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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.
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?
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. 🙂