You don't have to wait until National Grandparents Day 2019 to start one of these fun family traditions. 

By Rachael Rifkin
Ivette Ivens Photography

Ancestry websites can help us learn about our family tree, but your kid doesn’t need these cyber sources to tell her about the past. She has her own: grandparents!

As an added bonus, children who spend quality time with their grandparents have more favorable feelings toward all elderly people, finds a study in Child Development. And while Grandparents Day is every year in September, the holidays are a perfect opportunity for bonding, so try these ideas this year.

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Ask questions that encourage nostalgia.

For instance, did your child’s grandparent have any holiday traditions while growing up? How did his family spend time together? (Bonus points if you recreate an old tradition or start a new one!)

Incorporate storytelling into daily events.

Use little moments while eating a meal or doing chores as opportunities for grandparents to tell about their past experiences, like what they ate for lunch as a kid or what kind of chores they used to do.

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Play reporter.

Have your child create a list of introductory questions (such as favorite color, food, movie), and then let her borrow your phone so she can film her grandparent answering each of the questions.

Host a grandkid-grandparent sleepover.

Pick a theme, like favorite things. While they’re in their pj’s, have your child and his grandparent discuss what they do for fun, most liked subjects at school, who their best friends are, most cherished thing in their childhood room.

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Teach each other something new.

Perhaps it’s a hobby like woodworking or knitting, a life skill like learning to ride a bike or cooking a family recipe, or something technological like working those face filters on Instagram. This is a great way to create memories that they’ll both think of every time they practice that new skill. (Plus, just think of the cute Insta videos you’ll get out of it!)

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