– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
A few years ago, Pops and I gave our grandkids birdhouses, one for each family. Although we had thought that the kids would like them, we were surprised by how very excited they were to decorate them.
Now, they weren’t just ordinary birdhouses—they were designed for children to custom decorate with outdoor paints. (I purchased the birdhouse kits, complete with paints, from our local Knowledge Tree.) Our out-of-town grandkids decorated their birdhouse at Pops’ and my house, while the local grands decorated theirs a day or so later at their house.
You may want to decorate a birdhouse with your kids or grandchildren, or mail one to grandkids who live out-of-town. Doing this can provide hours of fun and open up ongoing conversation. And the library is filled with lots of books about our feathery friends.
You and the kids could also google “birds” to find all sorts of information and activities. Here are just a few possibilities:
Just color the critters (National Audubon Society—just for kids)
Birds of America (you can search by state—National Audubon Society)
Birds (National Geographic for Kids)
Have you and your kids or grandkids made a birdhouse together? Do you have any tips for us?
Photo and post © 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Discover some creative ideas, listed by month, that can help you connect with your kids or grandkids. Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart by Nancy Downing and Mary May Larmoyeux.