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I’m sure many grandparents can relate to the struggle of finding ways to entertain your grandkids on a rainy day. The lazy way out is to stick a movie on and park them in front of the TV. But, all that teaches them is to be lazy in the future! Why not mix things up and get a little creative? Here are some brilliant arts and crafts things you can do with your grandkids
If you want to do something that’s a little bit peaceful, colouring books are your thing. You can pick up numerous colouring books from your local book store, supermarket or arts & crafts place. The great thing about them is that they’ll last for a long time and provide your grandkids with hours of fun. Sometimes it’s great to sit at the table and just let them colour away. Young kids get very serious about colouring; they want to make sure they stay inside the lines.
If you want, you could make a little competition out of it. Give both grandkids the same colouring book and make them colour the same picture. Whoever manages to stay inside the lines the most will win a prize!
Like I said, it’s peaceful and fun, two things you want out of an activity with kids!
This sounds like a pretty vague topic, but there’s no real way to sum it up in just a couple of words! The classic is using playdough to create whatever the kids can imagine. You and your grandkids can have fun trying to mould different animals or even create bowls. But if you want something longer lasting you can use things like alginate to mould stuff that will harden and set. It’s perfectly safe for you and your grandkids, you can even put it on your hands to create a cast.
Plus, it can also leave imprints, which gives you the opportunity to personalise your creations. One of your grandkids could mould something and then press their fingerprint into it as a way of signing their design. Or, you could go the Hollywood route and get a thick slab of the stuff and press their hands into it. It’s a great way to preserve their handprints so you can look back on them in the future.
The best thing about moulding is that it’s messy, and kids adore messy things!
Cutting & Sticking
One of the age-old arts & crafts things to do is cutting and sticking. If you’re confused, this is basically cutting things out and sticking them on other things. You can gather all your colourful bits of paper and other equipment on a big table. Then, you give your grandkids one large sheet of paper to stick things on. They can then draw things on the coloured papers, cut them out, and stick them on the big sheet. They could also try and stick glitter and other bits and bobs to this sheet.
The aim is to get them to create a lovely little collage of whatever they like. Kids will absolutely love doing this because it involves scissors and glue - two things they want to use! Of course, make sure you have child-friendly scissors in your house, you don’t want anyone hurting themselves.
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.