Multi-Media Portraits for National Grandparent’s Day

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The first Sunday after Labor Day is a very special day. It’s National Grandparents Day! What can your family to do to celebrate grandma and grandpa? Try this fun-filled family portrait activity. You can adapt this artsy idea for children of all ages. Your younger kids can keep things basic, while older children can create more complex artistic representations. How can your kids get crafty and celebrate their grandparents? Check out this easy (but totally fun) idea!


  • Cardboard- reuse the front or side of an old large-sized box
  • Markers, colored pencils or crayons
  • Construction paper
  • Craft felt
  • Scissors
  • Clear-drying school glue

How-To Steps

  1. Cut the cardboard into a rectangle shape. You may need to do this step for your child, as carboard is thick (and challenging) to cut through.
  2. Find a photo of your child’s grandparents.
  3. Have your child recreate the photo, drawing it onto the cardboard with colored pencils or markers.
  4. Decorate the over-sized portrait. Here’s where your child can get really creative. She can use markers or crayons to color the portraits in. or, she can cut construction paper and craft felt and collage it (with the glue) onto the cardboard. For example, cut a craft felt rectangle that’s large enough to be grandpa’s shirt. Glue it onto the portrait.

Your child can also add yarn, ribbon, sequins, glitter or any other craft material that she wants!