A Reading Sucess & An Early Christmas Present

I love Craigslist!  For Christmas this year, one of the kids’ main gifts is going to be a “home gym” of sorts, and Craigslist has been a great tool in making this happen because have you seen the prices for new gym mats and other stuff???  Geez!  We are A-OK with USED in this house!!

In my search for various gym equipment for the kids, I came across a little trampoline with a net enclosure.  We were planning to get a little trampoline with a handle, but this one was bigger and better, and CHEAPER than a new little triangular trampoline would be.  Oh, it wasn’t in perfect condition, but I thought my little 3 and 4 year olds would LOVE it just the same.  And for $50, how could we go wrong???

We picked it up this weekend and the thought of it sitting all alone and unused in our garage for a whole month while we wait for Christmas to get here while my kids are bouncing off the walls because it’s often too cold or rainy to go outside just didn’t make sense to me.  

DH unfortunately wasn’t on board with my grand idea and wanted to save the trampoline until Christmas, which is sage advice, though coming from someone who is safely at work 10 miles away while the kids are running around the house like chickens with their heads chopped off…if you know what I mean. 😉

So, last night I came up with a brilliant idea.  I get these a lot.  Most people in my family do not necessarily agree that my ideas are brilliant, but I digress.  I convinced DH to let me write the word “trampoline” on a piece of paper for Luke, a 4-1/2 year old beginning reader who has just mastered words like cat and the and mop and this week his biggest yet floppy.  And if Luke was able to figure out what the paper said with no help or hints, we’d let the kids have the trampoline early.

So I wrote it…  

…and 5 minutes later we were setting up the trampoline! 🙂

Not bad for $50, eh?  

I was super impressed with Luke’s reading!  Trampoline is not an easy word at all.  It’s just amazing how kids can rise to the challenge if only we give them the opportunity.  A little motivation never hurts either. 😉

And if you’re wondering why we need the net enclosure, well here’s my number one reason: Lilah!

Have you ever bought anything off of Craigslist?
What’s topping your kids’ Christmas list this year?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Allison says:

    LOL at “safely ten miles away”! That’s fantastic that your little guy read that easily. 🙂

  • Great Job! To you for finding such a great deal and having such a brilliant idea. And to Luke for reading such a hard word!

  • What a fantastic idea! Definitely will be sharing this one with our parents 🙂

    Sarah at Easyread

  • Fantastic story!!! I am curious what you’ll do about a present now… In our area there are Facebook selling groups that are even better than Craigslist if you can believe. I was able to sell a bunch of stuff and make money for the stuff I bought super cheap. YEAH!

  • Ticia says:

    I get a lot of brilliant ideas no one else agrees with either 🙂

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