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Fun for a Child for an Afternoon

This is a true story about an unusual adventure a friend of mine and I had when we were eight years old. I still remember it very clearly.

Outline

1. Funny Children's Activity with Frogs

2. Children Playing while Learning to Sell

3. Children Learning the Rewards of Making Money

4. Video: How to Raise Creative Children

1. Funny Children's Activity with Frogs

It was a hot summer afternoon. My eight year old boy friend and I were sitting in the shade on the front porch deciding what to do for the afternoon. "It would be fun if we could make some money," he dreamed. "What could we sell?" I asked. He looked in front of the porch into the garden and saw something move. "How about toads?!" he excitedly suggested. I jumped in. "Yea! There are lots of toads this summer! We could put a bunch in a box and sell them door to door!"

Selling Toads?

Yes, I am a girl. Most girls pick up from their mothers to be squeemish about toads, frogs, lizards and snakes. But my father was a hunter. He was bringing me home little black water snakes to play with since I was two years old. So catching a bunch of toads was nothing to me.

Two children on an adventure.

Two children on an adventure.

2. Children Playing while Learning to Sell

My friend and I caught a bunch of toads in the neighboring gardens and had them in a box in a short time. We had all sizes of about 20 toads: big fat ones that blew themselves up to be even bigger when they were scared, down to little toads. We charged a quarter for a big toad, a dime for a medium toad, and a nickel for a little toad.

We knocked on the first door. A mother answered the door. We held out the box of toads and asked,"Would you like a couple toads?" The mother made a face and demanded,"Get those things out of here!" But her ten year old son was right behind her and saw the box of toads. "Please Mama. Please! Can I have one?" His mother looked at him and wrinkled her nose. "Okay, but pay for it with your allowance and keep it away from me!" He gave us a quarter for our biggest fattest toad.

We knocked on the second door. A young boy answered the door. He was at home alone. He ran and got a quarter and a nickel from his allowance and bought a big toad and a little toad.

A lady answered the third door. She took one look at the box of toads and demanded that we leave. But that did not phase us. We had already sold three toads. So we went from door to door, and in a little over an hour we had all our toads sold.

Who would think a child could sell toads? Leave it to a child.

Who would think a child could sell toads? Leave it to a child.

3. Children Learning Rewards of Making Money

We counted our money, and had almost 5 dollars. What shall we spend it on? We heard coming towards us on the street a van playing music. A pie truck! We flagged down the pie truck and bought us a lemon meringue pie. We walked slowly towards my house with both of us holding onto the pie and eating the meringue off the top. We talked about our experience selling frogs.

My mother saw us as we walked into our kitchen with the pie. "Where did you get the pie?" she asked. With a big smile I told her we had sold a bunch of toads and with the money bought the pie from a pie truck.

My mother was flabbergasted.

Crazy? Yes--but a true story! :)

Reaping the rewards for hard work!

Reaping the rewards for hard work!

4. How to Raise Creative Children

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