Happy Grandparents Day Tree

Happy Grandparents Day Best Nanny NewsletterCreative Wednesdays

National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Here is a easy gift to help the kids make for their grandparents.

You Will Need:

White posterboard
Acrylic paints in various colors
Poster frame
Sharpie paint pen or a permanent marker

What to Do:

1. Cut posterboard to fit frame.
2. Draw a free-hand tree trunk onto the paper using a pencil.
3. Paint each child’s hand using acrylic paint. Press painted hand firmly onto the tree, stacking handprints if needed. Write your family’s name or other text using the paint pen or permanent marker.
4. We used red and yellow paint and markers to make apples for the tree.


Project and Photo by Heather Sawyers Marinkovich

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