Create a mystery bag filled with surprises

Visits from your grandchildren should always be enjoyable, fun.. something that everyone looks forward to. But there may be times that the visit is unexpected. Or perhaps you have to care for them when they're feeling unwell. Or, at the last minute, you may need to travel with them.

Be prepared! Create a bag full of fun and surprises for just such emergencies.

First, you'll need a bright-coloured bag.. one that looks as though it's about to overflow with sunshine and laughter. It doesn't have to be too big but it's great if there are extra pockets inside to hide treasures and fun.

Give your bag a name so that the grandkids will associate it with entertainment and excitement. You could just call it your 'Mystery Bag', 'Bag of Hidden Surprises' or even 'Rainbow Bag.' The main thing is to identify the bag with wonderful shared experiences and good times.

Next, fill the bag with bright, appealing toys and objects that will delight your grandchildren: small puzzles, games, activities, books. My grandsons love grasshoppers and insects so I've included some of the toys created like sticky legged bugs that crawl down the windows. Another grandchild loves gems so I have a small box of coloured stones and gems. Your grandchild might like craft activities so include a pack of craft items or some water-colour paints. Favourite reading books are another good idea.

There are wonderful games and puzzles at the Australian geographic shop that are worth checking out. They have a cylinder of coloured rice and hidden objects for a scavenger hunt in a bottle. Use your imagination and include those gadgets and gizmos that you know will intrigue your grandchildren. Some things you might purchase; others you might make yourself or even find, like a collection of beautiful dried leaves.

Don't let the kids play with everything at once. They can just choose one thing each time you bring out your Mystery bag to add to the intrigue and excitement of this special bag.

Anytime, anywhere, any ready to entertain your grandchildren and add some unexpected laughter, fun and excitement into their lives.. and yours.

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