How Were You At Building Things When You Were A Child?

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
March 2, 2013 6:21pm CST
I was absolutely hopeless at building anything. Lego was bad enough but one look at a Meccano Set and that was it...just a look..didn't build anything with it lol. Mind you, my brother was even worse than me. I remember one time he had an Airfix kit where he built a fighter aircraft. Glue everywhere. He got really enthusiastic (as boys do) to start with..but..there was one significant flaw in his design. He had stuck the cockpit on before realising he hadn't sat the pilot down in the plane first..so he stuck the pilot on TOP of the cockpit. So funny!
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@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
When I was a kid, I didn't like playing with lego or anything that needs to be put together. I had toys, a lot of them, but never really find enjoyment with it. I was more into reading and writing. My dad would always bring home children's books and I was always eager to read them all the time. My grandma would send me boxes of books as well. Weird, right?
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Mar 13
not weird at all as I also loved ti read and got lots ol books via my parents. I still love to read now also.,My parents both loved to read. I have a least ten paperbacks on my night stand now.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
Hi, Hatley! I still love reading up to this day. And also i have about more than 10 books waiting to be picked up. I have just stopped lately coz of devoting to Mylot most of my free time. But I am sue to have my time with those books when I have my vacation this summer. I don't think there is an internet connection at my grandma's home and that would leave me detached from the world!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
I USED to be an avid reader, right from a very young age. When I was younger I did communicate with people but wasn't very good at it, so reading was a brilliant escape for me. Even beyond my school years I joined World Books and, due to our letter box being bigger than it should be, massive hardback books could be posted by our grateful postman with ease. Used to make us jump though if we weren't ready for the 'THUD!' They've all been given away to charity now, even my prized possessions of 'Watership Down' and 'The Hobbit.' There will be some books in Mum's house but not as many as there used to be, which is just as well because I had LOADS of them! I tend to read on the internet now. Not books..just..stuff.
@ZachB3 (7)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I wasn't really good at anything until i was taught the right way. I terms of building things i really got started with my grandpa, an engineer, we would build massive tinker toy sets together. Eventually i got my very own Lincoln logs and would massive towns and battle scenes with my friends or on the carpet in my room by myself. I loved to mix Lincoln logs with the plastic army men to make my very own epics. The next step i took was legos which i couldnt have for awhile because the pieces were to small. I started out with a bunch of the standard blocks from my brother and sister, but then i got into getting the actual sets like indiana jones or the cowboy themes. I would mix and match all my lego pieces. Lincoln logs were still more fun to do with friends though, and i could never get into erector sets because of the time it took to connect the pieces. I did make one pretty cool erector set car though. Well thats all i got, its my first My Lot post ty everybody (:
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
3 Mar 13
Never heard of Lincoln logs,Janey? Oh they were amazing.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
I guess the photos on Wikipedia don't do them justice?
@anuraa32 (2452)
• India
3 Mar 13
I wasnt bad. I cant say I was a genuis. But I was good enough and I enjoyed building with blocks, then the lego and finally with the pneumatic. Those are my fond memories when my brother and I would look into the booklet that came with the pneumatic kit and finally actually build a working model of certain machines. It used to be fun.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
You're gonna have to describe what you mean by 'pneumatic' my friend. Do you mean a pneumatic drill? That's all I can think of lol.
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@anuraa32 (2452)
• India
4 Mar 13
Nope. It was a kind of a lego where you could build models of machines with the blocks and actually make them work. We actually built models of cranes etc. It was known as Pneumatic Kit. A aunt of mine who lives in Ohio brought it for us.
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Mar 13
I guess I just wasn't really interested. I didn't have dolls and stuff like that either, just books!
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
I had loads of books too and preferred teddy bears to dolls. For some reason I hated ALL dolls, even Pippa and Cindy that my friends would dress up. I'd write on mine and once I lined up some dolls along the couch and pushed them all off again, much to my Mum's astonishment. It gave ME lots of pleasure, however!
@marguicha (100410)
• Chile
3 Mar 13
I was never good with my hands. All I have learned to do with them has been done through teaching them painfully. Even typing now is a difficult thing. We did not have legos then, but other wooden blocks. They did not stay in place.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
3 Mar 13
You're doing an awesome job with your typing, I must say. The reason why I'm fairly good at it was it's something I learned at school. It came in handy later on when computers became more popular than typewriters. Mum must've had a 6th sense as it was she who advised me to go for typing as I was a bit indecisive as to what I should do (as in extra subjects) in my final two years at school.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 13
I loved lego, because I was an only child I had to entertain myself most of the time, and I used to spend hours and hours playing with my lego, I never ran out of things to do and build, I was given a meccano set, and I hated it, I think I had that many tantrums with it, most of the pieces ended up bent awry or lost or hoovered up. Do you remember stickle bricks? Not sure if they still have those, they didn't at the nurseries I worked at, but they were construction bricks a bit like velcro. Fond memories, I gave my lego away, and my train set!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
3 Mar 13
Yes, I do remember Stickle Bricks, come to think of it. Kids would stick them to other kids instead of bricks to other bricks. They'd get full of hair and allsorts, bloody horrible things lol. Fuzzy Felt was a good one and my brother cheated in lots of games, including Monopoly and DRAUGHTS! Even Snakes & Ladders he would cheat at. Because he couldn't solve the Rubik's Cube he'd take the stickers off and re-apply them and say, 'Look, I've done it!' Yeh, right! Believe me, being an only child isn't always a bad thing. One thing I did do a lot of was read. We had a certain teacher who loved to read to her class when I was about 10. She read both The Hobbit and Watership Down to us and I read them both roundabout that time. I've not read a book for years as I'm always on the internet or watching television or going out with Mum or John shopping, or cleaning. If I were 11 years old a Kindle or Nook would be the ideal present for me.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I loved building things as a kid. We had the common building toys like blocks and lincoln logs etc but I really loved building real things. I had several tree forts and I built a couple of underground forts that were very cool. I also built snow houses complete with a roof which my mother hated as she was always afraid that they would collapse on me. They never did.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
Oh my, stuff built to scale? How clever are you?
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
5 Mar 13
yes. It was so so much fun. Of course, that was back in the day when parents dared to let us use nails, hammers etc and let us be out of their sight for hours at a time. The underground fort was dug out near a river so the soil was actually like clay and I built shelves and a split level. Fun times.
@BarBaraPrz (20552)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Mar 13
I was very good at building things when I was a child, a teen, a young adult, into my middle age... Physical limitations have slowed me down now, though.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
What's the most elaborate thing you have built..or the biggest?
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@BarBaraPrz (20552)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Mar 13
hutch - I built this into a doorway.
I built this into a doorway between the pantry and dining room. The doors on the bottom are just for looks, covering up the backs of some cupboards in the pantry. (I just happened to have this photo handy.)
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I wasn't too bad. Didn't really like models with lots of little parts. Did like to build with blocks. I think I played with my sister's blocks more than she did. My folks didn't buy us toys with lots of little parts like Legos, or Lincoln Logs or Erector sets...
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
I've heard the term Erector Sets twice now. Is it the same as Meccano? Steel strips with holes in if I remember? I couldn't even follow a skirt pattern for sewing class at school. It took me 6 months to make a Gypsy skirt. The other girls had made way more things than me by that time.
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@BarBaraPrz (20552)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Mar 13
Yes, erector set = meccano.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Mar 13
..so he stuck the pilot on TOP of the cockpit. This made me laugh! It reminded me of the times when I was a kid and I would mis-match toys and have big action figures sitting on top of a plane or a car or a tank and pretend they were driving/piloting them. I think I was good at Lego though. The problem I had when I was young was that I didn't have enough of it.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 13
Sounds like a marvellous household to live in my friend! Just think, if mobile phones had been around when me and my brother were young..oh, the pics I'd have now..including the pilot on the cockpit.. CLASSIC!
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
4 Mar 13
I was good building with lego bricks, making shapes from paper and sewing I was better at these than my brothers but they were and still are much better at sports and social life than I ever am
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 13
We are all good at something my friend.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Mar 13
Dunno about when I was a child. We had legos or lincoln logs or something. But when Dearra was a baby, it was my job to build a castle, and her job to knock it down.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Mar 13
Logs are known as turds over here, which is why it made me laugh when I first read the term Lincoln Logs. As far as I know, it's something that didn't cross the Pond!
• China
4 Mar 13
Everybody has their strong points.For example,you are a good hand at cooking.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
Not yesterday I wasn't! There I was thinking I was added juices to my gravy and I'd forgotten that I'd put washing up liquid in the pan..and wondered why the gravy had loads of bubbles in it! Fortunately, I realised before doing any more damage but it was SUCH a stupid thing to do. I guess I wasn't in the mood for cooking.
• Greece
3 Mar 13
I was not good or interested in making models but I do remember with great affection a building set which comprised bricks,roofs,windows,etc and one could build up little houses with them in all manner of designs. I even remember the feel of these bricks, they were silky smooth and probably made of some kind of plaster. I have a feeling that the building set was a present from the States as we had a family friend living there who sent things to us when we were children in England. I spent many hours building and rebuilding these attractive little houses, I am surprised that it did not inspire me to become an architect!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
I think there was something similar shown on 'MayDay' last night on television. The houses looked so realistic!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Mar 13
hi Janey I had an erector set with steel pieces and I was great at making the most grotesque buildings that made everyone laugh but I would get upset when they teased too much and throw things at them.My son had leggos and made all sorts of fantastic things with them. The only problem with them are all the nasty sharp little pieces that the kids will forget to pick up then mom walks into the dark living room and ouch I stepped on one with bare feet. I never had anything hurt so badly . I yelled like a banshee and My husband came running and looked at my foot."Honey we need to get you to the ER.": We dropped off the kids at my moms and got to the ER. It was late so hardly anybody was there. the E R doctor stitched my cut foot up and gave me some pain pills to take when the numbing injection wore off.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
Hiya Hatley! Yes, Lego has to be the worst thing ever for the feet! That and the corners of doors. I catch my elbow A LOT on the corner of our dado rail in the living-room. This is one of the many reasons why I 'want shut' of it lol.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
3 Mar 13
I never did anything like building. My brother did, I remember he built me a tree house. Was like a bedroom here. But I could never do anything like him.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Mar 13
Oh my, how old was he when he built that? How clever!