Ideas For Grandmas From Grandmas

Grandma Barbara, the winner of one of my giveaways, shared an activity that is a favorite with her grandchildren.  And that is making play dough.  Here’s what Grandma Barbara has to say:

One of the favorite things my granddaughter loves to do is to make play dough. It’s cheap to make. I always have the items in my pantry and it allows her to use her imagination and creativity. Here’s my recipe:

2 cups of flour
2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
1/2 cup of salt
2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons of canola oil
food coloring

I combine the dry ingredients in a saucepan, and slowly add the water and oil while stirring. Cook over medium heat until a ball forms, about 5 minutes. After cooling, I put small batches of dough into zip lock bags and add food coloring of choice. Zip shut and knead until well blended (which my granddaughter loves to do). Keep in zippered bags for storage or use air tight containers. If you make a bunch of colors, kids can make fantastic things.

Thanks so much, Grandma Barbara, for sharing this!

Grandma Darlene mentioned to me a couple of days ago that for Christmas, she is making a photo book for her grandchildren.  She has been taking pictures throughout the year of them and of all family members.  She is putting them in book form and then will give each grandchild a copy on Christmas.

Here are three sources to help you create those fun and memorable books: — This is my favorite one. And, I see on their site that they have 25% off their photo books until December 31. That’s a great deal, if you ask me. — They currently have a deal if you buy more than one, you get all of the others for 50% off.  If you’re getting several copies, this will surely save you money! is offering 30% off the glossy hardback books.

These photo books are fun and easy to create and a delight to hold the final product in your hand and ‘read’ to your grandchildren.

Don’t forget to post a comment on my giveaway of the Nikon camera!  Hurry now and make a comment.  The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, December 10.