Grandparents help list

One of the fun things grandparents get to do is buy ‘stuff’ for grandchildren. Sometimes we get  it wrong, sometimes it is a huge success. I’ve  drawn up a list of the most successful presents grandparents have given their grandchildren. Maybe it will help you find something different. 


Playmobil  School – 3-10 years

Knitting loom – 10-year-old girl

Lego Pirate ship – 5-year-old boy

Tickets to Frozen on Ice – 3 -7 year old girl

Family membership to Kelly Tarltons 

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Stingray splash at Kelly Tarltons  – 12 years old boy 

Subscription National Geographic – 4-8 years 

Art Easel –  boy or girl 2 -3 

Wiggles  paraphernalia – 2-3 year old boy

A one on one holiday – 10 year old. ( building memories)

Guitar – 7 year old boy

Fishing rod – 5-12 year old boy

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And a few amazing books.

Bears  with wonderful illustrations

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Albert Einstein becomes fun for children.


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David Williams Gangsta Granny


Summery Saturday by Margaret Mahy

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A book about Sir Edmund Hilary

And here is a list of the top 50 popular children’s books in New Zealand. Enjoy, you will be familiar with so most of the titles. One or two I am not familiar with but most of them I’ve read repeatedly. 

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

no 1

2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

Lynley Dodd

3. The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

4. The Wonky Donkey

Craig Smith

5. Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

no 5

6. Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Suess

7. The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss

8. Spot books

Eric Hill

9. Winnie the Pooh

A. A. Milne

no 9

10. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen

11. Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney

12. Peepo

Janet and Allan Ahlberg

13. Each Peach Pear Plum

Janet and Allan Ahlberg

14. Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

15. The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

no 15

16. Where is the Green Sheep?

Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

17. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

18. That’s Not My…

Fiona Watt

no 18

19. The Little Yellow Digger

Betty and Alan Gilderdale

20. Are You My Mother?

P. D. Eastman

21. Thomas the Tank Engine

Rev W. Awdry

22. Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown

23. My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

Eve Sutton

24. Scarface Claw

Lynley Dodd

25. The BFG

Roald Dahl

26. Hairy Maclary’s Bone

Lynley Dodd

27. Slinky Malinki

Lynley Dodd

28. Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giles Andreae

29. Snow White

30. Cinderella

31. Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson

32. Willbee the Bumblebee

Craig Smith and Maureen Thomson

33. Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper

Lynley Dodd

34. My Dad

Anthony Browne

35. The Lorax

Dr. Seuss

36. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin Jr.

37. Down the Back of the Chair

Margaret Mahy

no 37

38. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Mem Fox

39. Bad Jelly the Witch

Spike Milligan

40. Fox in Socks

Dr. Suess

41. Hooray for Fish!

Lucy Cousins

42. Hop on Pop

Dr. Suess

43. Maisy

Lucy Cousins

44. A Lion in the Meadow

Margaret Mahy

no 44

45. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

46. The Gruffalo’s Child

Julia Donaldson

47. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Dr. Seuss

48. Perky the Pukeko

Michelle Osment


49. Commotion in the Ocean

Giles Andreae

50. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack

Lynley Dodd

no 50

'No, grandma, hashtags are not something you order with eggs.'

‘No, grandma, hashtags are not something you order with eggs.’






































































6 thoughts on “Grandparents help list

  1. I enjoyed your article Lynn. Well written, interesting and full of geat advice. I like the sound of the TO DO APP! should be very useful! Lynley

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