After some fun times on swings and slides and merry go rounds - and lots of pictures with my easy to use digital camera - it was time to head for home - tired and happy

Healthy Nutty Fun for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

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The signs and sights and sounds of Christmas are all around us now – at the stores, in the streets, and even in many of our homes. BUT it IS still autumn, with fall leaves twirling around us, and Thanksgiving just next week. And yes, we are still reveling in it! My grandkids and I had such a great time at a fun park this week enjoying a lovely autumn day, before the rains moved in! We played on the swings, the slides, the merry-go-round, and the teeter totters!After some fun times on swings and slides and merry go rounds - and lots of pictures with my easy to use digital camera - it was time to head for home - tired and happy

Then we headed over to a “fort area” they love. There we discovered a ginormous trove of delightful acorns – with and without their caps. Since my senior mom loves sharing her gardening goodies with birds and squirrels alike,

My grandchildren and I loved watching this squirrel climbing the tree

and was bemoaning the fact that we do NOT have an acorn tree for our squirrels, we decided to gather some acorns up to take home to her.

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids found lots of acorns

We had such a fun time collecting the acorns. And even discussed some creative and easy crafts and ideas for the kids, not to mention us seniors. Hmmmm….

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandsons had fun collecting acorns for great-grandma and maybe some easy crafts for kids and seniors

I did a bit of research online and discovered some good resources for fall acorn crafts and thought you might enjoy them as well:

And check out this book – wouldn’t it be great for a lovely Thanksgiving reading activity after dinner for all of us grandparents and grandkids. 🙂

A fun fall and Thanksgiving reading activity after gathering acorns is the Max Lucado kids book - the Oak inside the Acorn

Who knew a little thing like an acorn could turn into such fun things as feeding great-grandma’s squirrels, fun and easy crafts for all of us in the Sandwich Generation family from the young kids to the sweet seniors, and a very interesting and encouraging book to share with our grandchildren. Then again, a tiny acorn does have a ginormous oak hiding inside it. 🙂 Got more ideas to share with us? We’d love to hear!

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    • Floss
    • November 18, 2011

    Hi Kaye – a lovely read! I adore acorns, although the dog is the only one in the family who actually eats them…

    It will be lovely to have you in the Pause in Advent again this year. And thanks for your other comment too – an American friend living in France has told me that she thinks our generous school is no less than a miracle. This kind of support, which would not be out of the ordinary in the UK or the US, is unheard of in France. We feel humble and blessed, and also realise that it’s our son’s good qualities, more than our own, which earned him this support. He is growing up and we are so proud.

    I have a friend who has just described herself as a new member of the ‘Sandwich generation’ – her dad is prematurely senile and she is a late(ish) mum to her small son. I think I will point her in the direction of your blog.

    • Lynn
    • November 19, 2011

    Oh Kaye, you always have the most delightful posts. I love acorns and my whole Thanksgiving theme centers around acorns this year but not the real ones. Our tree didn’t produce much this time but the squirrels have been busy burying the walnuts all over my yard. Holes everywhere. I hope you have a most happy Thanksgiving. xo

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