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Sunday is Grandparents Day and because my husband and I are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren, I decided that this is the perfect time to introduce a project that Alicia and I have been working on together. Well, I did a lot of the imagining and Alicia did all of the fabulous artwork and design.
The inspiration for this project came from the ideas for experience gifts that I see many grandparents doing for their grandchildren. I thought that it would be great to have a way to record and keep memories of those grandparent/grandchild times together. I also wanted to suggest ideas for experience gifts that grandparents on fixed incomes and small budgets could afford and yet still be something that children would look back on with fondness as well as be excited about in the moment. Alicia and I brainstormed and came up with a long list of ideas and put them into categories and then Alicia set to work drawing and designing. I sent the finished design to Staples to get it printed as a huge, interactive poster. That is easy and inexpensive to do. Then, because I had 2 grandchildren staying with me for the summer, I used them as my guinea pigs to see how they liked the poster. They really liked it and it was so endearing and fun to hear from them the things that they wanted to include on the poster that meant something to them. They would think of ways to make the activities we did fit into the poster categories. They also would look at the ideas and come up with activities for us to do together on their own. It was a lot of fun!
My main focus for this project has been the idea of giving the chart as a gift along with a date set in stone to do a certain activity with your grandchild. With the holidays right around the corner, this is a good start to your holiday shopping list. You can give the poster along with an item that goes along with your planned activity! Here is a list of ideas and some links to get your juices flowing.
Experience Categories and gift ideas:
Here is a gallery of pics showing some of the things we did with our grandkids this summer. I can't wait to make memories with the rest of my grandchildren!
There are so many other activities that you could fit into this chart that I didn't list. Since I was going for inexpensive, I didn't include horseback riding or water skiing. But those could totally go under "new skill" or "swimming". If you have any great ideas for experience gifts for our grandchildren, I know that I would love to hear them. Please share in the comment section below.
We have also made this poster into a booklet form if you think that would be a better way for your grandchild to keep their memories. There is the option to print a full sheet booklet or to get two half sheet booklets. We included some blank pages in it where you can add more experiences that we didn't include on our list. And, there is room for pictures! (We glued pictures on the poster sometimes, too.) I have sent the booklet to be printed at Staples. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten it back in time to share pictures with you today. There is always the option of printing the booklet yourself on your home computer, but that can be a little tricky when you figure out how to print them back to back. It can be done though! If you send it to a place like Staples be sure to give the instruction to print the book "head to head."
We are making these posters and booklets available in our Etsy Shop! They are available with the words "Adventures with Grandparents", "With Grandma" or "With Grandpa", whichever fits your situation. For this Grandparents Weekend, we're running a special on them, so don't miss out!
While you are checking out the Etsy Shop, don't forget to check out the Pie Book and the Hot Cocoa Bomb Idea Book, (which is soon going to have an addition)! Fall is the time to start making pie and hot chocolate! Our Favorite! Aren't you just so excited for Fall and the holidays that go with it? If you use these experience ideas, you have a good start on your holiday gift giving! Be sure to give us some love in the comments!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!