Come celebrate grandparents with stories, music and crafts! Feel free to bring your grandparents along to this special event. (K-4)
Open with book: How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan – essential tips for baby-sitting a grandparent in a warm, humorous style. (similar “Grandma” version also available.)
Follow with book: Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin – a child taking art lessons at a local museum decides his grandmother would be the perfect masterpiece. Includes versions of “grandma” inspired by notable artists (though sadly no guide at the back to the original inspirations).
Craft: Kids and adults alike painted – they could do “grandparent” portraits in the style of great artists (have books of their works available for reference) or just do free-form painting any way they like. Supplies: 12x18 B&T cardboards, tempra paint, paper plate palettes, water cups, brushes, paper towels for clean up.
Music: Beethoven’s Wig: Singalong Symphonies is fun. Heigh Ho Mozart is another fun choice for offbeat classically-inspired tunes.
Optional display books: The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, What do Grandmas/Grandpas Do Best? by Laura Numeroff, Just Grandma/Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer, and other grandparent picture books plus books of portraits by distinctive artists – Picasso, Modigliani, Chuck Close, etc.
Related program: Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Diane Stanley – king has self-portraits around his house in the style of famous paintings, e.g. Blue Boy. Fun for kids to emulate…doing their own self-portraits that way.