A toy review video, sort of—by my granddaughter

My granddaughter is a huge fan of YouTube toy review videos. She giggles when she watches them. It is so cute that it makes me giggle.

a toy review video with pup Skye and MarshallShe likes them so much, I suggested that we make her own toy video review. So tonight, after several “takes” she came up with her own short toy review video. Well, sort of. The video is below.

While I can take a pretty decent photograph, video on the other hand, is not my forte! But I think you will enjoy the video as much as we do!

My granddaughter wanted to teach a lesson in her video, too. So her lesson is about making up after a fight. She uses two of her favorite stuffed animal characters—Pup Sky and Marshall—from one of her former favorite cartoons, “Paw Patrol.”

A toy review video—sort of!

Without further ado, here is the video!

Yes, that was my granddaughter throwing her pups at me after they got over their own fight! Apparently, this is how pups get over their fights!

Well, for her first attempt at a toy review video, I think she did just “smashing,” if you’ll pardon the pun!

Giving children positive life experiences

My granddaughter likes trying new things. She does get nervous about things, but for the most part, she wants to try everything. And she wants to do it by HERSELF!

We actually made the video tonight after she had another major meltdown. She was nervous about her school open house and nothing was going right for her. She took her dress off and was running around the house crying that her favorite dress that she had worn all day just in preparation for the open house, she now hated. She was so upset she didn’t know what to do with herself.

Finally, after many hugs and cuddles and talking with her, my spouse and I finally got out of her that she was nervous about the open house at school. She was nervous about talking with her new teacher. She was nervous about meeting her new classmates. She was scared. She just didn’t know how to tell us. So instead of saying, “I’m nervous about the open house,” she cried, “That dress is not my favorite. I’m not wearing it.”

It was a scary time for her and for us, too. We didn’t know how to help her. She didn’t know how to tell us how to help her.

On the way to the open house, I rode in the back seat with her and we talked and played with Pup Skye and Marshall. I kept forgetting that I needed to drop my tone of voice a bit so that I could do a “boy” voice, but we played together quite fine.

By the time we got to the school, her anxiety was all but over. While we were waiting for the open house to open, we made the video and about ten takes before we ended up with the video above!

After we made the video, we went into the school, met her new teacher, visited with her last year preschool teacher, found her mailbox and her cubby where she will hang her coat and hat and leave her backpack. We even met a few of her friends from the previous year of school and a couple of new friends.

All in all, I would say the evening ended up going quite well!

What we learned for our experience

We learned that our little ones can’t always tell us in words what is wrong. They maybe don’t have the word or can’t express the feeling they are having, so they act out or—in this case—they have a meltdown for an hour and a half! Whatever the reason, we were able to figure it out and get her back on track through love, kindness and patience—which believe me was not easy!

We also learned that we could take a scary emotion and turn it into a good learning experience for our granddaughter, too!

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G.G. and JazAbout the author

Karin Nauber, “G.G.” is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. G.G. has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. She began this website with the hope of helping other grandparents who may be struggling with their role as parent/grandparents. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: gg@grandparentssecondstory.com.



  1. I agree with you Karin. Society needs to give children a lot of positive experiences to help build their confidence, self-esteem, and develop their abilities. This would surely help them to integrate into society quickly without having any difficult issues such as anxiety to socialise. Thanks for the post because I really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work Karin.

    • Thank you, Kuu. There are so many ways that we can give children positive experiences! Ways that we can change bad days into good ones!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

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