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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Bowling, Anyone?

Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a small plastic bowling set at Wal-Mart for just $5. It's perfect for kids four and under. Pops and I just happen to know and love quite a few little ones who fit into that category.

Our almost two-year-old grandson loves the new bowling set. Now when he comes to see Nana and Pops, he walks up to me with outstretched arms, looks up with his big blue eyes, and pleads, "Bowl?" It's easy to say "yes," because all I have to do is put up a baby gate to keep the ball in a narrow hallway turned bowling alley. Someone taught our little grandson to sit down when he bowls, and that makes it even better. He and I line up the pins and he sits down and rolls the ball. When they fall down he is overjoyed.

Years ago, Pops and I didn't have a plastic bowling set, and the kids used plastic bottles and a plastic ball for a homemade version. It worked great!

If you have older grands, you may want to take them to an actual bowling alley and enjoy a game or two with them. What about our long-distance grands? We could mail them some money for some special time "in the alley." We might even want to go bowling in our hometown at the same time that they'll do this where they live. Wouldn't it would be fun to call one another by cell phone when we are actually bowling!

Do you have any special memories about bowling with your grandkids? Any bowling tips?

Hope to see you "in the alley!"

Have a great weekend
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I’ll use this idea with the out of town grandchildren. My only tip is to “be sure to let go of the ball!" :) Blessngs, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, your tip made me smile! Good to hear from you! - Mary

Sharon Ball said...

I have so many fond memories of family bowling outings. Bowling is used to be an expensive way to have a nice night out and spend time together, but now even that has gone up. I'm glad you found a way to share bowling fun with your grandchildren.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Sharon. Thanks for sharing!