some of our best preschool projects come around by accident. one morning benji was lining up a few cars while i finished the morning dishes and we were talking about their names (have you noticed that all the cars 2 characters have a first and last name? holly shiftwell. finn mcmissle. miles axlerod. rod torque. i could go on. oh, wait, these are not the types of facts that run through your mind? seriously, i understand when moms say that their brains are turning to mush.) and we discuss their origins. he has this recent fascination about where his playthings came from; not like made in china.. but target, or santa, or grandma, or wal-mart, or this one was a potty prize, etc. and even if they don't have a name, we're big into naming things around here too (even if it's just jeep. it becomes a beloved jeep). i find it a little humorous when we're all searching for char car and frantically hollering downstairs, where's char car? where's flames car? where's songie? anyway, i had an idea and seized the moment. i grabbed the alphabet magnets from our craft bin and told him to go get even more cars and we'd start our little project. he was suddenly so excited. which is always the best.
+ line up a few favorite named toys and talk about what letter of the alphabet each toy starts with. for older kids, you could spell the names out. we talked about their colors and if they were big or small. (the one on the far right is what benji refers to as hot dog truck. it has a little band-aid image on the truck, but he has assumed it was a hot dog all along and i love it enough not to tell him it's just a regular ol' ambulance. i mean, who else has a hot dog truck for a pal!?! after our game had ended, it tipped over and he says to me, mom can you fix hot dog truck? all his pretend hot dogs are tumbling out.)
p.s. in posting these preschool projects, i in no way intend to convince you that lookie here, i'm a good mom. i am just doing my best and i love finding new kid-friendly ideas (aka free activities!) online and am often inspired by what other moms are doing. i hope to pay it forward. plus i love documenting our happy times together. he won't be little forever. but, does mommy mush brain last forever? happy monday.