Lisa's post about going to school parties reminded me to post about picking up my grandkids at school last week.
I occasionally get called into duty to pick up & babysit or take to sitters especially when there is a 1/2 day. We had our tax appt. so I took to sitters. I was a little unsure of bus schedule times so went a little early. It tickles me so much to watch the kids. The younger ones running with coats open & hats covering only one ear (my grandson) & the little older carrying those filled backpacks, more pulled together. Then the jr. high with no hats & sometimes no coats on-being carried, much too cool for hats & gloves-with their jeans torn so 1/2 their thigh shows. I do miss teaching dance & being with them & I see parents & former students who miss me too-makes my day. Anyway, guess it doesn't take much to entertain me.
Re: cheap entertainment
After all those years teaching children to dance, it is no wonder you are fascinated with the developmental differences in your grands. I have similar fun with the kids at TKD...how quickly they grow from awkward to graceful to "too cool" for their own good, as you said.
It is partly the formal skill of assessing motor development I learned in teacher college, and partly reaching back to my own kids' growing-up years. You know how you had to choreograph to work with each stage of development...it is really a trick to teach a five-year-old a formal poomse, when right and left are still kind of "out there" for them.
Dance and martial arts are both wonderful ways to help them gain coordination, balance, and the ability to concentrate...not to mention, self-confidence.
People-watching is a great form of free entertainment, isn't it?