Water Fun With Grandkids

It’s hot where I live. Real hot. Hot like 100 degrees and hotter hot. It’s so hot, that it behooves me to have a fun new water activity for the grandkiddos. Yes, it behooves me!

Instead of running through the sprinklers, how about running under a ‘shower?’ A pool noodle shower?

To make the pool noodle shower, I cut a pool noodle in half. My husband used an awl and poked lots of holes all over in it. He had a wooden dowel that was about the same size as the hole going through the noodle. He put that in one end to plug up the hole and then put duct tape over the outside of the noodle.

We shoved the hose in the other end of the noodle. We hung the hose over a branch of a tree and turned on the water. The grandkids enjoyed running through the water and playing with their pool noodle shower.

You know, once you make something, you learn lots. And, after seeing how things turn out, you think of ways to improve it and make it better. At least that’s the way I am!

Here are my lessons learned. We think that we should have used a thicker tool to poke holes in the noodle. We think that if the holes were a little bit bigger that the water would squirt out a little further. As it was, the water only squirted out about 10 inches.

Second thing. My husband only put two strips of duct tape across and one around the end of the noodle. After a while, water leaked out around the edges. That was okay because that was just more water for the kids to play in.

However, because the leaks were fairly big, I think that it affected the water pressure inside the noodle. Maybe that had something to do with the anemic squirting out of the water, too. So, I would have put more duct tape overlapping the layers to prevent the water from leaking out.

Then, the noodle hole was a tad bigger than the end of the hose. That made it so the hose didn’t stay inside the noodle. Luckily, we had another hose that had a fatter end and stayed in the hole better.

If the hole in the noodle is too big and the hose doesn’t stay inside it, maybe you could stuff a wedge or something around the hose to help it from falling out of the hole.

Last year, I got a pool noodle from the dollar store. The hole in that pool noodle was smaller. So, instead of purchasing a pool noodle from Wal-Mart like I did for the pool noodle shower, you might want to check your dollar store first. One from there might work better.

Here’s a teeny video of playing in the water. It very briefly shows the pool noodle sprinkler. Then, it shows the grandkids running through the pop bottle sprinkler (which you can read about here).

Have fun playing in the water with your grandkids!

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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!