Creative ideas for Grandparents in lockdown
Over the past few weeks and months we’ve seen lots of talk about how to keep children amused whilst social distancing. But what about their grandparents? What creative ideas for grandparents in lockdown could there be?
Since March 23rd 2.2 million vulnerable people in the UK have been shielded from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many families have been unable to see each other in person. The large majority of the shielded group are grandparents who have been asking the government for weeks “when can I hug my grandchildren again?”
Finally the government have provided the answer as yesterday they announced shielding to stop at the end of July.
In March my father was given the all clear after receiving months of treatment for prostate cancer.
Five days later he sent me this email;
I have received a text tonight informing me I am subject to high risk.
I have to do the 12 week stay at home bit and stay 3 steps away from mum and not leave home.
That was March 23rd, two days after we closed the studio and the beginning of my new world of homeschooling, searching for toilet roll and hearing the words “daddy come play with me” repeated over and over again.
Over the next couple of weeks my dad started emailing photos he’d taken of newspaper stories, links to Martin Lewis articles and texts with photos of hoarded objects from my childhood asking “do you want this?”
Clearly he had too much time on his hands and was most likely to become the victim of an email scam (again) any day now.
On the anniversary of week two of shielding he sent me and my sister the following email;
Good Afternoon both,
Hope things are all OK.
2nd week anniversary tomorrow for me!
I have accumulated quite a few cardboard boxes all of varying sizes from small cubes to big ones.
Have either of you got any use for them. If not, they are going in the paper bin.
My reply was short;
Build a fort and take a picture please.
He obliged, and my mum even got in on the action by building a cardboard boat.
My five year old daughter found this rather amusing.
I posted the picture to Facebook and carried on with homeschooling.
It’s a wonderful thing spending so much time with your children as they reveal so much about themselves. This was about the time my daughter told me that a week earlier she dropped my toothbrush in the toilet.
The bit I enjoyed most about Year 1 homeschooling were the creative elements.
One optional extra to maths, English, French and everything else was a project to make a butterfly from things you can find in the garden.
I was rather proud of the butterfly we/I created so in my search for praise I sent my mum a picture.
My mum, taking a break from her eighteenth jigsaw, sent a picture of her own creation.
Then my daughter had an idea;
“I want nanny and grandad to dress up like butterflies”
We sent the request, and this was the outcome.
The birth of Creative ideas for Grandparents in lockdown
My parents weirdness spurred us on to give them another creative challenge to complete. I gave it a name, Creative grandparents on lockdown.
The following day was St. George’s day so clearly they needed to dress up like a Knight.
The next day my mum sent me the following text
Thanks. I couldn’t stop laughing thinking about picture of Dad yesterday x. I have never laughed so much xx
Clearly this needed to continue and so began Creative Ideas for Grandparents in lockdown.
Since we have completed Creative grandparents on lockdown the Sutton Guardian have shared a few of the images on their Facebook Page.