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Friday, March 11, 2011

Upcycling and the Mechanically-Skilled Child

C's brain works in a way which baffles and amazes me. He has a talent for manipulating objects and constructing things that seems far beyond his years. He has a wide variety of building toys (Tinkertoys, Lego, magnets, wooden blocks, etc.) with which to realize his ideas (and some of them are freakishly complicated, and have moving parts that work) but also uses found objects to achieve his means. And he has come up with some really creative things.

Today he found an old hamster wheel in the recesses of the basement. He started asking me for parts to make a "barrel wheel". Huh? He described it and I realized he meant wheelbarrow. Okay, I listened up...noted his needs, and helped him find what he wanted. Within minutes, he had this:

Simple. Functional. Win.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like Sam and C would have a LOT of fun playing together. I am always astounded at how his brain puts things together.

    Very cool barrel wheel, C! :-)