Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Behold the Power of The Lego Ideas Book
I think an oath should exist for parents. It could go something like this, "If I ever find toys, books, or activities that completely engross my children - so much so that they can hardly be bothered by trivial matters such as eating and drinking - I solemnly swear to promptly tell all other parents of such a toy, book, or activity." Doctors get an oath. Why shouldn't we?
We found The Lego Ideas Book at our public library. Little did I know, standing at the library counter checking out this book, that I was about to rarely see my children's faces for the next week.
Little did I know, I wouldn't be able to see the floor in the playroom for the next week or walk through the room without stepping on Legos (and cursing their existence).
The book offers instructions and ideas for making elaborate houses, boats, storage containers, and airplanes.
The boys spent an entire day (not exaggerating) building this two story house. The furniture looked like it came straight out of an IKEA catalog. The house has an indoor and outdoor kitchen. When the boys finished, we all wanted to move in. I told them I'd only move in if they got rid of some of the parrots, dingoes, and monkeys. Aint no way I'm living in a house with a monkey. Not even a Lego monkey. And everyone knows dingoes eat babies.
There were days when I'd go downstairs in the playroom and announce - "Boys. Seriously. I miss your faces." They were so caught up in building and creating they would skip snacks. Snack skipping is an unheard of phenomenon in our home prior to being introduced to this book. These words actually came out of my mouth, "Are you guys drinking water and you know - going to the bathroom and stuff?" The boys who are usually standing in the kitchen at 5 p.m. asking, "What's for dinner? When will it be ready? Is it almost done? What's in it? Do I have to eat the tomatoes?" would have to be sought out at dinner time and forced to come upstairs. Friends, The Lego Ideas Book is powerful. Powerful.