Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 8 so it’s time to pull out the hand paint, markers, scissors, cameras, and maybe make some salt dough because there’s nothing that says, “I love you grandma!” like a handmade gift. In our house, we love making sentimental, cheesy, one-of-a-kind gifts because we know they mean a lot to those who receive them and, hey, they can be a lot of fun too! If you’re looking for some ways to tell the grandparents in your life that you and your children love them, here are some great crafts for kids.

Salt Dough

One of our favorite things to do is make salt dough hand and foot impressions. Even young toddlers can take part in the mixing, kneading, and crafting so it’s really easy and it’s a great way to save impressions of their little hands and feet. You can also make different shapes.

Salt Dough

Recipe

Ingredients:

½ cup salt

½ cup flour

¼ cup water

Directions: Preheat the oven to 200 °F. Mix together the ingredients. Knead until dough forms. Make impression and place on parchment paper. Bake for about 3 hours. Paint as desired. Use a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife to write on the dough.

Framed Photos

I’ve always loved to frame a photo of my children with their grandparents and add a special or meaningful quote along the edge of the matting. Sometimes they can draw a picture or make handprints to frame the photo as well. Here are some great quotes (note that sometimes there are quotes that are meant for fathers/mothers that can also be great for grandparents).

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

“If ever there comes a day when we cannot be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” – A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

“Grandmas can see what’s invisible to they eye because they look with their hearts.” – Anonymous

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.” – A.A. Milne

Another photo shoot option would be to take photos of your kids holding wooden letters to spell out their grandparent’s nickname and frame them. I found this example online but you could simply do “Nana” or “Pop” if you have less time.

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Handprint Art

So many cute projects come to mind when you think about handprints. Whether you make elephants, hearts, flowers, or hand and footprint combinations, grandparents will love them!

Another cute cutout that I’ve recently seen uses hands to make a heart. I’ll be giving this one a try this year!

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*Update* It worked! I think the grandparents liked them too.

Grandparents Day Art 

Distance Gifts

If you live far away from your child’s grandparents, try sending a hug. You can either outline your child’s head and arms, decorate, cut it out, and fold it up OR you can just make a smaller card with arms (see example below). Either way, it will warm a grandparent’s heart to receive a nice long-distance hug.

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Happy Grandparents Day to all of the special grandparents out there!! To Gramma, Grampa, and Sheree Grandma, THANK YOU for all that you do for us and our boys. We appreciate you and LOVE YOU!

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