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 # 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 #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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Wednesday Tips #17 2014

vietnamese boatMany grandparents experience concern  that their special treasures on display will be inadvertently damaged by grandchildren when they visit.  My grandchildren spend time with me every week, so to minimise anxiety all round, I have a simple solution which works for us. My grandchildren are not permitted to play in the formal living area of my home. Instead, the casual area is their domain with a toybox  they can access easily, a book box containing appropriate material and various other toys and activity options. The low storage unit is called “Gam’s Fiddle Shelf “and it is here I put interesting things for the children  to inspect, handle and explore.   Simple things like a large magnifying glass, interesting rocks, feathers and shells all provide interest. In addition I add small souvenirs from my travels and tell my grandchildren the stories about their acquisition. Currently a model of a Vietnamese woman taking her fruit and vegetables to market by boat is a favourite. The children know they will always find something interesting to see and hold when they visit, with no fear of being told not to touch. Not only are they exploring using all senses but their language is being extended when we talk together about what they have discovered.

 

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Wednesday Tips #16 2014

monopoly

I remember learning to play Monopoly when I was young and many hours were spent wheeling and dealing property with friends over school holidays. Fast forward about 60 years and there are  now junior versions available of this popular game . Although operating on much the same principle as the original game, these don’t take nearly as long to complete. A game like this is perfect for sharing with a grandchild on an afternoon too wet or cold to play outside.  Miss 6 and I have begun to discuss strategies for having a better chance of winning. Do you pay to get out of gaol or stay there to minimise your chance of paying your opponent? Do you aim for multiple properties of the same colour to double your chance or do you space your properties around the board? Great fun and a learning experience as well.

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Wednesday Tips #5

pansies

Even when the weather is cold there is always something to look at in a garden. There may be fairy toadstools to see (but not touch!), pansies cheering up gloomy weather with their happy faces, fallen  camellia blooms to gather and float in a shallow bowl of water or birds busy gathering nectar from Winter flowering native shrubs. Whilst doing these things with your grandchild there will be many opportunities to talk and wonder together thus helping with the development of language and an appreciation of our natural world.

If you and your grandchild planted daffodil bulbs during Autumn, now is the time to start looking for  strong green shoots pushing up through the soil.

 

 

daffodil sprouts