Saturday, April 30, 2011

Problem Solving

Going through a dog door is no easy task, as I learned watching Jude deal with the problem.  His first decision was to assess the height and width of the opening from the outside.  Once he convinced himself that he could fit, he proceeded to push his way in, with no hands, of course.  Looking back at his accomplishment gave him great satisfaction, and that I believe is why he had to try it ten more times!  Poor dog, had to wait his turn!
"Nothing can take the place of persistence." (Calvin Coolidge)
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with my problems longer." (Albert Einstein)
Bubbie and Jude
P.S. How do your grandchildren deal with their problems?
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Music Does A Body Good

"Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly):
  • do better in reading and math when they start school
  • are better able to focus and control their bodies
  • play better with others and have higher self-esteem"
So glad to learn the stats because it makes Jude's playing a lot easier to listen to.  When he gets into his musical interludes now, it's  music to my ears!  (Although, I think the cats and dog would strongly disagree with me!)

Music does a body good,
Bubbie and Jude
P.S. Have you any experiences to share regarding children and music?

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

When I was a teen we used to play, "How many kids can squish into a Volkswagon Beetle at one time?"  Today as a grandmom the game of the day was, "How many toddlers can we get to sit still long enough, to snap one picture?"  I'm proud to announce that it only took six adults, and many clicks on two cameras to come up with this miraculous shot! Not bad though, if you consider the amount of treats these sweeties just finished off during and after their Egg Hunt.  
Nap time for all!
Happy Easter,
Bubbie and Jude
P.S. Have any cute pics of your cuties?  Send them in. Happy to show them off! (Send jpg's to
P.S.S. Any tips on picture taking (toddlers)?
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Good Times With Toddlers

I've enjoyed watching Jude play with his maze for months, but he's now taken it to an exciting new level. Ladies and Gentleman, we now have sound!  (This must be what audiences felt like when "talkies" were introduced.)  He's stepped into the world of make-believe. As he moves the threaded, wooden pieces along the loop-d-loop wired paths, he changes his sounds as his adventures unfold in his imagination.
Can't wait to see and hear what tomorrow will bring!
Toddlers are too cute,
Bubbie and Jude
P.S.  How do you, or have you had fun with your toddler?
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Birthday Parties!

There's not a whole lot that can top a "bounce house" for a two year old's birthday party. (Not in Jude's mind, anyway.)  As long as you have a big enough back yard, or a park to set them up are good to go!  These outdoor playgyms are incredibly fun for the kids, as well as the few brave adults pulled in by their apprehensive toddlers. Closest thing to this that I got to do as a kid was to bounce on the sofa or bed.  And we didn't have the encouragement of our parents standing by, cheering us on.  It was more like, "if I catch you jumping on that sofa one more time.........!"(you know the rest).  Ahh, the good "new" days!
Happy Birthday, Jude!
P.S. What have your grandkids most enjoyed doing for their birthday parties?
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wooden Puzzles

I think I love wooden puzzles as much as Jude does!  He can sit quietly with them for at least ten minutes now.  Not only do they help develop cognitive learning and fine motor skills, but they don't require batteries.  No batteries!  I can actually hear us talk during this play.  There's no repetitive noises!  I'm not running around trying to pull batteries out of another toy, just to replace it in the "no longer able to play" toy. Wooden puzzles are the best!  
Quiet play rules,
Bubbie and Jude
P.S.  Any suggestions for your favorite wooden puzzles for our little ones?

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