5 Ways to Make Grandparents’ Day Extra Special This Year

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Grandparents Day Educents BlotGetting ready for some fun activities for Grandparents’ Day? If you’re still too busy looking for ways on how to make the day extra special, we’ve rounded up these 5 activities to make your search a lot easier.

1. Read a story together – Kiddos love listening to a story told by grandma and grandpa. Provide grandparents with books that are fun for the older and younger generation to read together and discuss. The Life of Fred Beginning Reader Series is a fun set of books that are hilarious, short and sweet – great for getting everyone to laugh while reading!

2. Browse through old photos – Pulling out the old family photo albums is so fun! What a great way to share memories with your children. Grandparents love telling stories and passing down their memories. Kids love pointing at photos and asking questions like, “Grandma, is that really you??”

Coloring For Everyone Educents3. Color together – Coloring is not just for kids, it’s for everyone! Send kids to grandpa’s house with a bag of coloring books so they can spend quality, artistic time together. This set of coloring books would be a great bundle to keep at grandma and grandpa’s house!

4. Make a gift for grandparents – Do your kids want to make a personal gift for grandma and grandpa? These printable books are super cute and easy to use! Just print, fill out the pages, and practice writing and reflect on memories of grandparents who are still living or passed on.

5.Grandma Quote - Educents BlogInterview a grandparent – Little ones can learn a lot from grandparents. What is grandma or grandpa’s favorite memories as a child? What are life lessons that can be passed down to the next generation and preserved for future generations? This one-of-a-kind interactive notebook will give your little one the opportunity to interview grandparents and have a keepsake for precious memories. The Grandmother’s Virtues Interview Lapbook and Grandfather’s Wisdom Interview Lapbook are available on Educents for a discount!

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Metabolism Boosting Foods

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As parents and caretakers, we need all the energy we can get.  There’s no time for feeling sluggish or run down.  If you’ve been feeling that way lately, it may be your metabolism that’s slowing you down.  Take care in what you eat and you’re body will take care of you.  Consider adding more of these 5 foods to your diet and see if it doesn’t help make a difference!

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Red Beans

You may be a little afraid to eat red beans, but this specifically a great food to help boost your metabolism. It’s full of protein and ready to help burn extra food through your body.

Berries

Most berries are naturally delicious anyways, but strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are the perfect food to help speed up your metabolism. Not only are these foods healthy for you but they can also help burn some of those fat cells.

Green Veggies

If you love green veggies, then you’re in for a real treat. Veggies actually help speed up your metabolism. This is especially true when you eat broccoli. Since broccoli and other veggies do not have a lot of calories, but give your body the nutrients it needs.

Citrus Fruits

Who would have thought that citrus fruits would give your body that extra oomph it needs? Dig into foods like grapefruit and oranges because they really help speed up your metabolism. You should be careful about the amount you eat because eating these types of foods can impact prescriptions from your doctor.

Cereal

Guess what? You can eat cereal again! However, the type of cereal you will want to eat should be high in fiber. Fiber does all sorts of good things for your body, including increasing your metabolism.

 

Maybe you just want to make sure your body burns the food you eat faster or you’re just hoping for a healthier lifestyle, these five foods will keep you moving in the right direction.

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5 Educational Activities for Grandparents and Grandchildren

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There’s just something special about grandparents and grandchildren. The relationship they develop often proves close and rewarding, and there’s no denying that the time they spend together can be fun with a capital F. But many of the fun activities kids can enjoy with their grandparents offer educational potential as well. Here are 5 activities guaranteed to make special time with the grands fun and educational:

  1. Nature Walks: Who doesn’t love spending time out in nature? And with spring on its way (we hope), the opportunities for planning nature walks abound. Nature walks are great for identifying trees, grasses, flowers, and other plants; learning about poison ivy and poison oak, bird watching, and discussing such topics as photosynthesis and the water cycle. Grandparents can even use these walks to fill children in about health topics, such as how walking and time in the sunshine keeps the body healthy. Grab those field guides and go!
  2. Museums: Sometimes rain, snow, and even high or low temperatures just make time spent out in nature sound like the very opposite of fun. When that happens, it’s a great time to head to a local museum. No matter how many times you’ve been, there’s always something new to see and learn. Make it more fun by going through the museum at a leisurely pace rather than focusing on seeing everything in one day. Allow your grandchildren to gravitate towards the exhibits that interest them the most, and then spend some time exploring and discussing them. Bonus points if you choose a local children’s museum to explore.
  3. Cooking: Who said education had to feel like learning? Many children love to help in the kitchen, so cooking together offers grandparents and children an opportunity to have fun and bond. Without even realizing it, your grandchildren will learn about things like measuring, food safety, and balancing food types for optimal nutrition. You can even sneak in some fraction lessons by doubling or halving recipes. Bonus points if you allow your grandkids to help you shop for the food too! It’s money math in action.
  4. Gardening: If Grandma or Grandpa has a green thumb, that’s an excellent talent to pass on to the grandkids. Let them help you prepare the soil; plant flowers or fruits and veggies; and maintain the garden by weeding, pruning, mulching, and watering right alongside you.  From gardening, kids can learn about things that help and hinder plant growth, bees and pollination, the plant life cycle, insect helpers and pests, measuring and counting (space needed and seeds per area), weather and the environment. Bonus points if you give them their own small section of garden space to plant and maintain. Don’t forget the kid-sized gardening tools.
  5. Talking: Yes, talking with your grandchildren can be an educational activity. Let’s face it, you’ve been there and done that. You have stories to tell, some of them very surprising for your grandkids. Don’t keep them to yourself! Use (or develop) your storytelling skills to give them an interesting account of historical events, your family history, your career (including homemaking), and your philosophy of life. Don’t skip the lessons you learned the hard way. It can be good for kids to discover that even grandparents make mistakes. They will especially enjoy hearing about your childhood hijinks.

Keep in mind that education can happen anywhere and everywhere. Kids learn from life! Spending time with your grandkids, sharing a hobby, or even just enjoying a meal and chatter contributes to their knowledge in surprising ways.

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