What to do?

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 18th, 2012 12 Replies

I picked Amara up from school the other day. It was early out and I thought we could have a few hours to play together and then I would take her to Tai Kwon Do (I love going and watching her Tai Kwon Do classes!) and afterwards I would take her home. All of this would give us some fun time together and Mommy would get a few hours to herself.

I really thought when she got here that she would immediately want to go out and play on the Slip and Slide. She did not! I think the problem was that it was so hot out that she did not want to leave the comfort of the airconditioned house once she got inside!

So we were left with the age old question of What to Do? I rattled off a few ideas from our craft print outs and the sticky note but nothing seemed to interest her so we went in her room to just kind of look around. She saw her penpal box and sighed that she wished she would get a letter from her penpal. I told her there was no need to wait. She could write to her anytime, she didn’t have to wait to get a letter first. So it was decided. This was what she wanted to do. She took her penpal box out to the table where it would be easier to write and started pulling things out of it.

Amara and her Stationary - Christmas 2011

One of the things was her manilla envelope of personalized stationary that Aunt Sandy had made her for Christmas last year. She had made both Amara and her cousin a set of the stationary in an effort to encourage them to continue to be penpals. Each sheet is different and each sheet has their name and is lined. It is so cute. Amara went through the envelope looking at each sheet trying to decide which one to use. This was an important decission.

Letter to Penpal

She came to the one that had puzzle pieces along the bottom and that was it! She would use the puzzle paper and she would also make one of those tongue depressor puzzles to send with it! This was one of the ideas she had passed on earlier when we reviewed the sticky note. I had seen it over at Gramerly’s blog and I knew we would get to it eventually! All you needed to do was put masking tape on the back of the tongue depressors and then draw a picture or write a note. Take the tape off and you have an instant puzzle.

Amara creates her tongue depressor puzzle

She had fun writing her letter. She had fun making her puzzle! She even had me take off the tape and scramble it so that she could try and put it together! Quality Check! We sure hope her Cousin liked getting it as much as she liked making it! Check out the marker on Amara’s hands!

Amara and her puzzle

Of course by the time the letter was written and the puzzle was made she had thoroughly cooled off and yes, we did have just enough time to play on the Slip and Slide before Tai Kwon Do class. It was a great afternoon.

12 thoughts on “What to do?

  1. Joyce

    What a great idea to have COUSINS be pen pals! People don’t often think of that for family members. But, it encourages writing skills, creativity, and family closeness….all demonstrated here by Amara, Aunt Sandy and Grandma Kc!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I actually think the puzzle idea would be cute for grandmas to make and mail to their grandchildren! I bet they would love it!

  2. Sandy

    I’m so glad she likes her personalized stationary! I had SO much fun making it for both of the girls! I love the tongue depressor puzzle idea! I can’t wait for Kendal to get her next letter!! She will be so excited!! xoxo

  3. Kimberly

    Hurrah for every one big and small that keep personal writing alive. How wonderful. Glad you enjoyed the puzzle making. How is school going for our Little Missy?

  4. Maggie

    Just discovered your website today! I’ve just joined the grandma world…wow, I didn’t realize it would be this special. Amara seems like such a sweetie. She’s very lucky to have the two of you so close. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your site : )

  5. Susan Adcox

    I remember having a couple of pen pals when I was a kid! Children’s magazines used to print lists in the back, and you could choose one to write to. (No one would dare do that today.) But my pen pals were never as enthusiastic about writing as I was. Sad face!

  6. Nicole Robinson

    You guys score major points for doing something creative instead of just flopping in front of the TV for a few hours. I love the tongue depressor puzzle idea. That’s going on my list.


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