National Grandparents Day is just what it sounds like: a special holiday reserved for the celebration of our parents’ parents. Established in 1978, Granparent’s Day is a great way to show respect and honor for those elderly mentors who sacrificed so much in their lives to make our lives better. It is important to teach our children how to venerate those who came before us, and the best way of doing that is to involve them in Grandparents Day activities that they will someday be cherished memories. Want to give your children a gift that will last a lifetime? Here are five awesome activities for celebrating Grandparents Day with the kids:

Picnic in the park. Involve the children in choosing and preparing a special Grandparents Day spread, and then pack everything into a picnic basket and head to the park. Your kids will love planning a meal for and serving their grandparents, and your parents will love watching the children play.

Story time. Sit the children around their grandparents and have the grandparents take turns telling stories about their youth. If possible, find pictures of the grandparents when they were children and use them as visual aids.

“Then and Now” game. This is sure to be fun for the entire family, and is also a great lesson in history. Create a two-columned chart – one column titled “Then” and another column titled “Now.” Then create rows entitled with points of interest like music, food, fun, school, travel, housing, and whatever else you can think of that will stretch your children’s imaginations. Have the children and the grandparents take turns filling in their columns.

Scrapbook. Bring both generations together in the creation of a special keepsake by having the children and grandparents make a scrapbook together. Be sure to include pages dedicated to each separate person, as well as the family as a whole. Not ready to create an entire scrapbook? Throw some family images together and have them printed on a t-shirt instead. This will prove to be one of those cherished grandma gifts your grandparents can’t stop enjoying!

The family tree. Not only is this a valuable learning experience for the children -who will get to see exactly how their family (and they) came to be – but it is also an excellent opportunity for the grandparents to tell their life stories. What’s more is that when you have completed the project, you will all have a keepsake that you can treasure for countless years to come.

Remember that Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, which means that it will be here in no time. Create a special occasion that is sure to be remembered by incorporating these awesome activities into the day’s events.