If only ALL places were this Magical!


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!

Play Dough Ball for Cameron

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.

Grammy and Cameron

Cappy and Mason

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.

A look from the outside...

Lucky for you Grammy said I could share her play dough recipe.

Grammy’s Play dough:

1/2 c.salt

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!

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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17 Responses to If only ALL places were this Magical!

  1. Momfever says:

    Sounds like your kids really lucked out with their grandparents!

  2. Wow, what a flashback. I just remembered how my grandparents always had a drawer in their coffee table filled with little trinkets to play with. There was also always a Bounty bar. It never occurred to me to wonder how a fresh bar got their each time. Nothing like a visit to gramma and grampa’s house.
    Great post.

  3. Christina says:

    Aww, how sweet!! Your twins are very lucky to have such amazing grandparents! I love, love, love the picture from the outside :)

  4. What a great post and great pictures!! I loved this! I have some lovely memories of my grandparents but did not really have close contact with them because everyone was scattered all over the country. My kids on the other hand live only 5 minutes from my parents and 30 min from my father-in-law. They have magical visits and love spending time with their grandparents. It really is a wonderful blessing to get to see our children and our own parents and grandparents isn’t it!! So glad you all had a wonderful time! The smiles on the boys faces say it all! Thanks again for a great post!!

  5. Sista says:

    What a fantastic visit!! Well I’m 35 and think visits to Grammy & Cappy are magical :0) ok ok ok I’m a REALLY big kid at heart! Photos are so great thanks for sharing. X

  6. Becky Jane says:

    Magical post my dear! Grandmas home should always be such a place! I hope my grandkids find it magical when they come to visit me! I’m surprised your twins didn’t want to eat the play dough! The picture looking through the window is priceless…a glimpse into happiness!

  7. Heather Scherf says:

    Never too young or too old for play-dough! :0 Glad to see the updates of your boys! Nice photo of the outside–you really caught them in the moment 😉

  8. molly mae says:

    Simply magical!

  9. Cynthia says:

    This reminds me of me of my grandparents and brought a moment of nostalgia. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I’m gone totally going to try the homemade play dough. I’m home with my boy all week because I needed a break from work. Can’t wait!

  10. Loved this post family is priceless! So often we are told that we need to buy this and that for our children but it truly is the simple things that have the most value. Memories of Grammy and Cappy will be treasures your boys can store up forever!

  11. What a sweetie Grandma. Your children are truly blessed! I love how she turns ordinary things into extraordinary moments you’ll never forget!

  12. I want to visit Grammy and Cappy’s home too! :)

  13. michelle says:

    I love it! What a magical place, indeed! Looks like everyone had a great time. Hope you have a great Wednesday!

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