Self-published authors Maureen Goulet and Diana Burden have overcome the challenge of keeping grandchildren entertained.
Vancouver authors Goulet and Burden have come to the rescue with a collection of fun activities that “even the most craft-challenged” can enjoy.
The 64-page entertainment book entitled Granny Get Your Glue Gun was designed with easy-to-follow instructions for about 40 crafts, baking, games and creative activities for both grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy.
“It’s aimed at the grandparent market,” said Goulet Saturday morning during her book signing at Chapters bookstore in Thunder Bay.
“It’s actually aimed at the grandparent who didn’t stay home to raise their children and now they have grandchildren coming and they don’t know what to do with them.”
Goulet added that people are living longer, grandparents are more mobile and they’re spending more time with their grandchildren.
The activities and crafts throughout the book are simple and easy to follow, a comical quote is printed on each page to keep the grandparent amused while entertaining kids ages two to 12.
There’s a keep sake section at the front of the book where grandparents can put notes, and at the back there’s a page where they can write down cute things their grandchildren say.
“I wanted to get in on the aging baby-boomer market,” Goulet said. “I’m one myself, I don’t have any grandchildren yet, but I’m ready. I thought what would appeal and sell in the next ten to 15 years.”
Goulet and Burden took a lot of the ideas from their childhood hoping that people will remember these activities from when they were young.
“A lot of kids are having children much later in life and the time you get to spent with your grandchildren is even shorter than it used to be,” Goulet said.
“It’s important to instill some memories, values and time together.”