One of my granddaughters has just turned four and she's as pleased as punch. It's the first thing she mentions when she meets someone... well, the second, actually. It's usually, "I'm DakotahGraceJohnson," all in one breath. The she adds, "I'm this many," and holds up four fingers.
Yes, birthdays are important for children. And so are presents for them. Consequently, I dread buying birthday gifts. I dream of finding an exciting, age-appropriate gift that will be truly memorable.
But each child is so different. And their interests change as quickly as their clothes sizes.
This week I was given the opportunity to take two of my grandchildren to a pre-release of a new toy range, The Amazing Zhus.
These motorised and interactive toys perform tricks and gravity-defying stunts.
They're listed as suitable for 4+ years but Siennah, (2-years-old) was equally enthralled with these little creatures. I was surprised, as they're not soft and fluffy. But she wanted to cuddle all four characters- Abra, Dynamo, The Great Kardini and Piccadilly.
So... if you're desperately searching for that special gift for a child, it's easy:
1. Consider the age of your child. Young ones will like the cute factor of a little, motorised creature running around. A little older, and they will appreciate some of the simple activities of the Amazing Zhus- running around in a can, leaping from the High Dive. Older again, and they will love to use the Zhus and their tricks to astound their friends. I have no doubt that in no time, they will be planning special Amazing Zhus events and performances for family and friends.
2. Choose a Zhus to match their interest. Take it home and wrap it. Easy!
Visit www.theamazingzhus.com.au for more information.
Check them out. I know we had a lot of fun with them and although every child is different,
I think you'll find a variety of Zhu action, activity and fun that will appeal.
Check out the clip below.
(Please note: I have not been compensated in any way for writing this article.
It is my own review, written purely for interest.)
Try this Macaron Bliss Dessert
This season on Master Chef has been brilliant! Do you watch it? I can't believe the incredible dishes prepared by these amateur chefs. And, their plating up techniques are just beautiful.
Master Chef has certainly inspired my son and my son-in-law, both of whom are avid home chefs. But this adds a degree of pressure when I'm the one cooking for any of my family. Fortunately, my grandson regularly declares that "Nan's potato bake is the best!" So I feel safe serving potato bake.
But what about dessert? Master Chef desserts are quite elaborate and I just don't have the time - or skill.
This Macaron Bliss dessert is so simple. And it must taste okay. My grandkids have popped in to ask if I have any extras in the freezer. Sadly... no.
*Pour yoghurt into a shallow, lined tray and pop in the freezer. (The yoghurt should be about 1.5cm thick.)
*Use a knife to slip between the macaron halves to separate.
*Crush some freeze-dried strawberries to a fine powder. Keep a few aside for decoration.
*Remove the yoghurt from the freezer. Allow to soften slightly. Using a circle cutter of similar size to your macaron halves, cut out yoghurt rounds. (My circles of yoghurt were 5cm diameter.)
*Sandwich the yoghurt circles between 2 macaron halves.
Optional: Roll the edge of yoghurt in the powdered strawberries.
*Pop the completed Macaron Bliss desserts on a clean tray and back into the freezer until required.
Serve with a few pieces of dried strawberry.
Try them... I'm sure you'll enjoy them. And, they are so easy! Here it is in summary:
My youngest grandson (2-years old) has just learned to say, 'Please.' And he's sure working it! He stands at the kitchen bench, with his head barely cresting the top. He can't see the biscuit barrel, but he knows it's there.
So he clasps his hands together with intensity, bends forward and implores, "Peese! Oh, peese...." He's certainly hard to resist.
But, we're still waiting for any expressions of thankfulness. Despite our ongoing persuasion, he just looks at us thoughtfully while munching his biscuit.
It is much more difficult to teach gratitude, so I've created a little peek-a-boo Giving Thanks, book. It's a fun activity that makes gratitude real to little ones.
You can create your own Peek-a-Boo book for your kids or grandkids to enjoy while learning to be thankful.... and it only takes minutes to make.
Adventure in a Box is my inspiration for this project.. (It's a great site for ideas and inspiration.) I've altered the concept a little to create a more durable book.
When I searched for a photo album for this project, I found that the less expensive albums contained photo pockets with a backing page that couldn't be removed, making it impossible to create the 'peek through' page. However, scrapbook albums did have page sleeves with removable backing sheets in each, which was great.
Print all the pages from the FREE printable file below. You will need to print multiple copies of a couple of pages, but this will be indicated. Cut out each square/rectangle. The first page of the printables contains the front and back cover. Cut out each rectangle. Adhere the first to the cover of your scrapbook album using double sided. Except for the peek-through page, the rest is really easy.
Repeat steps 2. & 3. to the end of the book.
Last of all...
If you're giving this book as a gift, adhere the final page to the back of the book album with double-sided tape. After you've created your first peek-a-book album, you might like to include extra photos that relate to your family. Create more "What is it? pages as above and add your own photos using the basic pages as a guide.
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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.