Friday, February 20, 2009

A new army for my boys

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.


Lois Lane II said...

That is so cool!!! What smart, creative boys!

rightonmom said...

They have a headstart it seems. I know what you mean about creative play...even tupperware takes on a life of its own! Cute post.

Teri said...

Quite creative, indeed!

Sabrina said...

I love it when my kids do things like day my 8yo made a store in her room, and it was remarkably resourceful...they are so smart!

Jenners said...

This was so cute! And it is something that us parents need to remember -- kids can make a toy out of anything! What great imaginations. And don't you just love when they learn during play?

My son is 4 and is just starting the whole imaginary play conversations with his little Lego people. I love eavesdropping on these conversations he has between them .. I just hide in the kitchen and giggle. Childhood is such a precious time.

A Closet Writer said...

I love that your kids used presidents names during their imaginary wartime. It's so nice to hear that there are still children out there that use their imagination for playtime, rather than spending all their time playing video games.

thezeninyou said... Clinton to send in re-enforcements! Classic.

Michelle said...

Don't forget how many of the presidents - especially earlier ones actually WERE commanders in armies.

And this reminds me that I really need to get rid of more toys. If only my dad would quit buying them stuff (that I now refuse to bring home so it stays at my parents' house)!