Etch A Sketch and Doodle Art is Part of Our Past But Is It Also Part of Our Grandchildren’s Future

Etch a Sketch was created by a French inventor in 1955, according to a business “Briefing” in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, February 13, 2016, bought by Ohio Art in 1960, and has now been sold to a toy company in Toronto, Canada. It is considered a “surprise move.” This Grandma wonders why. I remember […]

Crayons From Star Wars to Body to Books To Creativity Are A Forever Hit With Grandchildren Beginning With Toddlers to Older Grandchildren Especially At the Holidays 2015

The New York Times best seller list has two picture books, number two and three, by Drew Daywalt, from his series on crayons for children ages 3-7. Number two is “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” about “a reunion of wayward colors.” Number three is “The Day the Crayons Quit.” On Amazon, “The Day the […]

Get Your Grandchild, Even Your Toddler and Preschool Grandchild, An iPad or iPad Mini For A Birthday Present or the Holidays With The Following Indispensible Accessories and Tips To Go With It

A dear, long (we never say old) friend called me to ask what she should get her granddaughter for her second birthday. The first words out of my mouth were to get her an iPad. Now that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is on the side of us grandmas and have finally brought their […]

Hess Holiday Toy Truck Tradition Remains Alive For 2015 and We Grandmas Can Turn it into A Family Tradition

Our grandsons love getting their Hess holiday toy trucks every year from their other grandparents. Remember, children remember traditions and rituals more than time spent with them. When the grandchildren grow up, their memories will be full of those traditions and rituals and the guilt we have over our inability to spend as much time […]

To This Day, Play Dough Does Not Appear in Grandma’s House But Learning its History and How To Make It At Home Led to The Best Website For Instructions To Homemade Anything

The youngest grandson, age four, loves Play Dough. And his mother actually allows it in her home. It may be because she was deprived as a child. This Grandma hated the crumbles, sticky mess, the difficulty cleaning up. Maybe improved since it beginnings. The New York Times, September 16, 2015 gave us the Back Story […]

Lego Company Already the Most Powerful Brand and May be the world’s Biggest Toy Company With Help From Boomer Grandmas

Lego Company is all over the news. This Grandma watches for all stories about legos, as this is a favorite of grandchildren. So is Mindcraft. Now Lego wants to take over Mindcraft too! In Forbes, “LEGO Worlds’ Takes On Minecraft,” the author, Andy Robertson, says: “Hot on the heels of LEGO Dimensions comes another long […]

Rubik’s Cube Fun For Grandchildren

Visiting the oldest grandchild, I found him playing unusually with a low tech toy–a Rubik’s Cube. He said he and his twelve year old friends were having a contest to see who could figure out the puzzle the fastest. This Grandma tries to think of great presents for grandchildren and I have to admit that […]

Buying New Interactive Talking Toys for Grandchildren Comes with a Warning to be Cautious

This week, trying to take a photograph of an Instagram my oldest grandson posted, I accidentally got Siri instead. I went,” Oh! No! Not Siri!.” Siri responded, “After all I do for you . . . .” In hysterics over the guilt trip Siri pulled on me, I called my grandson immediately. The entire family […]

Boys and Their Favorite Toys From Preschool On Through School Age Come from Japan and Involve Bakugan, Pokemon and BeyBlades

If you are grandma with grandsons, there is a new language to learn, Bakugan and Pokemon, and they make the best visit presents. Japan is the source of these three crazes. This Grandma was able to hand down the Bakugan, Pokemon, and BeyBlade collections from the eleven year old grandson to the seven and four […]

So When Are Grandchildren Into Dragons and What Can We Grandmas Do About It

This Grandma is always looking for great visit presents. So introducing grandchildren to dragons can be through great books and plush toys and even having them accompany us to the movies so we have an excuse to see, “How To Train Your Dragon” movies. There is a picture book presently on the best seller list […]

Watches Big and Small For Grandchildren Teach Telling Time and More

This Grandma was at Learning Express with the older grandchildren letting them pick out items for the holidays and their camp packages. Yes, I plan in advance. It did not matter that it was before holiday time. I try to always multitask and why not plan for two events at one time. They were the […]

Dancing and Singing with Grandchildren and Teaching and Moving Body Parts

At this Grandma’s long (we never say old) years, I love that I am able to keep up with the grandchildren and do dancing and moving songs with the grandchildren and be able to teach them body parts at the same time. My favorite moving song for this purpose is “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” […]

Over the . . .Top Luxurious Holiday Gifts Grandchildren Would Love

If money were no object and a grandma did not care what anything cost, here are over the top luxurious holiday gifts grandchildren would love: Infants and Toddlers They have no clue and grow too fast so do not spend for luxuries for them. Spend at this time in their lives on those who matter […]

Playing Cards With Grandchildren Spans the Generations

A simple deck of cards is easy to put in a handbag or a suitcase. A simple deck of cards is a treasure trove of play time with grandchildren. In this age of electronics, it is an old fashioned “hands on” connection with those precious grandchildren. We have used part of a deck of cards […]

Pete the Cat Takes Over Best Seller List for Grandchildren Ages 3-7

This Grandma recently read that celebrities are getting into writing children’s books because children’s books sell.  I am always looking for new children’s books to get for the grandchildren as visit presents.  Books are a win-win as a visit present–grandchildren love owning books and we have them in our lap for a period of time […]

Which Grandma Among Us is Ready to Buy the $7,500 Crib for our Grandchild?

This Grandma goes overboard when it comes to the grandchildren.  I am always looking for the new toy, new book, even new bedding set to redo their bedrooms once again!  I am really, really glad that I am not expecting a new grandchild any time soon.  We have reached new heights in baby furniture.  We […]

Non-fiction Books Grip School Aged Grandchildren

Visiting grandchildren always means viewing their stash of books and seeing if their home library needs refreshing.  If I need suggestions, I ask the parents.  Recently, I have noticed a growing collection of non-fiction children’s books.  A previous post recommends the new children’s books by Brad Meltzer.  The books I am now looking for are […]

Brad Meltzer Writes Children’s Books – That are Great

This Grandma is used to reading the author, Brad Meltzer’s books–his adult books.  I always check the New York Times Best seller lists for children’s books to buy for my grandchildren and found two children’s books by Brad Meltzer on it!  I was intrigued. I went to the internet of course, and found an online […]

The Best Baby Shower Variation is a “Sprinkle”

A colleague commented that the baby shower planned by her close family and friends was the best.  Of course, I inquired why.  She shared that it was not one baby shower but two in one. First, her close friends and family planned a private and intimate lunch with her closest family and friends.  At the […]

Keith Richards Is Writing a Children’s Book. Yes, a Children’s Book

“Keith Richards Is Writing a Children’s Book. Yes, a Children’s Book.” is the title of an article in the New York Times, March 11, 2014, by Allan Kozinn. This is not just any children’s book.  This is a book about the impact of Keith Richard’s grandfather on Keith Richard’s life.  It may be hard to […]