Sunday, January 07, 2007

Play time...

After another hot night with restless sleep, we've all just been hanging around the house... While Dave and I watched and interesting documentary researching the validity of the spear that was supposed to have pierced Jesus' side at the Crusifiction, the boys were busy in their room constructing...

They used these plastic modular pieces they got "From Santa" at Christmas, to construct a sloping runway for their trains and cars...


Erik has always been into constructing things like this, and building or creating things out of other things. He has a fabulous sense of external balance (as in, in himself he can be a bit unco-ordinated balance wise, but in constructing things he has a fabulous sense of how to make things balance, once building a tower of duplo blocks 1.5 metres high, on cargpet, at the age of under two years old!)...


I'm particularly impressed with the curving "leg" that holds this structure up - fantasic, isn't it?!


And of course, there was need for a stopper to prevent the trains and cars running off and crashing into the ravene! This structure was inspired by the "Back to the Future" trilogy, and in particular the last of the trilogy where the Doc and Marty go back to the wild west and save Clara in her runaway carriage from crashing into the ravene, thus changing the course of history...


Meanwhile, Bryn has been fascinated with this "Tower of Pisa" block set we got him for Christmas. There are so many things I love about this set! The colour, the simplicity, the sturdiness, but also the ingenius idea of making the piece slanted like that so there are endless possiblities in building, and teaching about balance :D...

2 comments:

casso said...

Erik seriously sounds like a little engineer in the making. Wow on the runway!

So what was the verdict on the spear? ;o)

Cheers, Cass

Sif said...

Yeah, we've always thought he might like engineering, but then he's so much into art (not that that isn't compatible) and performance, so who knows!

I'm going to blog about the spear thing this arvo ;)...

Teenagers and the failing parent...