Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Family Fun on a Budget

Sidewalk Chalk and the Driveway

     As Newbie Grandparents Paul and I learned a very valuable lesson about how not to entertain Grandchildren.  Wanting our Grandchildren to find our home fun we would go out and purchase what was being advertised and the 'best' toys: yes we/the toys were a hit.  

     Between visits our Grandchildren would grow a little older and what was fun last year was now “for babies”.  So it was that we found ourselves with a toy box full of ‘baby toys’ and we unwittingly were in the process of teaching our Grandchildren to expect new and expensive toys from us.  This is not what we wanted for them or ourselves.  When we thought back on our own experiences as children visiting Grandparents or special family members we  learned a valuable lesson.

Grandpa and Grandma’s house is fun because it is just that Grandma and Grandpa house: it is about the relationship we have with our Grandchildren and that never goes out-of-dated.

 So with only a $3.00 dollar box of sidewalk chalk,
  a driveway cleared of cars,

a stick, duct tape

and lots of imagination  
Grandpa, Grandma, James, Emily and Ruth all enjoyed the most amazing Sunday afternoon.

“It is a happy talent to know how to play” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today James, Emily and Ruth want to play with the toys that their parents played with and luckily we still have a few of those around.  So a word of advice to parents don't give away all of your children's old toys keep a few of the most loved ones for their children to play with.

Grandma Snyder 

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