Greetings Friends! This week I've had the joy of entertaining my five year old grandson, who I affectionately refer to as Ginger Grand. GG and both of my daughters reside in Colorado--one difficult transition for this Texas Mom/Tahtee! Youngest Daughter had to return to work, but she brought GG fo stay for his first big boy visit without Mommy. We have had a blast and my house is going to feel awfully empty when his visit comes to a close in a few days. Like most little ones, GG is a bundle of energy so I planned ahead with a box of adventures for us to share together...
In anticipation of his visit, I gathered books, toys and craft activities and most of them were thrifted finds. I filled a large box I'd kept from an Amazon purchase...
.....and gave it an upcycle with a coat of chalkboard paint.
Next, I decorated it with a quote from Winnie the Pooh, using chalkboard stickers from my craft stash.
Each time we completed an adventure, we recorded it on the side of the box. I'm hoping to make Camp Tahtee an annual tradition and it will be fun to continue to add to our list of adventures.
Here's a few highlights:
I was thrilled when I learned that Bandera Natural History Museum was featuring a dinosaur exhibit opening the week Ginger Grand arrived. The dinosaur play stations alone are worth the price of admission and the dinosaurs were created by the same company that created those featured in Jurassic Park and Night at the Museum. How cool is that? GG loved it! The Grand Opening is July 2.
Ever since GG was a toddler, he has been infatuated with ladybugs. He's named my little red car The Ladybug and recently we've been learning about the tiny garden helpers. When I found the ladybug and butterfly crowns, I couldn't resist and they inspired a little garden party, complete with a build your own ice cream bar and crafts. The golf ball lady bugs were a joint effort. After painting them red, GG drew the dots and antennae and I painted the faces. I'm sending most of them home for him to use in his garden, but he hid several for me to find later ;)
Stay tuned--I have a few more of our craft projects to share that are the perfect kids' activities for the summer months!