Great Family Reunion Activities

Have I ever told you how clever my daughter and daughters-in-law are? Well, they are. To the nth degree clever. They came up with some great ideas for activities for our family reunion.

We had our annual family reunion this past weekend at Bear Lake, Utah. My favorite part? ‘Canoeing’ with the grandkiddos. Part of the time they were happy as a clam (and me, too) to ‘canoe’ on dry land.


At one time, just my oldest grandson and I were in the canoe. He snuggled up to me as I ‘paddled’ along. Life just doesn’t get any better than snuggling in a canoe with a grandchild!

On Saturday, we played in the water.


Sunday morning before we broke camp, we had some activities. This was when we had the two fabulous activities.

My daughter told the grandkids they had 5 minutes to collect rocks and to stack them on top of each other to see who could build the highest pile of rocks.



The grandkids raced off, collected rocks, and came back to construct their rock tower. Without realizing it, they learned that it was easier to stack flat rocks than round ones.

The grandkids had fun — and it was a no-fuss-no-expense activity to prepare. That’s my kind of activity!

My daughter-in-law had a great activity, too. Each grandchild received a ball that looked like dough. They were given a plastic cup about 1/4 full of vinegar. The grandkids put the ball into the vinegar. It started bubbling and smoking. When it stopped, the grandkids stirred the solution and found a prize!

Some prizes were plastic frogs! Others were compass rings.
I asked my daughter-in-law how she made the balls. She said she just mixed baking soda with water until it was doughy. She formed a ball around the rings and the frogs and set the balls aside to dry.

The balls were kinda crumbly so if you do this activity, you might want to keep the balls in a bowl or container of some kind to contain the pieces that fall off.

I did a squirt gun activity with the grandkids. They had to squirt water at a ping pong ball on top of a plastic cup.


We had such a grand time!

These activities are easy for family reunions, birthday parties, family get togethers, or just any ol’ time the grandkids come for a visit. Why don’t you give them a whirl sometime?

Hope you have fun doing them!

Vintage Patriotic Pictures

I love vintage stuff. (Is it because I am vintage myself??) Whatever.

Here are a few vintage patriotic pictures that you could download and use as place cards at your 4th of July dinner with your grandkids. Or put in picture frames, Or, you could have your grandkids put together a patriotic booklet with them. Or, you could make coasters. Or, make place mats out of them. Or, print small copies and put them in the bottom of muffin tins for a bean bag toss.

You, Dear Reader, are so clever, clever that I’m sure you could find many ways to use these fun vintage pictures.

Just click on them to go to the site where you can download a larger version.

Happy 4th of July!

(I’m going to be celebrating the 4th in the antebellum south in Madison, Georgia. I’m so excited!)

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Patriotic Activities for Grandkids

Ipatriotic8 found some 4th of July activities that I just HAD to share with you.

Like these cute coloring pages. There are seven that you can download and print. They could easily keep grandkiddos busy while you’re getting your picnic dinner all set out.

patriotic11Here, you’ll find some patriotic mazes, color by number pages, a road trip maze, and a word search.

patriotic10Here are some patriotic Bingo cards. Get some marshmallows or candies to use as markers and EVERYbody will play!

And here is a tutorial for making a cute patriotic t-shirt. This would be a wonderful craft to do after stuffing yourself on all of the wonderful food at your picnic dinner!

Here are directions  for a patriotic luminary. Simply paint a flag on a brown paper bag, add a wee bit o’ sand, and plop in a battery operated tea light.

Have a fun and patriotic 4th of July!

Patriotic Printables

american flag For quite a few years, I have been very patriotic. Long before it was “in.”

I have decorated one of our bathrooms with patriotic wall hangings.  I am so grateful to the men and women who have served in the military and especially those who gave their lives while fighting for our freedoms. So, patriotic holidays have a special meaning for me.

The 4th of July will be here in a just a moment or two.  Wahoo! Have you got plans to celebrate it with the grandkiddos?

I have found some wonderful free patriotic printables that you could use for your celebration dcorations. You can print them up, pop them in a frame, and there you have a very inexpensive decoration for a patriotic party with the family.

patriotic1The 36th Avenue not only has this delightful printable for a picture but also some wonderful ones that are party banners, food toppers, and drink labels. Cute, cute, cute!

It behooves you to check out all of the fun, patriotic things this site has to offer!


HMH Designs has this free America! America! printable.




patriotic3HMH Designs also has this Star Spangled free printable.




patriotic4HMH is very patriotic! Here’s yet another printable from them. (They also have 2 others at this same link.)




patriotic5The Hostess With the Mostest has several patriotic “county fair” printables. Banners, menus, flags, signs, and silhouettes.  All sorts of things that you can print up to give your 4th of July celebration the feeling of a county fair.


patriotic6The Scrap Shoppe has this delightful Land of the Free printable.




patriotic7How can you resist this printable with its profound message?

This would certainly be something that you’d want to print up so that your grandchildren could be reminded that others gave their lives so that they could enjoy the freedoms we have here in the United States.


What ever your plans are for the 4th, I hope you have a safe and a happy celebration with your family!