Little Things Long Remembered

The main goal of my website is to share ideas of activities that grandparents (grandmothers in particular) and grandchildren could do together that would strengthen their relationship. I explain it on my About Me page.

little things long remembered by susan newmanSo when I was asked if I would be willing to write a review for the book Little Things Long Remembered by Susan Newman I was willing. Very willing indeed!

The premise behind the book is that parents shouldn’t underestimate the power of doing small, simple things with their children — even if those activities seem commonplace and unexciting. Over time, they become extraordinary and help to build a strong bond between parents and children.

Before I tell you about this book, lemme tell you about a tradition that I started with our children. It’s called Lewis Day. That was the day of our anniversary — or the birth day of our little family unit. Throughout the day, we celebrated all of the major holidays. (My favorite was going trick or treating in reverse. We made Valentine sugar cookies and delivered them to friends with a little poem that explained what we were doing…)

Not too long ago, our youngest son shared his memories with his wife — and had fun reminiscing about the good times we had.

Little Things Long Remembered is chock full of ideas of small, little things that parents could easily do. Activities that don’t take much time and are mostly inexpensive. Activities that build family bonds and strengthen family relations. After all, family is what it is all about.

Here are a few ideas from the book:

  • Have a special gesture that means I love you. (My in-laws put three fingers on their cheek with each finger representing the words I Love You.)
  • Have a word or fact of the day. (I did this and even our children’s friends and our adult friends enjoyed this!)
  • Create a special bookmark together to mark your place for your nightly reading together.
  • Play board games leaving them set up for the next round of play
  • Work on a joint collection (stamps, coins, butterflies, etc.).
  • Volunteer for a good cause.
  • Do community service such as working at a soup kitchen.
  • Give a child a small amount of money and then go to a thrift store or flea market to find a treasure.
  • When making lasting changes to your property (creating a walkway, planting shrubs) have your children participate. (Our daughter helped my husband re-shingle our home and to this day she speaks fondly of that activity!)
  • Build gingerbread houses together.(Making gingerbread houses at Christmas time was one of our family’s traditions.)
  • Create a “History for the Future” box. (I’ve created a time capsule and we will open it up at the end of this year. I can’t wait!)

The ideas in this book are easier for parents to do. However, with a little bit of tweaking, grandmas can use many of the ideas for activities to do with their grandchildren.

Little Things Long Remembered sells on Amazon for $9.96 for a paperback or just $1.99 for a Kindle version. Next time you are buying books, keep this one in mind.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for my review. It did not in any way influence my opinion of it. I did not receive any remuneration for writing my review.

Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving activities on Grandma Ideas When I was young, I enjoyed word searches, mazes, and word scrambles.

I think that is pretty typical for kids.

As a grandma, I enjoy making them. (I think it is my inner child telling me I should have been a teacher when I grew up . . .)

I have created two mazes, two word searches, and two scrambles word activities for you to print up and use with your grandchildren.

(I’ve included the key to the word search.) You can print up the Thanksgiving activities here.

You could print them up for the grandkiddos to do while you are busy in the kitchen cooking a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. (I’m sure you are an outta-this-world cook!)

Or, you could save it for an activity to do after you have finished eating. That way, you could enjoy being with your grandchildren when they do them.

Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Hunt

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After Thanksgiving dinner, the adults sit around in a caloric-laden haze. They generally don’t feel too motivated to be very active.

But, grandchildren. That’s a different story. They are re-fueled and ready to play.

Why not send them on a Thanksgiving hunt?Print up the Thanksgiving hunt printable pictures.Have one of your older grandchildren cut them out.

Thanksgiving huntGather all of the grandkids in one room. Ask one grandchild to hide the pictures around the house.

Then, let the grandkids search for the hidden pictures.

After all of the pictures have been found, select a different grandchild to hide the pictures. Then send the grandkiddos off on another hunt.

Let all of the grandchildren take a turn hiding the pictures.

As a variation, divide the grandchildren into three groups. Have one group find only the Pilgrim man, another the Pilgrim woman, and the last group find the turkey.

If the weather is warm enough where you live, you could hold the Thanksgiving hunt outside. That way, the children will get outside, get moving, get fresh air — and the adults will get some peace and quiet to take a snooze!

Card Game Giveaway

Dear Readers, can you stand yet another giveaway? I sure hope so because I have a fun game to give away to one lucky person.

Pack and Draw game on Grandma IdeasThe game is called Pick and Draw. It’s a one-of-a-kind game that is based on drawing.

The aim of the game (what a delightful rhyme, eh?) is to draw a cartoon face.

There are 5 groups of cards: face, nose, eyes, mouth, and hair.

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To play, divide the cards into the various groups. Shuffle each group individually.

Turn the cards face down. Players take turns selecting a card starting with the face cards.

On a piece of paper, players draw the shape that is on the card. They continue taking turns drawing cards until they have taken one card from each category and they have drawn a complete cartoon face.

Think you aren’t an artist? Don’t worry! Don’t fret! The objects on the card are easy to draw – easy enough that even little ol’ me can draw them and create a decent looking cartoon face. (That says a lot since it’s a challenge for me to draw a stick figure . . .)

In this game, there isn’t a winner or a loser. Wahoo! I like that. Everybody wins because they have drawn a cartoon face.

Rich Davis, the game creator, is a freelance children’s book illustrator with Penguin Putnam. He has illustrated 9 books. He has also designed greeting cards for over 20 years. He travels to public libraries and elementary schools to draw with kids and to talk about creativity and imagination.

Pick and Draw would be a great activity to do after your Thanksgiving dinner when you are too stuffed (pun intended) to do anything very physically demanding. It would be fun to play at a family Christmas party, a birthday party, on a hot summer day, on a rainy or snowy day, on a I’m-bored-outta-my-gourd-and-there’s-nothing-to-do kind of day with a grandchild.

The bottom line is that ANY time is a good time to play this game.

The Big Book of Pick and Draw Activities on Grandma IdeasMr. Davis has also compiled The Big Book of Pick and Draw Activities.

The activities in the book align with the common core standards.

If you are an elementary school teacher – or you know one – this would be a great resource book to use with your students at school.

This game would be a perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas for a family or grandchild. Or a birthday present for a grandchild. Or a gift that you give yourself so that you can have the game on hand to play when your grandchildren come over to visit.

Now. On to the giveaway.

To win this card game, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell what card game you played as a child.

You have until midnight on November 23 to make a comment. I will announce the winner on November 24.

Thanks in advance for participating in my giveaway!