I've added several things to Mr. Intensity's Wishpot list.
To the list for preschoolers, I would add Handwriting Without Tears wood pieces. Mr. Intensity can be quite creative with these. When I got them out the last time, I encouraged him to make shapes. Secretly, I hoped to make letters, too. He decided to make a humongous ice cream cone.
Mr. Intensity's preschool teacher recommends Magna Tiles. She's taught preschool for about 30 years and said, "Every class is different; each has it's own personality. Certain children gravitate toward certain toys. However, year after year, EVERY class loves the Magna Tiles. They are pricey. But they are worth it." Even 8-year-olds like them.
When picking Mr. Intensity up from preschool last week, many of the boys were wearing capes on the playground. His teacher let me borrow a cape to use as a pattern. It took all of 15 minutes to make. Love a project that is that fast.
Starry Sky Ranch wrote a post this weekend with great sewing links. I didn't use any of her links, but there's a cape pattern in there. It pushed me over the edge and made me make a cape. I also made one in shimmery pink to give a birthday princess. Beware! If you start making capes, they are addictive. Mr. Intensity chose the flame fabric. He thinks it makes him run faster.
One more potentially addictive project I'm going to share: sewing plastic bags. If my sister sees this, she will really think I've gone crazy green.
Just to experiment, too see what the hype was all about, I started fusing (ironing) a plastic bag. Next thing I know I had several plastic rectangles. I couldn't just have a bunch of rectangles sitting around, so I sewed a bag. I'm weird, I know. ( Julie A. - this is one project where all the materials can be found in Hungary!)