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Friday, 17 July 2015

An easy way to connect with your older grandkids

A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ~Bill Vaughan
Childhood fun
When my grandkids were little, and I still have some who are, we could take long walks outside in the sunshine and search for ladybeetles and grasshoppers. We'd watch the busy ants at work and laugh at the nosey magpie who always follows us around and wants to know what we are doing.

If the weather was unfriendly, we'd build a cardboard cubby house indoors and decorate it with finger paint and stickers. We might serve a high tea of chocolate cupcakes and scones with jam and cream to all the teddy bears. (Teddies are well known for their fondness of chocolate cupcakes.) 
But, sadly, kids don't remain content with hunting for beetles. They grow up and their interests certainly change, though perhaps not their interest in cupcakes and scones. It's harder to connect with your older grandkids and build fun memories.

So.. how do you entertain older grandkids and generate a level of excitement and anticipation when they visit with you?
Fortunately, I have discovered Clip Circuit Electro Lab from Heebie Jeebies. Have you seen it?

So simple, kids can complete it themselves

It's a wonderful kit that contains colour-coded, numbered components that clip together to make various electronic projects- a light with an on/off switch, a buzzer, a fan and more. The manual that accompanies the kit provides step by step instructions to complete each project. Each piece also contains graphics that help kids learn about electric currents and more while working on each project.

There is a basic kit as well as larger kits to complete more advanced projects with additional components. Everything needed to build each project in the manual is included in the kits.'s lot's of fun and not just for the boys. You'd be surprised how much the girls enjoy clipping the components together to create a light or a buzzer, too.
Fun and educational
It worked out especially well with my grandson. He was studying electricity at school so this fun activity was also educational and reinforced his schoolwork. So, build some fun memories with your older grandkids. Invest in a kit yourself and I'm sure you and your grandkids will really enjoy these activities together.
Where will you find Clip Circuits Electro Labs?
I was able to pick up a kit at the Puzzling Store.

You can find them online here. Australian Geographic also stocks them. See here.

First published ..At Grandma's Place  

Monday, 22 June 2015

No Muss. No Fuss. Cooking for Kids

Maybe it's the cold weather. Maybe it's the kids home now on school holidays. Maybe it's the inspiration from a recent cookbook sale. Whatever the reason, I seem to be spending more time in the kitchen. And the kids have loved it.

 I recently bought a copy of the Australian Women's WeeklyCookies cookbook. The title grates a little.. Australians cook biscuits, not cookies. But the book itself is beautiful- not a big book but with beautiful layouts and wonderful photos. The front cover has a lovely, almost honeycomb, texture.

Mish Mash Cookies  The biscuit.. sorry, cookie.. recipes have been grouped into 4 categories: kids, cafe, holidays, occasions. Naturally, I began with the kids' cookies. And the Mish Mash cookies are a lot of fun. They are so easy that the kids can help you make them. They'll only take about 15 minutes to complete.

  • 250 gm milk chocolate, chopped roughly
  • 115gm packaged baby Oreo biscuits
  • 1 cup honey Tiny Teddy biscuits
  • 1 cup mixed mini pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons caramel choc bits

Directions:  Melt the milk chocolate and spoon 1/2 teaspoonfuls into 6cm circles onto baking paper. Before the chocolate circles can set, gently push 2 tiny teddy biscuits, 2 mini Oreos, a couple of mini pretzels and a few caramel chocolate buds into the melted chocolate. 
Yep.. that's it! You could vary the biscuits by substituting white chocolate or even popping a couple of M&Ms for colour.

Once the chocolate has set, carefully peel the biscuits off the baking paper and pack into air-tight containers.

I packaged up the biscuits into small white boxes labelled with my Grandma's bakery stickers (you can find the download here)
.. one box for each grandchild and included a little gift tag.
See below..