Sunday, February 16, 2014
Last week I read a comment (somewhere - who knows?) claiming that the new sets Lego sells preclude creativity. They're good for building that one thing, this person said, but nothing else.
Nope. Iain receives Lego sets. He builds the item (Y-wing fighter, train, police car, helicopter, doesn't matter). Then he rebuilds it as something else. He makes secret compartments (see below, the red box full of Lego "gems"). He makes moving, multi-function arms. He makes legs, uses wheels, and builds new "pewers."
In short, worry not about the young. No set produced by Lego can repress the impulse to customize in little kids.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Iain, to his teacher today: "Did you know that when dinosaurs were alive there were...no donuts?"
He is also experimenting with grading systems. He's urged me to institute a grade called SAI (Sad and Incompetent). Of course he graded himself YEC (You've Earned Cents). Apparently, if you get a YEC the teacher chucks pennies at you.
I'm not committed to these new grading systems, of course. Just considering them. Iain's very enthusiastic, though.
Posted by Fiona at 5:31 pm