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Preschool Lesson Plan: Celebrating Grandparents

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Share When I Am Me With You, written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Christopher Denise. A fun companion activity? Each child brings a photo of his or her grandparent or grandparents (when they were a young child) including a sentence or two describing what they enjoyed doing at that age. If photos are not available, the description of the activity works well, too. Descriptions and photos may be stored in each child's envelope. The children may share at circle time. This is a fun activity when grandparents are present for the special day.

Triscuits and Toppings: Creating a Snack for our Grandparents

  • Triscuits
  • Cream cheese
  • Strawberry, blueberry, and/or chocolate

Gathering Time

Share Our Grandparents: A Global Album (with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tuto). Written by Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade and Cynthia Pon, the photographs and text demonstrate that we are more alike than different. "Grandparents teach us what they know. They share stories about our families and traditions." At the end of the story is a section entitled, "Five Things To Do With Your Grandparents." (A fun extended activity in the Art Center? Children illustrate an activity they have done or would like to do with a grandparent.)

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Games that we will play today have been played all over the world for a very long time. Your grandparents, great grandparents and even great great grandparents may have played these games when they were your age!

  • Hide the Thimble: First player hides the thimble while friends are hiding their eyes. A timer or time limit is set and players (with exception of hider) start searching for the thimble. Another variation? Only one child leaves the room and friends hide the thimble. When child returns, friends use words "hot" and "cold" to direct child towards the thimble.
  • Button, Button: After child is chosen to be the game leader, the children form a circle. The leader enters the middle of the circle, closing his or her eyes. The children place their hands behind their backs, with the teacher placing a button in one of the children's hands. The leader opens their eyes, with the children passing the button behind their backs. Children may even pretend to pass the button to make the game more interesting. The Leader has a determined number of times to guess and before each guess, children call out "Button Button, Who's Got the Button?" If the child with the button is chosen, he or she becomes the new leader.

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