Grandma Karla sent me a follow up P.S. to the idea of art at grandma’s house. She has such enthusiasm. Such energy. So many ideas. I know that I shouldn’t compare myself to others. But at times like these, the blah-ness of me pales in the sparkling sunshine of the likes of Karla. It’s a good thing that my grandchildren will never know Karla so I won’t have to compete with all of the wonderful things that she does!
Here are her additional ideas that she uses:
- A drawer of scratch paper within easy reach of the children
- A drawer of coloring books
- A file drawer with plain and patterned scrapbook paper in hanging files according to color.
- Plastic shoe box of various flash cards – symbols, learning words, as well as math concepts.
“Organization is the key to enjoying life with grandchildren,” she said. “They tend to fly in, interact, then fly out, so you don’t want to clean up mess after mess, but to be able to do a “quick clean” after they leave.
“I also purchased boxes and filled them with the items (like I mentioned in my previous email) such as crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks and scissors, etc. and gave them to my daughter. She keeps them above the refrigerator. These items can be mailed to a distant child. They are relatively lightweight (except crayons, which could also melt in very hot temperatures while going through the mail). The boxes mailed could even be labeled “Grandma’s Art Box of Colored Pencils” so the far-away grandchild will feel a connection to grandma each time he or she does art work.
“Some studies have indicated that a child who can free-form color has more creativity. Some children however, like the occasional idea of coloring within the lines. In class yesterday (note: remember Karla is a university professor) we had student presentations on art and music in the home. (They were tremendous!) One girl said one of her favorite childhood memories was when her mother would color one side of the coloring book two-page spread and she would color the other. It was a magical bonding time for them. That idea could transfer to grandparents.”
Thanks for sharing these additional thoughts, Karla!