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For each grandparent, make a blank card by folding a piece of construction paper in half. Invite your child to decorate the card using one of the ideas below. Then write a greeting dictated by your child inside the card.
Brush tempera paint on your child's palm, covering it completely. Help him press his hand onto the front of the card to make a print.
Have your child use a washable inkpad to make thumbprints here and there on the front of the card. Then let him use a fine point marker to turn the prints into such things as flowers, bugs, cars, or animals.

For each portrait, purchase a cardboard photo mat, available where picture frames are sold. Give your child a piece of paper cut to fit the frame and ask her to draw a picture of Grandma or Grandpa or both together. Let her decorate the frame with such items as glued-on magazine pictures, yarn or rickrack pieces, or stickers. Tape your child's drawing to the back of the frame so that the picture shows through the opening. Then let her give the portraits to her grandparents on their special day.


Collect photos of your child's grandparents to use for the following games.
Ask your child to point out Grandma and Grandpa in family group photos.
Set out two photos of each grandparent and ask your child to identify each one. Then mix up the photos and invite him to find the match-ups.
Use small photo albums to make books about your child's grandparents for him to "read." On index cards, include such information as special names, addresses, pets, occupations, and hobbies. Then illustrate the information with the grandparents' photos.
Ask your child's grandparents to explain a game or an activity they enjoyed when they were your child's age. Then play the game or do the activity with your child. While you do so, talk about how Grandma and Grandpa did the same thing when they were little.

Ask your child to tell what she likes about visiting Grandma and Grandpa, and write each of her responses on a separate piece of paper. Invite her to draw pictures illustrating her responses. Then fasten the papers together with a paper cover to make a book for her to "read" to her grandparents.
Tune: "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Grandma is my special friend,
Special friend, special friend.
Grandma is my special friend.
I love her, yes I do.
Grandma likes to play with me,
Play with me, play with me.
Grandma likes to play with me,
And says she loves me too.
Heather McPhail
Sing the song again, substituting "Grandpa" for "Grandma."

If grandparents live nearby, let your child help make cookies or decorate cupcakes to present to Grandma and Grandpa.
Honor far away grandparents by serving your child a special snack that you enjoyed with your own grandparents.