I always thought Lincoln Logs were boring. We had blocks that used to
be radio crystal cases (about 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 3/4") in WWII. I We
must have had 10,000 of them that my father got from scrap. My
brother built a "model" of the Empire State Building that was about 9'
tall. Great fun.
I had the most fun with the Tinker Toys. I had a bunch of them, too.
I had a small Erector set but they were too expensive. Legos came too
late. Well, they weren't for my son. "Lego my Legos" ;-)
I seem to remember the meccano/erector sets were -
- quite expensive - back in the day..
.. then when shopping for my kids - Lego seemed expensive !
.. but it was still there, under the tree, at Christmas.
... but I do get a little peeved at Chinese Lincoln Logs !
I remember liking Lincoln Logs at an earlier age, then Tinker Toys, and
then Erector Sets. As I grew I wanted something more difficult.
Now I have a whole woodworking shop. And when I want something more
difficult than that I go play with computers and electronics. My latest
toy is an Arduino Mega micro-controller. The possibilities can be
imagined when you know that people use them in robots :-).
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You reminded me of a time when I was eight yo or so (~1947) and living
in Yankton, SD. My buds and I were heavy into war games (at that age,
war is an adventure, not a do and/or die situation). There was an
abandoned farm behind our house with a barn full of all sorts of neat
stuff including boards of varying size. Building tanks and fighter
planes was easy; a couple of boards nailed together with more nails for
guns and rockets.
I decided I needed an aircraft carrier. A bit more complicated but once
a deck board of sufficient length and width was liberated and nailed to
some hull boards, voila. Had lots of winter time battles in the
basement of our house. A long time ago in a place far, far away.
Gave the oldest granddaughter a set for Christmas when she was six. She spent hours building with it. She was sometimes so engrossed in her designing that she didn't notice me on the floor taking pictures at her eye level - I think I hit the bullseye with that gift ;-)
Another year each granddaughter got a kit of kid-sized tools and a birdhouse to build.
Can't guarantee that they'll grow up to be builders/makers, but they have a good start.
Gifts that bring you together to play - priceless !
< regardless of the material outcome >
One of our favs - with our kids - was a wooden train set -
(Scandanavian ? ) where the train cars had magnets on each end
and the all-wood track pieces fit together in a round-tongue-hole
.. we expanded the set, each year at Christmas - and it all neatly
packed away in a vintage Thrift Store valice ? mini suitcase ..
... getting everything into the case became a fun game eventually !
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