Back when my children were little, we did lots of arts and crafts together. It was especially hard to keep three busy bodies occupied during the winter months, when it was cold and rainy for days at a time. I tried to keep supplies on hand for them to use creatively. I can remember once when my son was about four years old, he asked me at lunch if the seeds on his hamburger bun would grow hamburger buns. I told him, yes, of course they would.
We went outside and put some dirt in a flower pot, and came back inside and carefully planted the seeds and watered them. Than night, after he went to bed, I put a stick with branches on it into the pot, and stuck hamburger buns on the ends of all the branches. When he got up the next day, his eyes were so wide, and he was sooo proud of himself for “growing” the hamburger buns.
While I haven’t tried that trick as a grandmother, I try to keep things on hand to keep the grandkids busy when they come to visit, especially when it is cold and rainy outside. It’s not always easy to keep them occupied. I never know what they’ll be interested in doing from one time to the next. One thing I have found, though, that keeps them all occupied for a little while, no matter what their age, is art and craft projects. Even the oldest of them likes to make things.
One of our favorite projects one year was making a scrapbook of their visit. I had taken pictures at every place we went, and saved all the tickets and brochures from places we went. On the last day of their visit, when it was raining outside, we needed an activity to keep them from getting bored. I printed out the pictures we had taken, and we spent the entire day gluing them on construction paper. The older kids could write a paragraph or so about the zoo, or the movie we went to see, or the pony farm we visited. They went home with a great memory book of their visit with me.
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