We pull up to Grammy and Cappy’s house, and aren’t the least bit surprised to find them standing in the driveway and welcoming us with a big wave. The car stops and before I know it they have a twin in each arm, chatting away and taking them inside their home.
I follow behind with Carrie Bradshaw (by now you know this is my dog), to find the highchairs have all been set up ready for the boys to have their dinner. A quick meal is served, nursery rhymes are sung, and in their highchairs they wait as the next activity is unveiled:
Homemade play dough!
Grammy delivers a big, fresh, homemade ball of dough to each boy on their worktops, with a plop!
Both boys light up with glee, as if they know the fun and magic that is install for them. Or perhaps they have heard the whisperings of the other grand kids who have sat in these seats before and been transported to a wonderful land of make believe and place that stretches the imagination.
You see Grammy and Cappy’s house is no ordinary house. It is filled with magical relics and items that can be used to entertain kids of all ages. But I think you have to have Grammy’s imagination and patience for it to work. On any day, Grammy will help you transform an Oatmeal box into a dragon or a help you make a gingerbread house out of a kitchen funnel and a shoe box. Grammy’s home is filled with magical thing-a-majigs that you or I would probably have tossed away, but it’s real purpose becomes evident in Grammy’s hands.
Grammy unpacks her tools: rollers, cookie cutters and little toy oven and the boys get to work, molding and flattening and cutting. Cappy lovingly helps Mason while Grammy mostly helps Cameron, but she flits between the two, making sure the activity is packed full of fun!
The great thing about this homemade play dough is that it’s extra soft and silky, easy to mold and if they put a little in their mouth it’s not the end of the world (although it’s not recommended!)
This was definitely one of my favorite visits. I never would have introduced play dough at 15 months and change, but the twins had a ball! Seeing them laugh, smile and explore was so rewarding for a mom. And seeing the special bond between the grandparents and grand kids was wonderful.
If you are wondering what made this event so magical, just take a look from the outside, it’s the soft lighting, the music you know is playing in the background, the happy smiles and the fact that it feels like we have been transported a little bit back in time.
Lucky for you Grammy said I could share her play dough recipe.
Grammy’s Play dough:
1 c. flour
2 T. cream of tartar
1 c. water
1 T. oil
Mix first 3 ingredients. Add last two. Heat until thick, stirring constantly. Store in airtight container or fridge.
Hope this brings some magic playtime to you!