Do you like The Wiggles?

I recall the first time I heard The Wiggles.  I was riding in the car on a visit over the river to my son’s house.  My granddaughter who was about 4 at the time asked her daddy to play a particular CD in the car stereo.  I could not understand what she was asking.  It sounded something like “wiggle.”

My son pushed PLAY, and the car was filled with a group of Aussie voices AND my granddaughter AND my son belting out “Rock-a-bye Your Bear.”  The song was followed by another.  I had a concert all the way to the grocery.  That was my introduction to The Wiggles.

I suppose you have heard that 3 of the group are planning to retire – Greg, Murray, and Jeff.  (No more “wake up, Jeff?”)  They will be replaced by new Wiggles who have in the past played the parts of Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, and Wags the Dog.

I soon fell in love with The Wiggles.  Both sets of grandchildren loved them.  When I had Grandma School with my grandchildren who live 20 minutes away, almost every week we would watch part of a DVD from a Wiggles concert and we would dance along to “Can You Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist” or “Hot Potato.”   We always had “bend and stretch” time in Grandma School and sometimes it was while we lisened to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”

Before lunch we listened to “Fruit Salad” and then went into the kitchen and got out all the ingredients so that we could have fruit salad – yummy, yummy – for lunch.  I searched the internet and came up with a recipe for “Crunchy, Munchy Honeycakes” that we baked together one afternoon.  (I have included the recipe below.)

Oh, my, the Wiggles toys that each family had –  so many officially licensed Wiggles toys – Sing and Dance Guitar, Sing-with-Me Microphone, finger puppets, tee shirts, books, CDs and DVDs.  I recall one day the Jeff finger puppet was missing.  It was a nap time favorite of my grandson.  We looked high and we looked low for Jeff.  If Jeff wasn’t found, tears would follow.  Under the sofa Jeff was hiding.

Alas, my grandchildren are growing up and their tastes in music and entertainment have changed.  I would happily watch “The Wiggles Movie” in which Wally steals Greg’s magic wand when he is trying to become a better magician, but my grandchildren veto that and suggest a Pixar flick instead.

Both sets of children went to see the Wiggles perform.  The grandchildren talked for days about the concerts.  We had to reinact some of the songs and dances.  And now the last round of  United States concerts for the original Wiggles is taking place.  My grandchildren aren’t interested, but I am. I would love to see the Wiggles in person.  I checked and learned they are performing in Rosemont, IL in July.  Alas, there is no way I would drive the mad house of Chicago expressways to get to Rosemont to see the Wiggles.  Guess I’ll have to check out the CD of the final concert and some evening I’ll stir up a batch of Crunchy Munchy Honey Cakes, watch it, and sing along to “Dorothy the Dinosaur” or “Shaky Shaky” or “Wiggly Party.”

Crunchy Munchy Honey Cakes

3 cups muesli flakes (some varieties have raisins – if your crew doesn’t like raisins in cookies, look for the plain version)

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup self rising flour (or 1 cup regular flour + 1and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt)

8 1/2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons honey

3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 325.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Combine muesli flakes, sugar, coconut and flour in a bowl and mix well.  Heat butter, honey and milk until butter is melted.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on parchment. paper.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Yield:  30 cookies.

Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox.  All the grandchildren will be at my house in a few weeks.  I found some great books at the library with lawn games and fun activities for the out of doors.  Ever hear of crab soccer?  I’ll tell you about the game and others next week.  I hope you stop back again.

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