Visiting the Grandparents Kit
When the kids aren’t in town, Gramps can store these art supplies and games in his garage.
- Giant Wonderfoam World Puzzle Mat. Your child’s first activity can be to piece together this foam map of the world, which can double as a carpet protector.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available, but find similar floor puzzles at csnstores.com.
- Paper-airplane book. The World Record Paper Airplane Book, by Ken Blackburn and Jeff Lammers, teaches kids how to fold and throw everything from biplanes to space shuttles.
To buy: $17, amazon.com.
- Arts-and-crafts materials. Raid the aisles of an office-supply store for colored pencils and paper, markers, foil stars, hole punches, brass fasteners, Post-it notes, scissors, tags, and pads.
- Design-your-own note cards. Guess what? Ordinary index cards fit just so into ordinary coin envelopes. Have kids mail daily doodles home.
To buy: Index cards, $2 for 100; coin envelopes, $24 for 500; staples.com.
- In-out clock. This simple storefront sign is a great time-teaching tool—and might be just the prop needed to instigate an afternoon session of Shopkeeper.
To buy: $6, officemax.com.