This stuff is amazing. I generally cringe when buying a massive bucket of plastic 'bits', but this is worth it. The boys were at it for days, with Flex especially intrigued by the many possibilities at hand with these crafty little nobbles.
"Look Mum! They click in just like a hip bone into it's socket!"
"Wow they lengthen and compress just like a spine does!"
"Check it out - I've just made a DNA strand!"
"The way they click together makes them so strong they can withstand being dropped from really high up! Loooooook!"
Crash. He was right.
Endless ways to stretch the mind, bend the imagination and exercise the hands....
Lucky meanwhile was making beautiful origami paper planes and they were whizzing around the living room like colourful wasps. Aerodynamics at play.
Caught up in the joy of creation, Flex made us all hamburgers for lunch, and proudly smiled as they were proclaimed the 'best burgies in the world, ever'. We have a new idea in place and this is for the boys to cook dinner for the family at least once a week. They need to plan a menu, choose the ingredients and prepare the food. These burgers were Flex's idea from whoa to go, and forever more, he will be known as 'the burger king'.
Then it was time for the 'piece de resistance', the 'icing on the cake', the 'wonder of the world on the dining room table'....
The Taj Mahal.
I have to admit, I was excited about this. Having kids is hard work but it definitely has it's advantages. Like spending an afternoon with your son building a teeny tiny Taj Mahal all in the name of education....The kit was easy to follow and popping out the little doors and domes was really (and kind of wierdly) satisfying. Putting it together was a bonding experiencefor Lucky and I as we had to work together to find corresponding bits and console each other when inevitably, a couple of them broke.
"It's OK Mum, it's still really beautiful. And don't forget, it's a love palace!"
So now, it sits proudly in our house, a monument of far off royal love, and also close-to-home teamwork, togetherness and tenacity.