Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blast Off


I admit, if I didn't have better things to do and I still had my three suitcases full of them, I would still play with Legos. They are like the coolest presents I ever got as a kid and minute for dollar, were the most economical presents I had as a child. If I close my eyes, I can still conjure up the sounds of my fingers dragging through the pile looking for that illusive piece to complete my latest creation.

So when it comes to Christmas (and birthdays), I give my daughter a box of Legos not for her enjoyment but for mine.  I love watching her put things together using her imagination and it gives me an excuse to play with Legos again under the guise of playing with my daughter. I have given her probably half a dozen boxes over the last few years and like me, she really loves to play with them, but she still doesn't have the accumulation that I had as a kid. We, I mean she, uses too many of one type of Lego brick in the first creation that the second creation suffers. So this year I decided to forgo some other possible presents and give her a BIG box of Legos. Never mind they were for ages 16+ according to the side of the box.

After we got back from Florida and got the little one baptized  I cleaned off the end of the table and we spent a week putting what you saw above together. On probably half of the endeavor, I would find the pieces required for the next step and she would put it together, occasionally needing guidance. For the other half, she would find some of the pieces and watch as I put the things together. We both had a lot of fun and it certainly made evenings fly by in our household for a week.

After we got it together, she played with it a bit and then it hit me, she has no earthly idea what a space shuttle was. So together we went onto youtube and watched several videos of the space shuttles taking off and heading off to space. She thought that was the neatest thing ever and has gotten more mileage out of that set than many of her other sets that have houses or fire stations. Hopefully however, the most mileage is yet to come after the space shuttle has been disassembled and added to the rest of the loose legos so she can spend hours building something out of her imagination. Or perhaps while she is off at school, the little one is down for a nap and my wife off at work, I can...


9 comments:

Ron said...

Playing is highly underrated, in my opinion - for kids and adults!

Vince said...

Hell, I'm jealous. I never had those specialist bits. The most exotic I had was the motor that allowed you to drive a car/train.

Ed said...

Ron - It certainly is.

Vince - I had the motor too as a kid. One advantage we had is that the generic parts were more conducive to building from our imagination that the specialized parts are. There are only so many things you can make from the pieces that make up the rocket tanks.

woodysrockyridge said...

I couldn't help but laugh at the notion that our kids don't have a clue about 90% of our references. I've had to do the same using youtube to explain myself. Everything from Dana Carvey's church lady, the song from Bob and Doug McKenzie's great white north, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and eight track tapes.

From that short list I can plainly see that it is a good thing she loves to read because my cultural references will prepare her for a cashiers job at a 7/11.

Vince said...

I was actually thinking that after. How actually expandable and flexible are the specialized bits.

Ed said...

Woody - I have a feeling that we will be having lots of those talks in the future!

Vince - The bulk of the legos are standard sizes and shapes and are readily expandable with other sets.

Bone said...

Ha! I played with Legos over New Year's weekend. Some of the kids got some for Christmas. It was nice to see kids playing with something like that rather than stuck in an iPad or video game for hours.

Yeah, those little make-something-specific kits are OK. But I went off the script and built some of my own creations.

Murf said...

Even I got a Lego set for Christmas. I loved their Holiday Bakery. Since I got it ON Christmas, it was kind of too late to put it together FOR Christmas so I've set it aside for next year when I will build it for the first time. I thought it would be kind of funny to do a Lego Christmas village like a lot of the hardcore people do with the more typical buildings and accessories - set up a big table and go all out. We'll see if I ever do that.

warren said...

So cool! I hate that kids won't know the space shuttle but I suppose when the next big thing comes out, it will be cool too...I hope we still do space...it seems like it is not a priority any more. Oh well, fun times with legos anyhow!