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My son and his wife have moved an hour and a half away from us, taking with them 2 of our grandchildren! It isn't as bad as the ones who live 12 hours away in different directions, but it still kills me! So, I have determined that an hour and a half really isn't that terrible, and I am going to make that drive as often as I can to visit them, if only just for a day. The Grandparent adventure booklets that we told you about in this post are going to help me make those visits memorable!
These two particular grandchildren are ages 2 and 4, a girl and a boy respectively. I had the smaller books printed off for them because I thought that they would be great for their tiny hands. You can choose to print off a booklet that says "Adventures with Grandparents" or "...Grandma" or "...Grandpa." I meant to print off Grandparents, but accidentally printed Grandma, so I just wrote, "& Grandpa" on mine.
You may be wondering what I put in that Tupperware container!
Since my granddaughter is 2 years old, I know that she would love to bake and decorate cookies with me. We've done that at my house before. I've already made her a little apron to wear when she helps her mommy cook or when she plays in her play kitchen. One of the pages of the book suggests that grandparents cook together with their grandchildren. I decided that if I'm driving up there for an afternoon, we could spend a little bit of time just decorating the cookies, so I put together a cookie kit a gift that we can do together.
I put in the pre-baked sugar cookies, a container of my homemade frosting and some little packages of sprinkles. (I love those little $1 packs that you can get at Michael's.) I made sure to put in pink sprinkles because they are her favorite color! I packed everything in Tupperware to keep it all fresh and safe. I love decorating cookies with kids. They have so much fun. I wrote about my method of keeping everything somewhat organized when decorating with kids on this post.
My grandson, who is 4 years old, is a really good artist. He loves to draw and he enjoys having me draw with him as we watch Art for Kids Hub on YouTube. It is a lot of fun. One of the pages in the grandparents booklet suggests doing art with your grandchildren. So, I went to DollarTree and bought him a giant art sketch pad and some new crayons. I know that he already has crayons, but who doesn't love a nice fresh box?
The fun part will be that they will both want to participate in the other's activity, which will be great and we can color in 2 parts of the booklet that day! I'm so excited to get up there, see the new house and have some fun with these cute little ones! I'll try to remember to post pictures on Instagram!
Have you thought of ideas for experience gifts to give to your grandchildren? Share them with me! And head over to our Etsy Shop and pick up your own PDF Files of the booklet or the poster! They will be a great way to give Christmas gifts this year!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!