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It’s been a particularly hectic week for my Sandwich Generation family all on its own – apart from any holiday activities, other than online. Two grandkids not feeling well, physical therapy and doctor appointments for all ages, and the weather continues to surprise and drench us. What ‘s a granny nanny to do?
I’m trying to run up and down the stairs more to work on exercise while doing chores, playing lots of brain-growing games with the grandkids (as great for boomers and seniors as for our grandkidss), and doing as much multi-tasking as I can while dodging rain drops and wondering if we’re getting any snow this week.
Inside play is definitely the rule for the week. You should have heard the youngest grand-twin and me laughing our heads off this morning as we raced to build our LEGO Robo Champ Robots. Out of the three boys, he and big bro love fun “build a game board sets” like these. Grand-twin two likes it but not as much. I think he’d rather be “remote-controlling” a real robot. 🙂
Yesterday, grand big bro and I had so much fun playing Hasbro Battleship – the classic naval combat game. It’s one of those board games that’s been around forever but they are all really loving it and I like the way it makes them practice their critical thinking skills. Last year, I had to help the oldest a lot with the game. This year, I just give “you’re getting hot” or “you’re freezing” clues. And the sweetest part – he is helping me as well. What a delight for this grandma to see and appreciate. (And yes – he beat me! But not by too much. 🙂 )
We love handheld electronic games for kids and grand children, as you know well, but board games like these (and another of our personal favorites – Sequence for Kids Junior board games) are great for a quieter, more peaceful playtime (though, I have to admit we were laughing pretty loudly around here.). And excellent for critical thinking skills. These are a delight for babysitting grandchildren or if you’re thinking of Christmas ideas for grandkids. Very fun for grandparents and their grandchildren – in OR out of the Sandwich Generation. How about you and your grandkids? Do you have any more suggestions for us? We’d love to hear.
P.S. Merry Christmas!