In the middle of peeling potatoes the other night, I heard my boys make some unusual comments during a game with their toy soldiers. As I peeked around the corner, I was surprised by the new "action figures" that they added to their castle game. Here is a bit of their game play conversation:
(All my kids have J names so I call them JI, J2, J3 and J4. Just makes it easier sometimes :)
J2: "McKinley just fell off the tower. Call Clinton to come send re-enforcements."
J3: "O.k. I think Lincoln and Roosevelt are trying to break out of the dungeon."
My boys decided to draft their presidential puzzle pieces as the new army to fight the bad guys storming the castle. It was great to hear them becoming so familiar with all of the presidents' names and pictures on the pieces. Having done the puzzle a bunch of times, my crafty sons made the pieces come alive in a way as generals and corporals during this latest mission. As I continued to make dinner, I got a kick out of hearing deployment orders and status reports about the various presidents. Harrison and Washington got into some sticky situations!
Kids amaze me at how they can make a game out of almost anything. Those black and white picture president pieces turned out to be a great, new toy army to keep my boys busy. I'm sure the presidents would not mind being called back to duty as commanders in chief to keep these little boys smiling.