The Sandwich Generation granny nanny had fun watching the grandkids put this together

The Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny and Grandkids Think Outside the Box for Autumn and Fall Sickday Fun

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"Grandma, grandma, this looks cool – and easy too!" exclaimed one of my grand-twins when we were at Michael's. Holding up a package of autumn colored craft supplies for making cute spiders, it was full of pipe-cleaners (at least, that's what this baby boomer USED to call them. 🙂 ), sparkly things, and tiny puff balls for fun fall projects. He was right. It did look easy AND was priced very affordably, so… "Sure, sweetie, let's add that to our cart," and off we went.

A couple of weeks later, when we were finally ready to work on that project, everyone's mood had changed a bit. One brother was at the doctor's, the other two weren't feeling great, and this Sandwich Generation granny nanny was definitely looking for creative ideas to keep them productively busy even though not feeling great. 

As I was pulling out the bag, they spotted it and immediately cheered! "Spider web!" they cried. "Let's make a spider web all over the living room!" That was NOT what I had envisioned and it wasn't even my living room. But after a fast check with their mom, who happily approved, and a quick division of pieces in order to save some for the brother who was gone, to work they went. That left me manning the easy to use digital camera, recording their earnest endeavors.

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids enjoy thinking outside the box - ck out this spiderweb

For those of you who don't have boys right now (or at least boys involved in these particular interests) those are not red and blue dog food dishes. They are Hasbro Beyblade Vortex Battle Stadiums which my grandboys LOVE. Kind of like high-tech versions of the tops from my childhood – pull the string, let them go in the stadium, and they "duke" it out. The winner is the last one spinning. 🙂  Now you'll be more educated than I was if your grandsons show them off to you. 🙂

Here's another picture I took of their ginormous web creation. I applied Picnik's easy to use sharpen tool on this photo from my iPhone digital camera. Because of the coloring, it came out really grainy – but really cool, I think. Almost like a painting? Or is that just my aging eyes? 🙂 What do you think?

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny had fun watching the grandkids put this together and taking their pix with my easy to use digital camera

It turned into a delightful afternoon, in spite of grandkids not feeling well. I left their brother's set for him and he added to the creation after I left. By the time I returned in a couple of days, it was all gone again – but the sweet family memories lingered as they excitedly told me what he had done. 

A fun afternoon for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids, a fun and easy crafts idea for kids and seniors alike (though senior parents might have more fun making flowers and spiders out of it :)), and some cute pictures for Rednesday, thanks to their Beyblade Stadium and Sweet Shot Tuesday, thanks to my easy to use digital Canon Powershot camera. Join us, won't you. 🙂 

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    • Myrna
    • September 21, 2011

    Looked like a fun time weaving memories !

  1. I’m not much for battles, but I do like to see red used effectively as an attention-getter!


    “I don’t have time,” my grandfather said,
    “to dither around and stand on my head,
    pretending that crimson is blue, not red—
    just tell me the truth, if you please.

    “I’m much too old for being lied to,
    so tell me the truth about the rose hue
    that colors the sky when the day is through
    and adds a bright blush to the trees.

    “Some call it red and some call it pink,
    some call it strawberry wine-colored ink;
    I call it rubicund, that’s what I think—
    now leave me alone, if you please.”

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Featherless Pomegranate

  2. What a fun idea!! Looks like a great time for all of you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my zucchini cakes!!

  3. It was a delight, Myrna 🙂

  4. Very cute poem – guess it’s true, a rose by any other name is still as sweet 🙂

  5. Hi Heather, thanks. It was great – and those zucchini cakes DEFINITELY looked great as well 🙂

    • Ann
    • September 21, 2011

    I remember halloween parties in my house when our kids were small, with spider webs strung everywhere. Great memories.

  6. Thanks Ann – loved your sweet family memories 🙂

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