Wednesday Tips #25 2014

2014-11-19 00.42.52Our latest trip to The Melbourne Zoo included a visit to the Butterfly House. Miss Five was desperate for a butterfly to sit on her hand but the ability to stay still long enough was going against her. Second best was a butterfly landing on her hat. We spent ten minutes watching the beautiful butterflies and to add to the fun I let her take a photo  when a butterfly landed on my shoulder. Camera strap firmly around her neck!

A reminder that children are admitted free at Zoos Victoria sites during the school holidays. A trip to any of their establishments makes a great holiday treat for children and grandparents alike.

My first tip is pack some simple food, water bottles, sunscreen and hats. The second is to go early and don’t try to see everything. Parking is only $2 for five hours which is great value.

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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.

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Wednesday Tips #23 2014

Well the fridge box finally collapsed!

Rather than just put it in the recycling bin I used a small saw to break it down into pieces to be used as art materials.

Our first activity was to create another little girl! I traced around my granddaughter as she lay on one of the large sheets of cardboard and then she used paint to fill in  the outline and add features.

Once dry, it could be delivered to her home to show her family on a day she was not with me. It took up too much room in the car for both girls to be in the car at once!

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Wednesday Tips # 22 2014

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I have found one of the things I really enjoy about being a grandparent is sharing my grandchildren’s interests.

When one of them expresses an interest or asks questions about a particular topic I like to follow that through and find out more together.

Recently, one of my granddaughters has expressed interest in the first people of Australia so we have been investigating indigenous culture together. The Melbourne Museum has the wonderful Bunjilaka Centre.  http://museumvictoria.com.au/bunjilaka/

Here there are great displays and interactive activities for young children. Together we have explored this gallery several times and talked together about what we have seen. There is also an indigenous garden outside which we only recently discovered. Here we enjoyed the colours, smells and textures of plants which are used for food, technology and  medicine by indigenous people.

This museum offers membership benefits for subscribers but being a senior I get free admittance as do children. A great spot for an outing/adventure together.

Have you explored what your local museum offers that you can share with your grandchildren?

 

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Wednesday Tips #21 2014

2014-09-15 02.21.56During school holidays I like to have my older grandchildren come and stay for a couple of days. This gives us a chance, among other things, to go on an adventure, visit the beach or discover a new local playground.

The small park near my home, referred to by the children as “Gam’s Park”, has always been a popular place to visit, however, the play equipment there is no longer  really challenging for the older ones. Fortunately my local council has recently  developed a wonderful new playground which is perfect for our needs at the moment and is only a short car ride away.

I have found reading the local press a very useful way to keep up with development in my municipality   and recommend the reading of such to keep grandparents in touch with what their local municipality offers in the way of open space and play centres.

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Wednesday Tips #20 2014

Recently  I experienced the unexpected major breakdown of my fridge/freezer which necessitated the purchase of a replacement.

Feeling cross about the unexpected financial outlay, I fortunately asked the installer to leave the packaging box as I thought it could be useful for my grandchildren as a play item. My thoughts were running along the lines of perhaps a cubby house, but as usual, the children came up with their own ideas.

On the day they all visited my home for a family lunch, all four grandchildren were delighted to find the box on the lawn in the back garden. For the next hour or so they played together 2014-09-14 02.41.56 climbing in and out of the box, tipping it over and generally having fun together. They then added a couple of balls to the game. Great interactive entertainment which threw a positive slant on my unexpected financial displeasure!

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Wednesday Tips #19 2014

2014-09-02 01.43.56The “honey bucket  water painting activity” kept in my outdoor toybox has always been popular with my grandchildren.  Treasure #4 has now moved on from painting the concrete terrace to painting various articles in my back garden.

With the bucket half full of water and having the 5cm paintbrush tied onto the handle of the bucket, most major spills and the frustration of the paintbrush getting lost are eliminated. The little fellow has now got the idea of carrying the bucket with him as he paints. He becomes very engrossed in his painting which is helping to develop his concentration span. As he goes we talk about what colour he is using. This stimulates his imagination and helps develop his oral language. The colour of choice for my other grandchildren has usually been “rainbow”.

Of course once he has finished there is an upturned bucket and usually wet feet!

 

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