today. It will be a long weekend - with the Senior Cat's great-grandchildren.
There are five of them. The eldest is not yet eight. The youngest is just two.
I am prepared. I have ammunition!
I prowled into the local "cheap" shop. You know the sort of place I mean. They sell all sorts of "junk" and left overs and rejects and just plain "cheap" stuff.
I rarely go there but they can be useful - for things like cheap cards and wrapping paper for children and glue sticks and plastic boxes and more.
This time I went hunting for paper bags - the big brown sort with handles. Ah...two packs of three.
I added five small packs of coloured pencils - in a useful container with a sharpener built into the top. Then I searched the colouring books. Most of them were dreadful but I did manage to find five four about a building site and another about emergency vehicles. I added a large blank book "for drawing in" and a small book of stickers with animal themes for each child.
I searched a little further and found some packs of coloured plastic plates, cups, bowls and cutlery. There were six different colours in each one...good. I made up a set for each child. There's even a spare!
Mmm...great aunt's privilege comes next - one small packet of "healthy" sultanas and two tiny packets of less healthy Maltesers - left over from Halloween. I'll add some biscuits to the "snack pack" today. They can leave the crumbs in the cars they are hiring to get them around.
There's a big pile of picture books ready for reading. There's chalk to go and draw on the driveway. (That washes off again.)
What else do I need?
Will it keep them occupied for ten minutes?
Taking them to the adventure playground tomorrow seems like a good idea...and it won't be me who does that!