The kids throughout the year have exclaimed many times over the many things we see in the stores or online over Mommy’s shoulder. To avoid the meltdowns because I won’t buy the entire toy aisle, I simply add the item to the kids’ wish list. I keep the bulk of this wish list on Pinterest.
This idea works marvelously! Any time my kiddos mention it, I can easily show it to them. “See Mommy really did add it to the list.” Validation is a good thing.
Today, we found another fabulous use for this list. The kids expressed interest in writing a letter to Santa. I handed out some primary writing paper, and wrote a simple “this is my wish list” letter on the board to help them write their letters. Then, I did a series of screen captures of that Pinterest page into a temporary Word document. I printed the “list” out for them to cut and paste the pictures of what they’d like – sorting out their favorites for the front and everything else to the back of the page.
They are having so much fun practicing fine motor skills, sorting/prioritizing, writing/reading skills, and even learning about how we don’t always get what we wish for. Fun stuff!