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DD (4.5) will be the only child at Thanksgiving, without about 15 adults, 10 of whom are in their 70's. I'll bring some coloring books for her but am wondering if anyone has any fun ideas for a special craft or something she could do?
 

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My children's current favourite "not so messy" crafts are threading O cereal onto clean shoelaces to make edible necklaces and anything involving stickers. Pipe cleaners are popular too.<br><br>
If you are able to tolerate a bit of mess then maybe take some playdough. I like to add glitter for special occasions.
 

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Why not bring some thing she can do <i>with</i> all those 70 yo. How about a nice big puzzle that they can all take turn sitting with her and doing. Maybe bring some books with nice big print (anything with too small print make my dad squint) for them to read to her. Even just simple toys like a telephone she could "call" each of them on and have a conversation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Older people often had children of their own and now enjoy playing with grandkid (grand-nieces, random very young children.) They have more patients for it too, since they only do it a few times a year, and not day after day like us parents.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why not bring some thing she can do <i>with</i> all those 70 yo. How about a nice big puzzle that they can all take turn sitting with her and doing. Maybe bring some books with nice big print (anything with too small print make my dad squint) for them to read to her. Even just simple toys like a telephone she could "call" each of them on and have a conversation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Older people often had children of their own and now enjoy playing with grandkid (grand-nieces, random very young children.) They have more patients for it too, since they only do it a few times a year, and not day after day like us parents.</div>
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That's a good idea. I'm bummed our video camera is broken because my husband has been wanting to interview Grandma for a while (she is 92) and this would be a good occasion.<br><br>
They all do like to play with her, and books and puzzles would be good as some are quite elderly and infirm with limited mobility.
 

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We could probably go for a walk. We'll be in an adult community but they do have a little backyard.
 

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My MIL is 83 and she has amazing patience to sit and play board games with my crew. So maybe there is a board game or two that your DD likes to play that you could bring? I have a game bag that I take with us that I keep travel versions of some favorites, like Guess Who and Connect Four. Also maybe a new small toy that you could give her that day?
 

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Wiki Sticks could be another crafty option. She could twist them into different shapes and stick them to paper and maybe get some of the other folks there to join in with her. You said there was a small backyard, is there a concrete patio in it? Would the home's owner mind if you brought along some sidewalk chalk to draw on the patio with? You could wash it off before you left.
 

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If the host/ess isn't a stickler for perfection, you could ask if your dd could be involved in setting the table and getting a few things ready for the dinner as well. Putting rolls in a basket. Putting a napkin at each place setting. That kind of thing. She could make a centerpiece or something. My mom cuts the top out of a small pumpkin each year and uses it to hold a floral arrangement (not sure if she puts a separate vase inside). Maybe something like that?
 

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We're actually planning a hike in the woods for just the 5 of us before we head over to my sister's on Thurs. I think it will be nice to have an activity for just us that day and will also burn off a little bit of the little boy energy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I think it would really help to have a chance to be outside to move and be loud, either before or during or both.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My MIL is 83 and she has amazing patience to sit and play board games with my crew. So maybe there is a board game or two that your DD likes to play that you could bring? I have a game bag that I take with us that I keep travel versions of some favorites, like Guess Who and Connect Four. Also maybe a new small toy that you could give her that day?</div>
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My Grandma LOVES to play board games and card games with my kiddos. Good idea!
 

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DS likes pipe cleaners and LOVES anyone who is willing to craft him a herd of animals.
 
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