Well, this grannie's house is nothing if not casual and fun for her grand-daughter. Here are a few special things we did today, and I expect will do many times again:
#1. These painted rocks were actually on the front porch in a basket as an unfinished project, because this summer I had the teens paint some rocks to set around my various plants,in hopes of making the soil unappealing for my outdoor cats........use your imagination there, and don't ask me to explain. Let's put it this way..........if the cats are too interested in my plant soil then my plant work becomes very stinky and nasty.
O.K. so anyway in the early morning we had a BLAST playing a hide and find the rocks game with our little Sunshine. We took turns being the hider and the finder. When the finder was waiting for the hider to hide, we sang our ABC's three times. Then the finder hunted for and gathered the colorful rocks like the Easter Egg hunting tradition, and as the rocks were found we lined them up on the sidewalk and .... you can see how this is great counting and math practice for a little one.
She ran her little tail off hunting and gathering the rocks, and hiding them was a challenge for her. (She is barely 3.)
#2. Then we had fun playing Candyland, which I find to be a great game for teaching basic game participation skills like attention span, patience and taking turns. Kids like the bright colors and simple procedures, and Giggles are always a part of our game.
#3. Later, after reading lots of books, and naptime, we used cardboard from the re-cycle receptacle, to make paddles for balloon tennis! As you can see all we needed was cardboard, scissors, tape, imagination. This was also a hit at Grannie's house:
This Grannie says, "Play first, clean later."
Maybe we will sneak a sweet.
#4. A fruit smoothie has become an honored tradition at Grannie's house. One a day, she has. I buy canned fruit which is soft in texture, and packed in 100% pure unsweetened juice. I add a little water or milk and sometimes soft banana. This time she got PEAR, liquified in the blender and SLURPED it down.
When she gets in the car, so she won't be sad because of leaving, she gets a smoothie to go,
Don't throw away your icing or other used plastic ware. Cut an X shaped hole and it may be PERFECT for child size travel cup.
and taco chips (because we find she is not messy with this snack). She has a LONG trip home, and Grannie wants to send her on the road happy, and Grannie ALWAYS looks forward to the next visit.
Though I wish I could change the world, fix all the problems, make everyone happy.... I accepted long ago, that our first and very honorable ministry is to take good care of those closest to us........... the ones the Lord seems to have "brought to our door" so to speak. I am so grateful for the family and friends that God has brought to my door, and the friends who let me share with them through blogging.
I hope I have encouraged you in ministering to the wee-ones in your life. So much of it is about building a relationship, and trusting that they will, over time, see the light of Christ in you.
Love in Him,
Grandma Mary Martha