If you have a preschooler like I do, you’re probably familiar with show & tell. Your kid brings something in. She shows it to the class. She tells the class about it.
I often wonder how Tinkerbell describes her show & tell item. At home, it’s more like this: “It’s my doll and I like to play with her.”
Well, today was show & tell day. And pajama day. Which we love. But that’s a story for another day.
I’m starting forget already what we’ve already taken for show & tell. But we still have half of a year left, so we’re going to have to come up with more ideas. The trouble is getting Tinkerbell to pick something she hasn’t shown before. Well, here are her top go-to items when show & tell rolls around:
- Ty Beanie Babies: Cats one day, monkeys another day–this will last you quite a while
- Dolls: Tinkerbell has taken in her LaLaLoopsy dolls already
- Stuffed Animals: If you have a plethora of stuffed animals like we do, this will last you a while–but take notes, because you’ll forget which one you’ve taken in already
- Pets: One little girl brought in her guinea pig, which was definitely a hit. The important thing to remember about taking pets is to ask the teacher ahead of time. There may be extreme fears of animals or allergies. We don’t want that.
- Special Keepsakes: We’ve only done this a couple of times, but each time we make sure we know what’s going to the school, and if it’s fragile we make sure we give it to the teacher and get it back from the teacher
- Books: Favorite books are always a good show & tell go-to if you can’t think of anything else
- Crafts: Some kids love arts and crafts and will love to show the class what they’ve done at home. This morning we considered taking a craft that the kids did at church last night. Just keep in mind that if it’s not secure, it might fall apart during travel
Now that you have figured out what you’re going to take, you’ll probably want to apply a couple of rules for your child’s show & tell item. We always tell our kids the following:
1. The item stays in your bookbag until show & tell. Don’t play with it before show & tell, because it could get mixed up with other toys or we’ll forget about it entirely.
2. Take it out for show & tell only and put it right back in afterward. Don’t take it out after show & tell. We apply this rule for the same reasons as #1.
What are your favorite go-to show & tell items?