Thursday, June 01, 2006

Marketing 101

For you, Grandma Carol
Since we missed the game, here's a pic instead!

In the spirit of all things "school projecty", here is our contribution. I can't wait for the phone call from the teacher!

My sons third grade class has been studying Native Americans for the last month. To better their understanding of how goods were obtained in a time before cash (to then become checks, credit and debit cards), the children were asked to participate in a trading fair. Each child was to make 26-51 items of the exact same thing and the cost could not exceed $4.00! Then, they had to make a name for their product and a slogan to go along with it (I am wondering now, as I type, did the Native Americans have to use slogans to trade pelts? I may have an issue with this after all . . .). Each child will then display their "goods" and the trading/bartering will begin.

My son already had his "product" decided upon when I received word of the upcoming fair. He was going to make "stress balls" from balloons and flour. Great! Easy (or so I had imagined), cheap and the kids will like them. I won't go into the evening-long assembly of the "stress balls", but they turned out just as he wanted, so all was good. Moving on to the "slogan" deciding phase of the project, and the name. We brainstormed for awhile with some pretty hilarious, catchy phrases, and then McRae came up with this one: McRae's Magic Stress Balls! Squeeze 'em You Need 'em. He is convinced that this is what his slogan and name will be, and not at all giggly when exclaiming to me in a loud radio personality type voice that they are "the best". I am all for his enthusiasm and dedication to his project, but I am wondering, will I ever hear the end of "squeeze 'em, you need 'em"?

14 comments:

Angry Dad said...

I personally think its brilliant! You have a real entrpreneur on your hands. Maybe you could get him to seel fried gator for that hand bag taste!

Lisa said...

He did have a cool idea. Way to go Kiddo!

Mamacita Tina said...

His project is awesome. He came up with an idea that people will really like and use. How fun! (Well, besides an all nighter creating the product that is.)

Christina_the_wench said...

He has a future in advertising. I'd hire him. And can I get one of those stress balls sent here to Michigan?

Kristin said...

What a great project... if he would like to come to my house we have a few end of the year things that could use his touch!

LindaJ said...

I'm still laughing my butt off. I can't help but see his cute little face holler'n out his slogan.

And of course you know my mind is in the gutter.

Becky said...

in one word, no. LOL. they are too cute

Tori said...

I love this idea.... I want a stress ball. I love squishy things...
and you know how I feel about a craft project...

Mommy off the Record said...

Squeeze em, you need em! I think he's got a future in advertising for sure. I would buy one!

sunshine scribe said...

Now that is funny. What a creative kid! My hubby works in advertising - I wonder if he was coming up with slogans when he was that age?

Thanks for introducing me to your great blog.

C2 said...

I just wanted to thank you for the kind words that you left on my blog a while back. I'm feeling much better now, thanks to the good will of others. Love your blog- will be adding it to my links!

adannells said...

How fun! I love it when teachers come up with creative ways to teach kids. Your son had a very good idea! I used to love squeezing those stress balls when we were going through the check-out line at the grocery store. They always had them for sale in the check-out line. My mom would never buy me one though. I was so excited when one day my friend showed me how her mom made them out of balloons. She gave me one! I was so excited! So I can say for sure that kids really do like those little stress balls! LOL! :)

mollymcmommy said...

OMG how clever!! LOL!

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Kevin Charnas said...

GREAT idea! And no, we're not going to let you live that down. HA!