When our grandchildren were this age, in fact it was in the fall right before this ‘Christmas Cookie’ scene, I made them a financial deal.
We had a big Magnolia tree in our yard and it made lots of the little burrs. There were many on the ground, and I told them if they wanted to pick them up I would pay them a nickel each for everyone they picked up. Oh yes! They were thrilled. I thought it would give them something to do out in the fresh air for at least 30 minutes.
I got them each a huge plastic bag each and they set to work. I watched a few seconds and then went back into the house. In about 5 minutes they came in and said they were through!!!
It took us longer to count them than it did for them to pick them up. Altogether they had picked up 620 burrs. They got every one of them. It came to $31.00 divided among them. The youngest one Daniel, gathered the least and they added up to 196, which was $9.80 for him, which would have been $117.60 an hour. Angela and Tiffany got over 200 each. It was a lot of fun and made a wonderful memory.
Note: The Magnolia tree didn’t bloom much the first few year we lived there. I’ve heard that a remedy for that is to beat the trunk with a ball bat or broom handle. We never tried that but when our son and his family moved here and the grandchildren started climbing and playing in that tree…it started blooming profusely every year. I guess children playing in a tree is tantamount to beating it. LOL