My dad came to my house one day super-excited about a gift he had bought for the kids. They were excited too, knowing that a gift from grandpa might be a bit unusual, but it was always fun.
He did not disappoint.
Out of his car came a big roll of brown butcher paper. My children's initial confusion eventually gave way to enthusiasm as we rolled the paper out on the floor and told them to get to it. That first day they spent hours drawing, creating cities and roads and buildings and parks that they then put their Little People and Matchbox cars on.
Since then, we've spent plenty of rainy days (and a few sunny ones) coloring and painting on that brown roll and the ones we've bought after it.
In our digital, hi-tech world where bigger is better and fastest is best, it's easy to forget that it is the simplest of items that are the most fun for kids. And cool, unexpected things, like a roll of butcher paper that make the day and the memories.
What's the most unusual gift your preschooler has ever gotten?
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