Plant a tree upon the birth of each grandchild, and then take a picture of it each year to mark your grandchild's birthday.
Devise a secret handshake with your grandchild
Watch a sunset with your grandchild and listen to his or her thoughts
Encourage grandchildren who live far away to write to you by sending them stamped and addressed postcards.
Vicki Lansky's bestselling books include 101 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special, 101 Ways to Tell Your Child "I Love You," 101 Ways to Be a Special Dad, 101 Ways to Be a Special Mom, and the Practical Parenting Series, which together have sold more than three million copies.
Author Vicky Lansky is a master of simple celebrations, memory making, practical parenting ideas, and ways to show love to a child. In this pocket-sized book, she offers grandparents tips for entertaining, consoling, and bonding with grandchildren-whether they live across the street or across the country. Lansky suggest dozens of inexpensive ways to make phone calls or visits more memorable. Here's just a smattering of her ideas which are detailed in the book: Visit the library before the grandchildren arrive so you'll have books on hand; Collect different sized boxes for your grandchildren to crawl in and out of when they visit; Teach grandchildren how to grow simple plants like sunflowers; Give them disposable cameras to capture their visit on film; Create a secret handshake; Keep a jigsaw puzzle in progress on a side table; Teach them special songs that grandchildren can sing for you when you call.