Grand Activities

“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” Lois Wyse

“A house needs a grandma in it.”  Louisa May Alcott

Grandparent and grandchild fishing

Fishing with Grandpa!


Grand Activities are intergenerational activities

In other words, activities that are shared by children and Grandparents or Grand Friends. It doesn’t matter whether the relationship is family or not. What matters is that we all live in a world where everyone has something to share, to teach, to learn, and where everyone can grow.

In connecting generations we cultivate relationships to where age doesn’t matter. We can share traditions, histories, skills, creativity, spirit, and a sense of wonder. And these things can be shared through Grand Activities!

The following are intergenerational or Grand Activities if you have the great fortune of having an older person in your children’s life. Here you will find activities for all ages so you may need to choose what is most appropriate for your children and older family member or friend. Adapt any activities as needed.

“I like to do nice things for my grandchildren – like buy them those toys I’ve always wanted to play with.”  Gene Perret

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Remembering My Childhood

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8 Great Things to Know About Coloring with Seniors

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Reminisce with a Grandparent

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Fun Things to do With an Older Family Member

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Make a Snow Globe that Tells a Story

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Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornament

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Gifts of Art for Grandparents

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Staying Active Together for Caregivers and Seniors

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Simple Activities to Beat the Heat

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Decorate a Gardening Hat

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Stringing Beads and Other Things-A Simple Sensory Craft

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Homemade Gift Certificate Ideas to Give to a Grandparent

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Fun Photo Inspirations for Grandparents and Grandkids

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Backyard Games to Play with an Older Family Member

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Antique Store Shopping

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Supporting our Nursing Home Residents

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The Cheerful Postcard

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World Storytelling Day

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Christmas Reminiscing

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Tips for Planning a Letter Writing Day With a Senior

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Activities with I Spy Books

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Using Drawings to Reminisce

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Crafts From Pressed Flowers

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Celebrate Grandparents Day!

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Music Appreciation For Kids and Grandparents

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Greetings with Grandparents

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5 Gardening Activities With Grandparents

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Books to Share

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Collecting and Pressing Flowers

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The Family Tree

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Video Sharing With Grandparents

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Tiny Treasure Box

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Singing Favorite Children’s Songs With a Grandparent

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7 Card Games to Play with Grandparents

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Red, White, and Blue Yogurt Dessert

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Creating Garden Markers for Remembering

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Tea Time!

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Silhouette Portrait Craft

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Penpals With Grandparents

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Read With a Grandparent

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Family I Spy With Grandma & Grandpa

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Make an Indoor Fairy Garden

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Making Connections-Kids and Grandparents

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Celebrate Grandparents!

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