How to Babysit a Grandpa – How to Babysit a Grandma

Written by Jean Reagan Illustrated by Lee Wildish

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In honor of all grandparents that take care of their grandchildren, we have chosen two books that will make your child an expert when it comes to taking care of Grandma and Grandpa. Jean Reagan will make you smile and laugh while celebrating Grandparents and Grandchildren in these “How To” stories of How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma.

We have also selected a few book-themed activities to do with your young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story. So, we recommend that you only pick one or two activities listed.

Book and Activity Benefits: 

  • Reading
  • Listening skills
  • Following Instructions
  • Learning about Grandparents
  • Using a nail and hammer
  • Drawing people
  • Fitting shapes together (by putting together the puzzle)

Bookmark

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Grandpa and Grandma picture bookmark

 Supplies needed

  • Print-out of the Grandma and Grandpa bookmark page (on white cardstock or construction paper)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers (if you want to draw your grandparent’s picture)
  • A 2″ by 2 1/2″ picture of your grandparents (if you want to glue a picture of your grandparents on the bookmark)
  • Glue

Directions

For directions with pictures click here

  1. Print the Grandpa and Grandma Bookmark Page on white cardstock.
  2. Draw a picture inside each frame of your Grandpa and Grandma or if you have chosen to use a photo cut the photo down to 2″ by 2 1/2 ” size and glue them to the bookmark.
  3. Cut out each bookmark on the bold lines around the edge
  4. Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark on the blue and pink circle with the hole punch.
  5. Thread the ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot.

Now you can use your bookmark to mark places in your book

Craft

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Tin Can Kazoos

Supplies

  • An empty small tin can (make sure there are no sharp edges)
  • 1 medium size nail
  • A hammer
  • Wax paper
  • rubber bands
  • Scrapbook paper (plain or printed) or copy paper to fit the width of the can (cardstock is very thick and does not roll around the can very well )
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils for decorating if you choose plain paper
  • Scotch Tape

Directions

for directions with pictures click here

  1. Use your hammer and nail to make tiny holes in the bottom of the can.
  2. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper or copy paper the width of the can and long enough to wrap completely around the can.
    • If you are using copy paper or plain scrapbook paper you could have your child/children decorate the paper.
    • I found that cardstock did not work well as it was too thick to wrap around the can properly.  Paper is a much better option to save you any frustration.
  3. Start wrapping the can with the paper and tape the beginning end down. Roll the can to the end of the paper and secure with tape again.
  4. Cut a piece of wax paper large enough to cover the bottom of the can with extra hanging over the side. The measurement for this will depend on the size of your tin can.
  5. Place the paper over the bottom of the can.
  6. Secure it with a rubber band.
  7. Trim the wax paper     

Your Kazoo is now ready to play.  Have fun playing all kinds of songs with Grandpa

To use your Kazoo:

  • Place the wax paper end of the Kazoo against your lips.
  • In order to make a Kazoo sound, you will make sounds into the wax paper above the nail holes.
  • The sounds will need to be a “doot – doot” sound or “do – ta – do” sound. Blowing or speaking into the wax paper will not work.                  

Puzzle Pictures

Supplies

  • A jig-saw puzzle (we used a 100 piece puzzle)
  • A surface to put the puzzle on while applying decoupage glue. (I used a large piece of cardboard and covered it in wax paper so the puzzle won’t stick)
  • Decoupage glue
  • A small container to put the decoupage glue in
  • A small craft brush – bristle or foam
  • A frame to fit the finished puzzle
  • An old shirt or apron to cover your child while applying decoupage glue.

Directions

For directions with pictures click here

Spend time putting the puzzle together with your Grandma.  

  1. After the puzzle is put together it is time for you and Grandma to put the glue on top of the puzzle to make a puzzle picture.
  2. Pour a small amount of the decoupage glue in a container
  3. Take a craft brush and dip it into the glue and start painting over the top. Cover the entire top of the puzzle
  4. Let the glue dry (we let it dry about 3 hours) then apply a second coat of glue over the top
  5. Let dry over night
  6. In the morning make sure there is no tacky or wet feeling to the top of the puzzle. Lift up the puzzle and make sure it holds together. If it falls apart anywhere redo the decoupage glue over the top one more time and let it dry. 
  7. Find a frame that will fit your picture and put the picture in the frame. Ask an adult to help you with this because a lot of frames have glass in them.

Your puzzle picture is done and ready to give as a gift to Grandma. She will enjoy the memory of you and her doing the puzzle together every time she looks at it.

Activity

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A Walk With Grandpa and Grandma to the park

Walking is a wonderful activity to do with your Grandparents. It gets their muscles moving and makes their bones strong. Make sure you take some water along to keep hydrated and you could always ask to take a snack in case you , Grandpa or Grandma get hungry.

Things to do on a walk

  • Step over sidewalk cracks
  • Look for cool rocks
  • Collect pinecones or acorns
  • Do a photo scavenger hunt (click here for a scavenger hunt list)
  • Count cars and/or trucks that you see or pick a color of a vehicle (such as red) and count how many red vehicles you see.
  • If you run across sprinklers show Grandpa and Grandma how to avoid getting wet.

Things to do at a park

  • Play hide and seek (click here for how to play Hide And Seek )
  • Have Grandma push you in a swing then you push Grandma in a swing
  • Go down the slide backward then walk halfway up the slide (only do this on smaller slides, really tall slides can be dangerous)
  • Play Farmer Brown, Farmer Brown let me down on the teeter-totter, Grandma loves this game! (click here for how to play Farmer Brown)
  • Lay in the middle of the Merry-Go-Round and have Grandma or Grandpa push you.

Food

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Ice Cream Sandwich with sprinkles!

Click here for Ice Cream Sandwich instructions

Grandpa’s love Ice Cream and cookies and Grandma agrees that everything is better with sprinkles! Let’s combine ice cream and sprinkles into a super easy snack that you can use for Birthday parties, Holiday parties or just a yummy snack on a hot summer day.

” I scream, you scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream”