Now. Let's just say that my brother has a good bit of Lego experience. Let's also just say that his reasoning and spatial IQ is rediculously way up there. And let's also say that he loves building with these boys, and watching them build, and listening to their building stories.
So their Uncle wanted to challenge them a bit. He got both of them a kit that would do just that. Micah had this amazing crane and Levi got a Technics excavator. We cleared the table off (cause that's the only place to work on something like this without Eve hiding your pieces), and Micah went first.
He worked all morning, with a bit of help here and there from the rest of us. Whenever we walked away, he worked by himself, following the instructions just fine. His little mind does really well with logic, and sitting still comes a little easier to him than some of the rest of us in our little tribe. He did need help, when his pre-school fingers just would not do what he knew they needed to do. And when we sat down for lunch, this is what we had to admire:
After rest time it was Levi's turn with the table, and he broke out his War and Peace books of instructions (he spent rest time going through them), and got to building. I think one of the biggest challenges was that Technics pieces are just not shaped the same as Lego's regular stuff, so he had to learn to build with a new medium.
About five minutes into it, he declared, "It's like I'm building a real machine!" And if you've ever used Technics, you know that he was totally right.
He worked all afternoon, taking breaks here and there to burn off some energy, and give his brain a rest. We had dinner, and he worked a bit more.
And then he slept hard, got up early, and asked, "Mama, can I get back to my work now?"
It's amazing what kids can do, isn't it? I'm really proud of both my boys. :) And I think that these kits were a great experience for them. It gave them a chance to actually work at something, to push themselves a bit, to fix mistakes, and to have something amazing & complex to show for their time and effort, something they could truly be proud of.
Thanks Sputnik - we love you!