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Food coloring add to my grandchildren fun

Such educational fun going around our Sandwich Generation family. Last week's volcano fun led to more research, including a visit to Magical Childhood, which led to this fun project. My senior mom enjoyed watching us at work as my grandson and I poured a box of baking soda into a long roasting pan. We took white vinegar, added various shades of food color to the vinegar, then used medicine droppers to dribble the vinegar in various designs in the baking soda. What fun to see the fizzing and fuzzing as the vinegar landed in the baking soda.

My senior mom enjoyed watching my grandson work on this fun science experiment - one of the sweet joys of the Sandwich Generation

Then my grandson put straws in the baking soda, added a bit of extra baking soda inside the straws, then dribbled more vinegar into the straws. This made for more fun fizzing up. 

Not a birthday cake for the grandkids - this is baking soda and vinegar and educational fun for grandparents and grandchildren

It was a fun way to see a chemical process at work and a fun addition to our studies of volcanoes, rocks, and the world under our feet. It was also a great way to spend the afternoon with my senior mom and grandson. That's definitely one of the sweet joys of the Sandwich Generation, don't you think? πŸ™‚ 

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

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InsideEarth thank you to the National Snow and Ice Data Center and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for this great image to share with our grandchildrenMy grandsons and I had a blast this week – literally – and it was all good, educational fun! In school, they are learning about the earth, rocks, and – soon – volcanoes. We spent the week talking a lot about the earth's core (center), mantel (in-between), and crust (the part we walk on). We found an interesting Bill Nye, the Science Guy show on YouTube about this and watched it together, (while discussing some of his points and how they compared to the Scriptural account – they were quite different, but that makes for a good lesson as well.). We read a Magic School Bus book on the topic (Caveat – I couldn't find that they did a show on this, my grandkids are not as fond of their books because they are a bit difficult to read and when we test-drove an audio version of the book, it was even more convoluted – so I can't say I highly recommend that resource – BUT if your grandkids DO like the Magic School Bus books, it was quite interesting.) We checked out several books from the library on rocks, earth and volcanoes and enjoyed some of those – as well as reading our new and GRAND encyclopedias by Usborne and DK (VERY good books)!

This Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves her grandkids colorful volcanoes

Then we got to the action part that was the biggest hit! My grandsons took pill bottles and play-doh and turned them into miniature and very colorful volcanoes. They filled the pill bottles with baking soda, rolled and draped the play-doh around the bottles. Then we carried their volcanoes out to the back yard on cardboard. They took turns pouring vinegar into the pill bottle part of each volcano (while also practicing measuring with 1 cup, 2 cup, and 1 quart measuring cups – a fun way to practice math at the same time), and voila – a ton of "lava" came pouring forth. I loved the pill bottle idea (I found it online but can't remember where, I'm afraid), because it kept the baking soda in one spot, allowing them to repeat the eruptions multiple times. We all had so much fun – even their great-grandma enjoyed watching from the kitchen window. And we all learned a lot, as well.

WOOHOO - check out the lava in the mini volcano of my grandson

This was definitely a favorite activity we all hope to repeat and highly recommend. How about you? Any science or math experiments going on in your neck of the woods? Got any other books on this topic you can recommend? We'd love to hear!

P.S. IMPORTANT NOTICE for all of us – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation – There is currently a strong warning from Homeland Security to disable Java due to Cyberattacks that are going on RIGHT NOW (I wrote this on January 12, 2013). IF I understand it correctly, Firefox has taken care of that for us so they may be the safest browser to use. Apple has also taken steps with the Mac computer (which I use). So I feel safe using my computer. But apparently all of these safety steps may lead to tools not working well or at all, slower browsing, etc. Better slow than sorry, though! The joys of technology!!!

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids are busy working on math facts of all kindsHow are your grandkids doing with school this year? Have they started back? I know fellow baby boomer-grandmother, Cindy Matthews,' granddaughter started Kindergarten this week and is loving it. All of mine are back in session, both those in traditional classrooms and those in homeschool coop classes, and they all seem to be enjoying it a lot too – well, except, perhaps, for that pesky thing called homework. That they are somewhat less enthralled with. πŸ™‚ 

There are some new needs and requirements this year and this Sandwich Generation granny nanny has been putting together some new "playlists" in my iPod to help with those. One I've made is "Learn multiplication facts songs for the grandkids." With some grandkids working on skip-counting by 2s, 3s,4s, etc.and others working on their multiplication facts, I went back to all my multiplication songs CDs, re-added them to my iPod, and now – when we are out driving, we listen to Bible memory verses songs, Bible stories like GT & The Halo Express or Gilead Street, and lots of fun math music. 

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loved all the pink on this multiplication facts songs album coverAre you in the same boat? Here are some of our favorite "teaching addition and multiplication facts songs" CDs. Would you believe it, they're cute enough, I even enjoy them. And notice the lovely pink on the album cover – perfect for Pink Saturday fun. πŸ™‚ 

On the quieter side of Multiplication songs

Have you found any great math facts song CDs or other tricks or tips to help your kids or grandchildren learn their math facts more easily? We'd love to hear. And…happy mathematics!

P.S.  Want more info on learning multiplication facts songs for YOUR grandchildren? Just click here. πŸ™‚ 


Excellent article about dealing with beloved elderly parents forgetting who you are due to dementia such as that caused by Alzheimer’s Disease.

Six myths of caregiving.

Elder Care 101:When do you stop an elderly parent from driving?Β Β  Via @DLindberg49

Next time you visit your elderly parent, check his or her fridge for expired items, especially salad dressings. Via @Seniors4Living

February & Valentine’s Day activity ideas for senior care activity directors to use with senior citizens. Via @Carebuzz

EldercareABC Blog CarnivalΒ  has another interesting edition out including some excellent security tips for elderly parents.

Many blue foods have anthocyanins & phenolics, two powerful phytochemicals now being studied for antiaging benefits. One example: blueberries. Via @kimduess

Alzheimer’s Reading Room: Dealing with Difficult Behavior Caused by Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Via @SeniorsResource

Boomers and Seniors: News You Can Use blog carnival
just came out this morning. It looks very interesting with articles about Excercising in Tucson,Β  Knee Pain issues, and a couple of entries from SandwichINK. πŸ™‚ There’s even some fun videos to check out.

Speaking of Boomers & Seniors, SandwichINK is proud to announce we will be hosting the next Boomers and Seniors: News You Can Use blog carnival on January 26. If you are interested, we would love to have you enter an article or two in this blog carnival organized by Seniors For Living. πŸ™‚


Golden Corral: All day, everyday, kids 3 and under eat FREE with adult purchases. My senior mom, my granddaughter and I love to eat there! It’s a great place for the Sandwich Generation. πŸ™‚Β  Via @ThriftyParents

GIVEAWAY: The Princess and the Frog for the Wii! From now until January 26, there is a fun contest for five free copies of these fun Wii games for kids. I bet our grandkids would love this! πŸ™‚ Via @WeekinRewind

Video Chat with the Grandkids
at GrandMagazine by @ShaynePacker.


Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” Sally Koch. Via @Rainer_Seiffert

Caregiver’s prayer – As for me, I trust in Thee O Lord. I say, “Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand.”

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus. Via @AnneSadler:

God’s Desktop Picture”Β  Definitely puts worries into perspective!

I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Abraham Lincoln. Via @KristenArnold

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.


Now that Christmas is over, it’s time for “Stocking the Empty Gift Pantryβ„’” as well as “The Magic Mason Jar Filled With (Potential) Lights.”Β  These are great ways to save money via @frugalluxuries.

CaringBridge is an excellent resource for families dealing with health issues, from grandchildren to elderly parents. Via @MatthewBJohnson

Quick, easy, and healthy, Carl’s Jr. has a new apple, cranberry, and walnut salad that “is yumaluma!” per @jeneanw.

Are heart attacks more common in winter?Β  Via @Carebuzz

Curry and black pepper may help to prevent breast cancer. (AARP )Β  per @ElderCareRN