Create a Book of Stories about Grandma and Grandpa
Grandparent's Day is coming up quickly and the hunt is on for the perfect way to share the love you feel for the older generation in your life. Grandparents love handmade gifts from their heirs so what is better than having your kids make them a tailor-made memory book for their special day.
- Grandparent's Day is September 12, 2010
- Collecting Ideas
- Creating the Images
- Adding Some Text
- Putting it all Together
Grandparent's Day is September 12, 2010
With Grandparents Day fast approaching, the hunt is on for the perfect way to say thank you and to share the love you feel for the older generation in your life. A handmade Grandparent's Day gift can often be the best way to say these things, and it can also save you the cash that would be spent otherwise.
Surely there are a number of things that come to mind when you consider the grandparents in your life. There are likely stories of days out and about, and some others that were made while in the kitchen at home. Whatever those stories may be, they will make the perfect addition to the book you are looking to create. Sit with your children for ten or fifteen minutes before pulling out any crafting supplies and make a list of the special things that Grandma and Grandpa have done to make life a little better. Once you have accumulated a list of ten to twenty memories, it is time to begin your creation.
Creating the Images
When you have the ideas in mind, have the children sit down a draw pictures to represent each of the events. You may also want to consider finding old photos to use for a collage effect or to fill in for the pages once the kids grow bored with drawing. There are many materials that might be used to make the pictures perfect. Consider markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, glitter glue, and paper punches. Providing the children with fun options will make for a more eventful creation and will likely hold their attention much longer.
Adding Some Text
Your images will likely need text as explanation. Use the descriptions derived by the children in the beginning as inspiration. If you don’t feel comfortable writing the text free-hand, consider typing and printing the captions, or open a magazine and find the words to cut and paste the message you wish to share. This final option also provides a very crafty, fun look.
Putting it all Together
Once the images are all complete, it is time to put them together. There are several ways that this can be accomplished. The easiest is to simply staple the pages together, but there are other methods that might make for a more sturdy book. Presentation binders and plastic sheet covers can make excellent materials to quickly and easily put a nice book together. One final option would be to consider one of the many self-publishing companies. This will obviously be a costlier alternative, but the outcome will likely be well worth the input. These companies allow you to choose from different bindings and paper, but will require you, in most cases, to scan and send the pages you have created. The product is an actual book (or booklet) that can be wrapped up and paired with Grandparent's Day cookies or simply just given as a special way to say, “We love you!” on Grandparents Day.