a GRAND idea #16

It’s nearing the end of winter. It’s a grey, dull, dreary day. The kids are whining, complaining and tearing the house apart out of sheer boredom.

Here’s an idea: ¬†call GRANDma! ūüôā

Last week I picked up the five-year old GRANDdaughter and we headed for Sam’s.

Why? Sam’s has a car wash!car wash 5

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After pumping¬†a limited amount of gas at the pump, I added on “car wash” for $6.00. SIX DOLLARS! Pretty cheap and easy idea – my fav – to entertain the troops.

It was fun! First thing – off came the seat belt and she bounded from back seat to front seat to hatch back and around again. We made sure the windows were closed and the sunroof was showing and we watched with glee as the water and then the soap and the extra waxy stuff was applied. And we shrieked as the car shuddered when the dryer was doing it’s thing. And we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.car wash 2

Afterward, she was happy; I was happy and the car was happy! ūüôā After school is out, I’ll have to bring the other grandkiddos!

a GRAND idea #3

Grand 3DIn St. Louis, October takes on a new meaning. ¬†Oh sure, orange is the traditional October color. But in St. Louis, we call it RED October! Why? Cardinal Red, of course! It would appear that just about every October our precious baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals is still playing baseball! We’re kind of used to it around here! ūüôā

Anyway, in honor of October AND the Cardinals, today is a craft to cover both.  I found this website which you can checkout, follow instructions and print out the stencils. 

Of course, if you wish to make a different stencil, simply use the directions attached and make it your own!

It’s kind of messy – cutting and digging into the pumpkin but my grandkids were up for it! Enjoy – and GO CARDS! ūüôā


(So here’s my take on these attached instructions. We followed the instructions¬†but it is not what is pictured. As you see from my photos, we carved and cut. It was not easy and not for tiny hands. Toothpicks wouldn’t work and nails made a mark. But we did our best and the kids had a blast! They even sorted out the pumpkin seeds to toast and eat later!

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As for the picture that accompanies the directions, I believe they did NOT carve the pumpkin but instead used a wood carving tool, simply taking off a few layers of the outer pumpkin.  We may try it that way next year.) Happy October!

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(As I mentioned on my previous GRAND post, I do not claim any ideas as my own and mostly cannot remember where I obtained them.  Please send me your own ideas and I’ll give you full credit when I use them.)


a GRAND idea #2

pumpkin1This idea is another easy peasy one! ¬†It eliminates the cutting into and cleaning out of the pumpkin. ¬†It’s one for all ages. ¬†The grand kids who were with me at the time were quite young so I listened to their ideas and helped them along.

The first part, obviously, is to take the kiddos pumpkin shopping. ¬†I encouraged them to choose relatively small ones since they would want to carry their own and as they’d be heading back to their homes, pumpkins in hand. Nice sized stems are important for transporting.

I used old scraps of felt which I had around from previous craft projects. ¬†The kids picked out colors and helped draw. ¬†I did most of the cutting! ¬†Older kids would certainly have a freer hand. ¬†Velcro dots were placed on the pumpkins in the appropriate places and the kids had fun attaching their face creations. ¬†They played with swapping out¬†the face parts with each other. ¬†And they couldn’t wait for the parents to show up to show off their handwork

Of course, I was sad when they left. 39268_4615623239040_1553056104_n



I’m glad I made one for myself! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Happy October!


(As I mentioned on my previous GRAND post, I do not claim any ideas as my own and cannot remember where I obtained them. ¬†Please send me your own ideas and I’ll give you full credit when I use them.)



a GRAND idea #1

A GRAND Idea1Periodically¬†I plan to post craft and activity ideas that I have used with my own young GRANDchildren. Nothing fancy, nothing difficult. ¬†I don’t claim any as my own original creations nor can I remember where I managed to find all the various ideas, but thought maybe others¬†could have fun with my findings. ¬†Most will be on the cheap if not free, easy and hopefully non-messy – just the way I like it! ¬†All have been tested and proven to be thoroughly enjoyed by my grandchildren! ūüôā

GRANDparenting is the very best job in the world!

But it’s one where we (the GRANDparents) need to stay at least a step ahead of the youngsters – no matter what the age – theirs as well as ours. ¬†So it’s always good to have a random idea tucked away! ¬†On a side note, my credentials: ¬†I am the GRANDmother to eight, and stepGRANDmother to six. ¬†Ages range from one year old up to 33 yrs. old.

When I first became a GRANDmother, I took stock of myself and felt shortchanged on the talent side. ¬†Therefore, I determined to be the “fun” one!

My first GRAND idea is quite timely as we are welcoming October.  It is quick, fun and easy for all ages and creativity levels.

Dyed eggs are not just for Easter!pumpkin eggs 2

Simply hard boil eggs then dye orange, using equal food coloring drops of red and yellow. ¬†Let dry, and distribute permanent black marker pens to all GRANDchildren within range. ¬†There is no wrong way to do this. ¬†A couple of pictures for motivation ¬†or examples from the parents or GRANDparents on hand should do the trick. ¬†And voila! ¬†Be sure to have a couple extra markers on hand for those eager parents and additional Grandparents. ūüôā ¬†And don’t forget to refrigerate the cooked eggs.

Enjoy and Happy October.   Keep watching for another October idea next week!

(Feel free to shoot me your suggestions and if I post them at a later date, I’ll be sure to give you credit.)