National Grandparent’s Day Biography Activity

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Celebrate National Grandparent’s Day on September 11th with a creative book-making activity! Even if your children see grandma and grandpa regularly, they might not know everything about their grandparents. This activity allows your child to build communication skills, while conducting her very own interview. In the process your child will learn new information about her grandparents and create a biography-style book too!

Materials:

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Paper (either lined paper if your child is handwriting the story or printer paper if she’s typing it on the computer).
  • A stapler
  • Optional: Craft felt and glue

Instructions:

  1. Conduct the interview. This is the most important part of the activity. Have your child create a list of questions for grandma, grandpa or both of them. If she’s not sure what to ask, help her by suggesting ideas that have to do with the time period that the grandparents grew up in. If it’s difficult for your child to write down the responses (or if she’s too young) she can record the interview. Use your cell phone recorder or an app to make this easy.
  2. Transcribe the interview, turning it into a book. Your child can set it up chronologically, creating a beginning and middle for the story. Leave the end of the story open or add on what grandma and grandpa’s future plans are.
  3. Fold the poster board in half and place the story pages inside. Trim the edges of the board to match the paper.
  4. Staple the book together at the fold.
  5. Draw a cover with the markers. Your child can also add a title and the date.
  6. Optional: Instead of using poster board only, add craft felt with glue. Your child can glue the felt to the pages, and then glue another piece of paper (with the words) on top. She can also cut colorful felt, and create collage pictures to go along with the words.

Keep the book at home or give it to grandma and grandpa as a Grandparent’s Day gift!



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