How Grandma Stole Their Hearts
Having Fun With the Grandchildren
It has been less than a month since Christmas and by now most of the new toys have lost their appeal and have found their way to the toy box or closets where they may or may not ever be played with again. This is not to say they haven't enjoyed playing with them, it seems most have more toys that can ever have the time to enjoy. My grandsons really enjoy the movie Toy Story with good old Woody and his cronies and now there are even more versions to captivate and occupy the time of our youngsters.
We only have two grandsons and one afternoon this week they discovered the joys of creating their own fun. Of course it was from the help of grandma who is forever coming up with new and exciting things for them to do. I had been downstairs for a while and heard the footsteps overhead and the laughter of little boys. I had to go investigate because as all you grandma's and paw paw's will readily attest, nothing is more heartwarming than the giggles of little people.
The source of the commotion turned out to be a footstool in our living room had been so imaginatively transformed into a catapult. Using the elastic band from some unknown (I was afraid to ask) garment, the band had been drawn between the two outer legs of the foot stool. and placed on an old steamer trunk. A piece of masking tape had been placed in the center and ping pong balls were being hurled at a DVD cover which had been set on the piano stool as a target.
I had to get involved giving my own play by play of all that they were doing. Soon the aim of the boys got better and the cover was knocked over. The ping pong balls weren't heavy enough to cause any damage to our furniture and the new toy reigned supreme. I expect that new toy will again e put to use on their next visit.
I can't help but remember the things my mom showed us when we were little. One is using a string to make a Jacob's ladder. Another was making a toy from a string and one of mama's old buttons. these little inventions sometimes got me into trouble when I would get the button humming along and mischievously stick it in one of my siblings hair.The hair would be instantly tangled and the screams of the offended brought on the wrath of mama.
I have found kids enjoy almost anything that allows them to laugh and have fun. It is not always the high tech toys or games, sometimes it only requires imagination and sometimes a rubber band or a piece of string.