Saturday, July 7, 2018

4th of July Army Men Commemorative Wargame

I had the 4th of July off, and had recently finished cataloging the BMC Iwo Jima toy soldiers I had gotten from the thrift store the previous week. Junior Fett was asking me tons of questions about collecting, army men, and history. Especially pointed, he at last asked why there were so many 'laying down figures,' which were the flag raisers without their base, and why I kept calling the figures 'the Iwo set.

For a second, it gave me pause. How does my little boy not know what Iwo Jima is? Now, he's not a history buff like me or my dad, so it's not something he would pick up by osmosis while still gestating, the way I did. Is this my fault? Have I not been raising him right? In any event, I explained to him, with a touch of Google fu, what happened, why it was important, the significance of the flag raisers, etc.

He immediately decided we had to wargame it with the new figures (thankfully not demanding I dig out the Iwo set I already owned). He's such a good boy. We set out the lava flow fabric, the water felt to make a beach, and the figures  and terrain he wanted to use, and had some fun. We even got to use my dollar store gunboat for the first time! One of these days, my wife is actually going to use this fabric for something, and I will have to come up with something else for volcano terrain, but for the time being, it works.


electricwave said...

hi mr Fett,this is a good way to explain history to childs.i explained moon conquest with toys some years ago to my son. :) ew

CounterFett said...

Thanks for the kind words, Electricwave!

I try to make learning history fun for him, because he doesn't have the best attention span for it!