Wednesday Tips #7 2015

IMG_36942015-02-03 00.33.55    At the end of 2014, the new Lion Gorge exhibit at Zoos Victoria Melbourne site was officially opened to the public. In this exhibit there are not only the resident lion brothers on display but also African wild dogs and soon the Philippines crocodile will move in as well. The whole exhibit is child friendly with panels of glass to make viewing easy for even the youngest visitors, a water play area, a look and find area and a model of a crocodile nest complete with eggs, hatchlings and audio of their cries.

When we visited recently, Master 2 enjoyed finding the models of baby crocodiles scattered through the area near the water and giving them a pat while the model of the adult crocodile made an irresistible seat.

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Wednesday Tips #6 2015

strawberriesIn my back garden I have an old wheelbarrow which some time ago I converted into a planter box. Currently there are strawberry plants growing in the barrow. It is great for the grandchildren to see where strawberries come from and we have watched the flowers, the little berries form and then grow over the past months. Because of the possums which share my garden, ( and the occasional visiting fox), I have covered the wheelbarrow with black netting to protect the fruit. Several days ago Miss 6 noticed that there were some red berries and she was most excited to be able to pick the strawberries she found. Although very small, and only enough for a taste each, they were deliciously sweet and fragrant straight from the plants.

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Wednesday Tips #5 2015

 painting frame cropped My granddaughters love painting and decorating items to take home. On this occasion I  found a simple wooden picture frame at a Hardware store and bought it at very little cost to take home for a future project. On a visit to my house, my younger granddaughter mixed the paint colours of her choice and then painted the frame with a base coat. When it was dry (with a little bit of help with a hairdryer!) she decorated the frame with painted flowers. A sparkly jewel sticker in the centre of each flower added some bling and we then found a photo of her with her brother to put in the frame. When she finished the project she decided it was to be a gift for her other grandmother who was most appreciative.

A project with a purpose where we talked together,  experimented with colour mixing and enjoyed a sense of pride in work well done.

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Wednesday Tips #4 2015

cooking When grandchildren come to stay for a few days during school holidays, I always try and fit in a cooking activity. Boys and girls both love to get busy in the kitchen and then eat the results of the activity. Recently a request was made that we make crackles as a treat. The measuring out of ingredients was great for applying developing math skills and decorating is always fun. The results of this cooking session were enjoyed with plenty left to share at an  extended family gathering.

Wednesday Tips #3 2015

playdoh Playing, rolling and shaping with dough is great for helping to develop fine muscle control and is a fun activity for young children. The downside is that if it gets walked into carpet it is very hard to remove. One way of avoiding this problem is to use the playdoh as an outside activity, however, I have also found that using a large plastic tray as a work area helps. The rim on the tray helps confine those sneaky little bits that become separated from the mass and the smooth plastic surface makes it easy to gather the bits together at the end of a play session.

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Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
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Wednesday Tips #1 2015

Happy New Year!
This year I aim to be more regular with my posts.

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The year has started well. My older grandchildren have had an extended sleepover and we had fun together. A favourite activity is to go and see the ducks at a nearby reserve. The ducks at this spot are a mixture of native and domesticated birds. The domesticated variety probably started out as pet ducklings which outgrew their welcome in someone’s garden. They are very friendly and actually waddle across the grass to meet visitors for a handout. Bread is not good for ducks so usually I make sure we have an appropriate treat for them. On this particular occasion the children gradually became brave enough to let the ducks eat from their hands which they thought was great fun! Another entertainment which is virtually cost free.

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Wednesday Tips #24 2014

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Currently my youngest grandson is fascinated by all things to do with Thomas the Tank Engine.

This week we visited a shop which specialises in this merchandise as well as several other very popular brands such as Peppa Pig and Brio.

The purpose was not to make a purchase but to play at the tables set up with toy trains. It seems to me to be a very good marketing move as at the rear of the store there are chairs and stools for parents and carers to use as their charges play happily at the various configurations on several tables. Then, to make it even better, one can buy a proper coffee and cookie or biscuit to enjoy. The day we were there, several groups of Mums were enjoying a catchup while their pre-schoolers and toddlers played happily. Happy kids and happy Mums!

My grandson and I spent an hour and a half playing together before going home for lunch. A great shared outing.

Wednesdays at Gam’s
Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
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