Monthly Archives: August 2009

Make Cardboard Ring Picture Frames with Grandchildren

Who says that we have to have rectangle or square picture frames? And who says we have to hang them in orderly rows or symmetrical patterns? My stodgy, old-fashioned inner self, that’s who!

But, if you are more artsy, edgy, and especially if you are more modern than me, making ring picture frames with a grandchild might be something that could be loads of creative fun.  And  it’s cheap!

I do like this idea.  But I don’t especially like the brown-ness of the frames.  I would probably spray paint them a different color.  That way, the cardboard ‘look’ wouldn’t be so obvious.  (Unless you like the idea of people knowing that your frame is a toilet paper tube . . .)

Here are the step-by-step directions on how to make the frames.  Grandchild that are fairly young and ones that are all the way up through the teen-age years will be able to do this activity.

Extend this idea and make a wedge from card stock paper to put on the back so that the picture frame can stand upright on a desk.  Or, put a magnet on the back so the frame could go in a school locker, on a mirror, or on the everything-gets-put-on-me fridge.

This would be a great way to display the digital pictures that you and your grandchild have taken!

Rubber Duckie with an Attitude

Check out these hip and cool rubber ducks! The whole family will want some!Move over yellow duckie!  You’re about to be taken over by an odd duck.

One with an attitude!

And, I want one.  Wait. I want a whole flock of them.

The picture on the left is of Bob.  There is also Jane, Slim and Squish.

They’re hip.  They’re mod.  They’re bold.

They are not you typical little run-of-the-mill yellow variety.  No siree, Bob! Continue reading

Wet ‘N Wild

Here are some wet and wild summer activities for your kids!I know that school is starting soon in many areas around the country.

School signals the end of the summer.  But not necessarily the end of hot weather.

I remember many days at the beginning of the school year in elementary school of being sweaty and sticking to the wooden chair at my desk .  (My kids would claim that was before air conditioning was invented.  And, you know what, they would be right!!) Continue reading

A Skype-ing Grandma

Skype with family members who live far away.The other day I chatted with a good friend who used to be a professor here at the university where I work.

She told me how she absolutely loves Skype — and then she shared how she uses it.

After chatting with her, I checked out my posts here on Grandma Ideas and realized that I had mentioned Skype before but I haven’t really explained it.

Shame on me. Continue reading

Paper Foldables

Make paper foldable with your kids.Do these hot summer days have your grandchildren wound tight like a spring – coiled and ready for action?

If so, get their hands focused (and busy) making foldables.

And what are foldables?

I’m glad you asked.  Foldables are things you make out of paper simply by printing, cutting, and folding. has a plethora of free patterns of people, animals, pinatas, and ‘thingies’ like a jellyfish and a typewriter.  (Do today’s kids even know what a typewriter is?) Continue reading

Easiest Ever Fruit Cobbler

Learn how to make the easiest ever fruit cobbler!On the Memorial Day weekend, my husband and I went camping with another family in Southern Utah near Bryce Canyon.  Before we left, I warned them that when the Lewis’s go camping it rains.

True to form, it rained.

I was planning on making a Dutch Oven apple cobbler for dessert Saturday evening.  The rain changed our plans and the cobbler never got baked. Continue reading

Grandma Dani’s Idea

Make a 'secret garden' in an extra closet where kids can play. They'll absolutely love it!Did you ever read the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett? I loved that book and hope to be able to share it with my grandchildren when they get a little bit older.

Dani, one of my dear friends from college, shared a great idea with me. (And, it made me think of that book.)

Maybe you could follow her idea and make your own secret garden for your grandkids. I think that would be great fun!

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Natalie — All Gussied Up

Our granddaughter, Natalie, is now home from the hospital.  Out of the boring white t-shirt/night gown thingie.  No more newborn-hospital-hat-hair.  I think she’s absolutely adorable.  But, I ‘m just the unprejudiced grandmother!