When preparing for TLE’s birthday party, I fielded the normal questions on what she wanted for her birthday. Ever since watching an episode of Sid the Science Kid back in October that featured the idea of recycling things, TLE has routinely used her imagination and whatever she’s found around the house to create new toys. Boxes, tape, doodads and whatsits that would normally end up in the trash have routinely become space ships and cars, robots and giraffes and everything in between in TLE’s hands.
Ready made toys (with the exceptions of My Little Pony and maybe a few superheroes, which she always loves) were out — crafts and anything building related were in. I drew up an Amazon gift list that included some of her favorite building toys, books and craft supplies which she got in great abundance and has been having fun with ever since. (She even got some new favorites like Crystal Climbers! What a fun and pretty building toy!)
My friends Kung Fu Guy ™ and Karate Gal ™ took the build-your-own toy concept one step further. Their present to her included a stuff-your-own stuffed toy kit, story cubes, a rainbow nightlight as well as a few other surprises.
“Is that a tool kit??” asked our roommate Rainbow Dash.
“Kung Fu Guy ™ bought it for her.” I explained.
“Oh!” Rainbow Dash nodded. “Well, that makes sense.” (These are the kinds of friends we have. We love them.)
As Kung Fu Guy ™ explained, he and Karate Gal ™ believed it was high time that TLE learn to use real tools. We are totally behind because… dude, tools! Perfect for a budding mini-Maker like TLE. I remember how much fun I had as a kid, taking things apart to see how they worked. At least now she doesn’t have to steal my tools the way I stole my dad’s
Once all her presents were opened, Karate Gal ™ gave TLE and the other kids a lesson in using the tool kit. And later, when I finally found AAA batteries for her new rainbow nightlight, TLE showed me that she was able to unscrew the battery plate and put the batteries in all by herself.
Pretty cool for five years old! How’s that for Miss Independent?!
I can’t wait until she takes apart computers by herself!! <3 <3
… whoa, waitasec O_O;