Another one of our amazing, smart, funny, goofy, silly, adorable grands’ is having a birthday!!!
We try to find gifts that help the parents, not hinder their tough job. We still aim for gifts that are fun and silly for the kiddos. Sure, sure, we sometimes send “build your own planet” kits with paint & string and boy howdy, that was a messy job for the parents. However, on the whole, we try and think through what we give to the “littles” in our life.
While the parents gave us (much appreciated) gentle suggestions, I was left wondering, how on earth will they keep all those pieces in one place? Yesterday, while wrapping gifts, in place of wrapping paper, I sewed a drawstring bag. That way, once he opens the gift, the bag can be re-used as storage for all those pieces.
One of the gifts I made was a set of “Busy Bags”. While making the set for a birthday gift, I also made two other sets to give to the other grands as well. I ordered the zippered bags from amazon. I filled with things to occupy little minds & hands. While waiting in the car pool lane for sister to get out of school or waiting in a restaurant for their grilled cheese sammy to be served, this might help the arduous process of waiting.
You can find oodles of ideas and suggestions as to what you can fill the Busy Bags with on Pinterest.
I hope that they leave the Busy Bags in the car. Not a toy for in the house to loose pieces here and there. Just a special treat to use when out and about and in need of a distraction.
They could sew a lace around a fish or string a necklace. They could choose to make a bracelet out of pipe cleaners and pasta. Or they could choose to create something cool with Popsicle sticks with Velcro circles. (I bought the colorful craft sticks at the craft store and ordered the stick on Velcro circles from amazon) One of the Busy Bags contains Army men for the little guy in our life. To count or line up or whatever.
While we wish a million bits of goodness for a very Happy Birthday to Cooper, we also want to keep in mind that helping the parents keep track of those million bits will be a gift unto itself.
Being a parent is tough, tricky and exasperating. It is also fun, silly, happy and rewarding. We want to be in the category of grandparents who help the process, not create more mess.