recycling, and create a Grandparents’ Day craft at the same time with this fun tea cup card idea!

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Empty egg cartons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Felt
  • Tea bags
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Additional decorating items such as buttons or stickers

Younger students may need a little help with the cutting of this Grandparents’ Day craft, but many of the elements will help them work on their fine motor skills, as well as offer an opportunity to practice handwriting.

 

Instructions:

  1. Fold a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card in half to form a card.
  2. Trace the folded card on your felt, and cut out the rectangular shape.
  3. Glue your felt to the front of your card.
  4. Cut the egg cups out of your egg carton.
  5. Turn your card horizontal, with the opening pointing toward, and glue your egg cup to the front section, right in the center of the felt. This will be your teacup.
  6. Form a semicircle with a pipe cleaner, and glue it to the side of your egg cup, forming a “handle” for your cup.
  7. Decorate the remainder of the card with additional felt, buttons, stickers, etc.
  8. Write a note on the inside of the card to a grandparent or special someone.
  9. Slip a tea bag into the egg cup. Teachers, you may want to grab your stapler and staple this in place so it doesn’t slip out when this Grandparents’ Day craft is carted home!

grandparents day craft featuring a tea cup card

Planning a Grandparents Day Celebration

Before you set up any function, be mindful of students who may not have grandparents in their lives. Some may have passed away, some may not live nearby, and some may simply not have contact. Any Grandparents’ Day functions or celebrations should be inclusive of all students. With that in mind, we’ve developed ideas for Grandparents’ Day that can be adapted to celebrate a “special person” in a child’s life just as easily.

Inviting grandparents to visit for a celebration is a lovely way to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. Excited children get to show off their classroom, grandparents get a rare chance to peek behind the scenes at the place where their beloved grandchildren spend their day, and you have some very happy students on your hands!

A few ideas we love to make a visit like this work:

  • Invite the Guests — Have your students create Grandparents’ Day invitations — these simple invitations can be printed and filled out by students.
  • Show and Tell — Challenge students to conduct an interview with their grandparent or special someone prior to the event. On the big day, allow students to show off their grandparent, show and tell style, sharing one interesting fact they just learned! Use this grandparent interview template as a scaffold!
  • Photo Gallery Wall — Make grandparents and special guests feel special by creating a photo gallery to honor them. Ask your students to bring in a photograph and highlight their special person in this InstaGrandma and InstaGrandpa template. On the big day, students can show their person the photo on the wall and ask questions about when and where it was taken.
  • Classroom Tour — Take things one step further by inviting students to take their grandparent or special guest on a classroom tour to show off their desk, work displays, or other special spots in the classroom.
  • Group Work With the Grandparents — Our Grandparents Day Top 10 Reasons Worksheet is a great way to get your students thinking about why they love their grandparent(s) or special guest. Have students fill it out before the event to present to their special person. You can extend this Grandparents’ Day idea by asking special guests to reciprocate and give ten reasons why they love their grandchild.
  • Sing a Song for the Guests — Teach your young learners a new song to sign to welcome their guests on Grandparents Day! One of our favorites is The More We Get Together.

Explore the best Grandparents’ Day activities, card templates, and more resources, created by teachers to add to your teacher toolkit!

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