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4th of July Postcards

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The 4th of July is only a few weeks off.  I shall not be with my grandchildren that day so I am going to send to their mailboxes 4th of July postcards.

These postcards come from my favorite source of cards:

Fourth of July Facts

On each card I’ll include a historical fact about the 4th of July or the American flag.  I’ll pick something that will interest each child from these random bits of information.

On July 4, 1776, the United States was born.  We celebrate its birthday each year as the 4th of July with parades, picnic, speeches and fireworks.

In 1776 the new nation of the United States was comprised of 13 states or colonies.  The population of all 13 states put together was 2.5 million.  At the census in 2010 the population of the city of Chicago was about 2.5 million.  Imagine all the people living in Chicago spread out among the 13 states.  They weren’t very crowded.

The American flag has a star for every state.  The first flag sewn by Betsy Ross had 13 stars – one for each state.  When a state joined the union (the United States), another star was added and a new flag came into being.  Illinois became the 21st state in 1818.  In 1819 the new flags had 21 stars.  Missouri became the 24th state in 1821.  The United States needed another new flag – one that would have 24 stars.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the leaders of the new United States, wanted the wild turkey to be  named the national bird.  However, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams voted against the turkey.  They suggested the bald eagle.  The bald eagle became the national bird of the United States.

Fourth of July Riddles

Whenever my grandchildren receive a post card from me, they expect to see a riddle on it.  I have some riddles and will put one on each child’s post card.

Why did the duck say “bang?”  He was a firequacker.

What did one flag say to the other?  Nothing.  It just waved.

What’s red, white, blue and green?  A patriotic pickle.

Why did the British soldiers wear red coats?  To hide among the  tomato plants.

Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox.  Next week is recipe day.  I decided that I wanted to bake some 4th of July cookies for my grandchildren.  Stop by to see how they turned out and get a copy of the recipe.  See you again soon.



March brings…

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Spring – Your weather forecaster on TV has been telling you that Spring began on March 1.   That is the first day of meteorological spring.  The majority of us say that Spring begins on March 20, the date of the Vernal Equinox.

Spring Training – Our favorite baseball teams (professional and college) are training and warming up in Florida and Arizona and other warm states to prepare for their seasons.  The major league baseball season will get an early start this year with a series beginning on March 28 between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics in Toyko.

March Madness –  The end of basketball season with tournaments for high school and college teams.  The term March Madness was first used by Henry V.  Porter in 1939 to describe the excitement in the Illinois State Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Ides of March – Well, perhaps most people don’t think of the Ides of March.  I do since I was a Latin teacher.  March 15 is the Ides of March, the day when Julius Caesar heard the warning from the soothsayer, “Beware the Ides of March.”   This was the day that Caesar was stabbed and killed by those fearing his rising power base.

March 24 – National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day   I just threw that one in.  I am not a fan of chocolate covered raisins, but I saw this in a list of “special” days in the month of March, and it made me smile so I thought that I would include it.

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day  This is the event we all think of in March.  Of course, I’ll be sending something to my grandchildren’s mailboxes.

Postcards again.  These postcards are from my favorite source


On each card I’ll include a “fun fact” about St. Patrick’s Day such as these:

No wild snakes live in Ireland.

The Irish flag has 3 vertical stripes green, white, and orange.

The country of Ireland is about the same size as the state of West Virginia.

The Guinness Book of World Records states that the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.  I have a difficult time finding the 4 leaf ones.

Of course, you all know that this grandma sends riddles.

What is a nuchcerpel?   Leprechaun spelled backwards.

What happens when a leprechaun falls in the river?  He gets wet.

Why did the elephant wear red sneakers on St. Patrick’s Day?  His green ones were dirty.

Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?  They are always wearing green.

Why did the leprechaun cross the road?  To get to the pot of gold.

Knock knock.  Who’s there?  Irish?  Irish who?  Irish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

These riddles came from a great source of ideas and crafts for children

Thank you for visiting Grandma in the Mailbox.  Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, or soda bread or Irish stew or your favorite traditional food on St. Paddy’s Day.   And I hope that no one pinches you for not wearing green.

Please stop by for another visit.  I’ll be talking about my Granddaughter/Grandmother book clubs.  Such fun.



100th Day of School

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Classrooms everywhere are counting the days.  Kindergarten students are looking at that big number get bigger each day.   Teachers are making plans for the “big day.”

The 100th Day of School is celebrated widely in classrooms throughout the United States and Canada.  It is a milestone that marks the half way point in the school year – 100 days of class are over.  Classes have fun with the number 100 – collecting, reading, stacking, or even eating 100 items.

In my blog of January 29, 2011, you can find some books on the 100th Day of School to share with your grandchildren and also some of the fun projects they might be doing in their classrooms.

One set of my grandchildren has told me that their 100th Day of School will be January 26; the other will celebrate 100 days on January 31.  Of course, a snow day means a change in the day of the big finale.  Last year one day had to be changed twice because we had a snowy winter.

To let my grandchildren know that I am celebrating this big accomplishment along with them, even though we are miles apart, I am sending them 100th Day of School postcards to their mailboxes.

These came from

And, of course, I’ll add some riddles to the cards.

Why did the teacher wear sunglasses?  The class was so bright.

When is the moon the heaviest?  When it is full.

What is the shortest month?  May – it only has 3 letters.

What does the sun drink out of?  Sunglasses.

What kind of ball doesn’t bounce?  A snowball

What is red, white, blue, and yellow?  The star-spangled banana

What is a sleeping bull called?  A bulldozer

Where do snowmen go to dance?  Snowballs

My 6 year old grandson who lives 20 minutes away wrote me a letter today with a really funny riddle that I’ll add to the mix.   Why did the cow cross the road?  To get to the moovie theater.

These riddles (except for my grandson’s) came from  This website offers 100th Day of School items for sale.  These riddles are part of a booklet of 100 riddles that can be enjoyed during the 100th Day of School celebration.

Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox.  Next week I’ll show you the Valentine decorations that grace my house thanks to my grandchildren.  I hope you’ll stop back again.

Thanksgiving Postcards in the Mailbox

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Soon it will be Thanksgiving.  Time to cuddle up with grandchildren to read Thanksgiving stories and also to send postcards to their mailboxes.

We do have some favorite Thanksgiving stories that we like to read together.  “The Night Before Thanksgiving” by Natasha Wing, ” A Plump and Perky Turkey” by Teresa Bateman, “Give Thanks” by Jan and Mike Berenstain, and “Arthur’s Thanksgiving” by Marc Brown.

Recently my grandson who lives 20 minutes away spent the afternoon with me.  We stirred up a batch of “mix” (see recipes – July 19) and settled down on the sofa to read these books.

If you have visited in the past, you know that I send postcards to my grandchildren at holidays.  The postcards that I am sending for Thanksgiving came from, my favorite source of postcards.  I selected these to send.

After searching for riddles for the cards, I found some  really good ones at  There were many cute and funny ones.  Deciding which to use will be a challenge.

Why did the turkey cross the road?  It was the chicken’s day off.

What are unhappy cranberries called?  Blueberries.

Which side of a turkey has the most feathers?  The outside.

What is orange and falls off walls?  Humpty Pumpkin.

Why did the turkey eat his food in a hurry?  He was a gobbler.

How do you make a turkey float?  You need two scoops of ice cream, root beer, and a turkey.

Can a turkey jump higher than the St. Louis Arch?  Yes, the Arch can’t jump at all.

How many cranberries grow on a bush?  All of them.

What sound does a turkey’s phone make?  Wing, wing.

How are teddy bears like turkeys?  They both have stuffing.

Why did they let the turkey join the band?  He had drumsticks.

I know a drummer that the last riddle will be perfect for.

I’ll write two riddles on each postcard and they will be ready to send off in a few days to arrive at the homes of my grandchildren before Thanksgiving.

Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox.  Soon I’ll show you the birthday cake that is under construction for my grandson.  I hope you stop back to see it.

Halloween Postcards in the Mailbox

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Halloween is coming soon.  My grandchildren who live 20 minutes away have stopped by to decorate for the holiday.  They dressed the cat. (Not the real one)

I had cut out some ghosts and some pumpkins for them to decorate.  My granddaughter’s ghost had on a winter cap, boots, jeans, and a Carhartt jacket when she finished with the felt pens.  She said, “Grandma, sometimes it is really cold at Halloween.”  My grandson had a picture of pumpkins.  Two were jack o’lanterns that he said were his mommy and daddy.  Then he drew two square pumpkins to represent him and his sister.  He said that they are just like Spookley, the square pumpkin.

Do you know Spookley?  One of our favorite Halloween books is The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin by Joe Trioano.

After my grandchildren finished their decorations, we gathered on the sofa for snacks and some early Halloween stories.

My favorite is Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.  Poor Rebecca Estelle didn’t like pumpkins, but she had a yard full.  I always get hungry for pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread when we read this book.  In addition to the books pictured we like to read Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathan London, T-Rex Trick-or-Treat by Lois G. Gorambling, and Max’s Halloween by Rosemary Wells.

We were not together long enough that day to watch any Halloween videos.  There are several that we think are fun to watch together.  Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit, Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special and Max and Ruby:  Perfect Pumpkin  are among our favorites.  When the children were fans of Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine and Angelina we would watch Halloween Spooktacular.   This video had Halloween cartoons about all their favorites.

Two years ago when I went out to spend the evening with my grandchildren I took along Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie.  My grandson had so liked Pooh’s Heffalump Movie that I thought he  would like to see Lumpy at Halloween.  Wrong!  The poor little guy was terrified.  He sat on my lap during the entire movie hiding his eyes during the majority of it.  He wanted to “watch” the entire movie.  When it was over, he said, “Grandma, please don’t bring this back until I am older.”  I asked when he would be older.  He looked at me and said very seriously, “12.”  Well, older has arrived.  He will be 6 in November, but has asked me if I would please bring Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie back.  He knows that he won’t be scared this time.

I shall be sending Halloween postcards to all my grandchildren with some riddles on them.  I purchased these cards at

I have selected some riddles from a book I found at our library, Spooky Creature Riddles, by Janet Nuzum Myers.

Why are spiders good at baseball?  They know how to catch flies.

Why do spiders eat corn?  So they can make cobwebs.

Why did the black cat order a computer?  She heard it came with a mouse.

What stories do black cats read to their kittens?  Furry tales.

What do you call a witch on the beach?  A sand-wich.

What do you call two witches sharing a house?  Broom-mates.

What has four legs and flies?  Two witches on a broom

I’ll write two riddles on each postcard and put them into the mailbox to travel to the mailboxes of my grandchildren for Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by.  In 2010 when the United States was conducting a census, I talked to my grandchildren about the census.  Then we had our own census.  Please stop back to learn all about it.

Back to school postcards

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Summer is winding down.  You can hear the cicadas at night.  Soon the wooly worms will start crossing the road.

My grandchildren are picking out back packs and lunch kits as they look forward to the start of school in a few weeks.

I decided this was a great time to send some postcards with riddles to my grandchildren.

One granddaughter will be in 3rd grade; the other will be in second grade.  Both grandsons will be entering kindergarten.

These postcards are from my favorite source of postcards

I searched the internet for riddles or jokes to put on the cards I was sending.  I decided to use elephants jokes from

Why did Ellen the elephant wear pink tennis shoes to school?  The white ones get dirty too fast.

How do you tell an elephant from a grape?  A grape is purple.

Why are elephants colored gray?  So you can tell them from cardinals.

What did the banana say to the elephant?  Nothing.  Bananas can’t talk, silly.

Why do elephants float down the river on their backs?  So they don’t get their tennis shoes wet.

How can you tell if an elephant’s been in the refrigerator?  By the footprints in the pizza.

I love elephant jokes.  I hope my grandchildren do also.

I’ll write a joke or two on each card along with a greeting, and the postcards will be ready to go into the mailbox so my grandchildren can receive them before the first day of school.

Thanks for visiting Grandma in the Mailbox.  My grandchildren and I have found an author that we just love.  I’ll tell you about the books in a few days.

4th of July in the Mailbox

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I shall not be with any of my grandchildren on the 4th of July so I am sending something to their mailboxes.   I do not happen to have 4th of July postcards so I am sending each one of them a packet of some puzzles with 4th of July themes.  They can work on these while they are waiting to go to the parade or waiting for the fireworks to begin.

This is the cover for the packets of puzzles.  Yes, there is a riddle.  I do like the riddles.

This is the packet that I’ll send to my 8 year old granddaughter.  It has a picnic word search, a picture to color and a word scramble of the 13 original colonies.   This granddaughter has a map of the US on her bedroom wall.  She knows the states and capitals.  She likes to quiz me on them when we play school at her house.

This is the packet for my 7 year old granddaughter.  She has a 4th of July word search, a picture to color, and  a simple 4th of July crossword puzzle.  I think she will really like the crossword puzzle.

This is the packet of worksheets for my two 5 year old grandsons.  They both love mazes so they have one here in which they help Teddy get to the picnic.  They also have a simpler picture to color and a 4th of July word search.

I spent hours on the internet looking at puzzles and pictures to include in these  packets.  I always give credit to those who did this work and helped me out.

Word Search puzzles came from and

Pictures to color came from

The mazes came from

The Colonies Word Scramble came from

Now I’ll put them in envelopes – big envelopes so the worksheets aren’t folded and they’ll be ready to put into the mailboxes to reach my grandchildren a few days before the 4th of July.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope that you enjoy celebrating America’s birthday with family and friends.

New Address – New Mailbox

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

My grandchildren who live 3 hours away have just moved to a new address.  I know they will be checking the mailbox daily as they did where they used to live.  I am going to send them  postcards so they will know that the postal service and grandma have found their new address and their new mailbox.

Since they both like dinosaurs, I have selected a couple of dino postcards from the cards that I ordered last winter.  My granddaughter plays softball so she will get the dino slugger.  My grandson will receive the triceratops crossing card.

Of course, there will be riddles – dinosaur riddles.  These riddles came from

That’s quite a URL, isn’t it?

1.  How do you tell if there is an Allosaurus in your bed?  By the Big red A on his pajamas.

2.  How can you tell if there is a Stegosaurus in your refrigerator?  The door won’t close.

3.  What dinosaurs could jump higher than a house?  All of them.  Houses can’t jump.

4.  What happened when the Brachiosaurus took the train home?   He had to take it back.

5.  Tom:  I lost my pet Iguanodon.  Joe:  Why don’t you put an ad in the newspaper?  Tom:  What good would that do?  He can’t read.

Some questions about their new rooms and a couple of riddles, and the cards will be ready to drop into the mailbox.

Thanks for stopping by.  In my last post I mentioned a 4th July in the mailbox mailing.  I promise that I’ll post it in a few days – worksheets and riddles for the grandchidren for the 4th of July.

Thank you postcards in the mailbox

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I just celebrated my birthday.  No, I didn’t make myself a birthday cake with buttercream frosting.  My son made strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream.  It was so-oo good.

My 8 year old granddaughter who lives 3 hours away sent jokes in the birthday card that she made for me.  She said, “Now I have some jokes for YOU.”  Here they are:

Why did the Roman chicken cross the road?     She wasn’t afraid someone would Caesar.  (Perfect for a grandma who taught Latin.)

Why did the apatosaurus (fka brontosaurus) eat the factory?     She was a plant eater.

For my birthday the children and their parents gave me wonderful gifts to use in my garden and yard.

Do you recall how difficult it was to get your children to sit down and write thank you notes after a birthday or Christmas?  I try to set an example for my grandchildren by sending them thank you notes for gifts.

I’ll send each grandchild a thank you and a “grandma fact” on one of these postcards from

Are you puzzled about “grandma fact?”  It is a quick tidbit about my life that they don’t know such as:  When I was your age, there were 48 states in the United States, not 50.  For the 5 year old boys – When I was your age, I was really scared of caterpillars.  When I saw one, I would cry and run into the house.”  When I was little, I had a cat that I named “Potato Salad.”  A chance for the children to learn a little something about grandma.

All ready to go into the mailbox.

Thanks for stopping by.

Easter in the Mailbox

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Easter is coming in a few weeks.  Easter is a time for bunnies, egg hunts, family times and church.  When I spend time with my grandchildren at the holiday, we like to read some Easter picture books while we have snacks.  Here are some of our favorites.

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The Easter Bunny that Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrick  I asked my grandson and granddaughter the other day if they remembered this book.  They both eagerly pitched in to tell me what happens in the book.  Obviously a favorite for them.

Queen of Easter by Mary Engelbriet  My granddaughter loves this one.  It is another story about Anne Estelle.

Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail by Lois G. Grambling   Any grandchild who likes dinosaurs will enjoy of this story of T. Rex substituting for the Easter Bunny.

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing – Patterned after Clement Moore’s Night Before Christmas   A fun read.

Check out    This is a terrific website that offers a 21 page booklet of Easter games that can be downloaded, printed, and shared.  It would be perfect to use with your grandchildren when you are together or if you are sending them greetings. 

You will find Easter games: bowling, bingo, hot egg toss and relay races.  There is also an Easter Tic Tac Toe board to print.  The Easter word sudoku 4X4 would be fun for first graders.  There is an Easter math sheet for older children.  You’ll also find instructions for crafts – making cards, wreaths, trees.  And some yummy and easy recipes.  I have picked out some fun activities to do with grandchildren and some to send along to the grandchildren I’ll not be spending time with at Easter.

Riddles -

Of course, I must have some riddles and jokes about the Easter bunny for the Easter in the Mailbox mailing.

What kind of book does a rabbit like at bedtime?  One with a hoppy ending.

What’s a good way to catch the Easter Bunny?  Make a noise like a carrot.

What’s big and purple and hugs Easter baskets?   Easter Barney

Knock, knock.  Who’s there?  Wendy.  Wendy who?  Wendy Easter Bunny coming?

Knock, knock.  Who’s there?  Howard.  Howard who?  Howard you like a chocolate bunny?

Knock, knock.  Who’s there?  Police.  Police who?  Police hurry up and decorate your eggs.

What do you call a rabbit with fleas?  Bugs Bunny.

What kind of beans never grow in a garden?  Jelly beans.

These riddles and  jokes all came from

Easter Postcards -

These are postcards that I ordered from  The top two ones will be for my grandsons.  One little fellow really likes trains.  The bottom cards will be for my granddaughters.

What goes into the mail – I’ll include a riddle and a knock knock joke on a postcard for each grandchild.  Then they will be ready to send off to my grandchildren’s mailboxes. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I’ll be back in a few days with more about my grandchildren’s favorite toys in the playroom.