I've been resistant to buying Star Wars paraphenalia - toys with weapons - for a long, long time - since Abbott first heard about Star Wars at school (and became instantly obsessed), really. His interest has been so intense and so sustained - and he pretends even his hands are weapons, so would a toy really make it any worse? - I decided to buy him one Star Wars ship, just to see how it would go. And you know what? His weapon type play is virtually all channeled into the toy now.
We just got a lego catalog in the mail, and now he really, really wants more. So for the first time ever he's gotten curious about money. How to get more? How much do I have? He's counted up his spending money, and sought out ways to earn more.
We've come up with laundry folding and watering the garden. (The boys get allowance without strings attached. They can earn extra money for doing extra chores.) And he's talked Cal into doing extra chores with him so they can pool their money and buy a new toy together, sooner.
He made this sticker of a Republic Attack Shuttle to show what he's saving up for.