Yesterday was our last day of preschool before the holidays. As an independent center, I let the children cut and paste from toy ads/ magazines from Christmas ads I have collected. The only instruction given to them was to choose things that they like, cut and paste to a sheet of construction paper. Last night I received an e-mail from a parent with these thoughts: "I feel I need to mention something that really concerned me. Today the boys came home with a paper with cut outs of toys from a toy magazine. I don't know what educational value a project like this would have, so I'm sure it was just done as something fun. This I don't mind, however, I have tried really hard for the last several months to keep all of the kids away from toy catalogs, stores and commercials. Not only do we not have the money this year for excessive buying, but I still feel my children are too young to make wise choices about the kinds of toys that would be best for them. In addition, Santa has already received his letter from the kids, and we are finished with any shopping that we planned to do." She went on to say: I just hope that you won't choose this activity in the future in consideration for the differences in families and traditions at Christmas. I want to respond but am not sure what, if anything, to say. This activity was a "filler" for the last day which used fine motor skills. I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.