My ambition was that all the play things don’t cost anything or very little, and to find things that most people have in the house. Children tend to have just as much fun with every-day objects as with expensive toys bought in a toy shop. Furthermore, home-made toys and objects from around the house offer unlimited possibilities for imagination, whereas many bought toys are very limited in their use.
This playbook is intended for toddlers and children up to about six years of age. Actually, it is really intended for all the other grannies and granddads…
Two years ago, I became a granny. In other words, I am a two year old granny. When Ella comes for a visit, we eat biscuits and drink orange juice; we scribble on paper or go for a little walk. Sometimes we also play the keyboard together, but more so, we watch TV. And I let her, because I can’t offer her many alternatives. I realised that I had forgotten how to entertain small children.
But I really don’t want the television, DVD player and computer to take over my granny duties. I want Ella to have a real granny, someone who talks and listens to her, a granny who reads stories and sings songs, draws pictures and most of all plays with her.
I want to be a really cool granny who has lots of ideas of how to spend time together. I know that sitting down on the floor and playing opens the pathway to heart of the little ones. I had an auntie like that when I was small and I loved her all my life.