If You Give a Kid a Wood Kit...

@Genipher (5148)
United States
April 27, 2016 11:47am CST
It's interesting how different kids can be. My daughter, A, and my son, B, each bought a $10 wood kit. A's was a "Bug Barn" and B's was a "Click Box". With much excitement they pulled out their pieces and their dad's drill. A, with a few tears and a lot of stubborn persistence, was able to assemble her creation and has since used it to house spiders. B eventually tossed aside his directions and decided to come up with his own design. He wanted to make a box to store things in. I suggested using the wood pieces to make one big box and then get a hinge to make a lid, but he just shrugged, "I'm going to try it my way." he said. The end result was a box that looked like it was going to fall apart but, amazingly enough, did its job! Now my other son, C, wants to build something (a wooden house) and I'm interested to find out if he'll be a rule-follower or an inventor. Which one are YOU?
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@MALUSE (31861)
• Denmark
27 Apr 16
Something in between. For example, I follow a recipe for some time and when I've understood it, I become creative. A woman living in our house is the creative kind. She built a cage for rabbits out of an old slatted frame of a bed without instructions. Admirable!
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@Genipher (5148)
• United States
27 Apr 16
I am definitely a rule-follower. If I don't follow a recipe, that recipe is doomed to failure. When I quilt, I have to follow the pattern. Otherwise, the quilt turns into cleaning scraps. I dream of being that person that can turn an old dresser or pallets into a rabbit hutch but, while I can see it in my mind, my hands just won't cooperate with the design. sigh. I, too, admire that person that can throw things together without a plan.
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@sol_cee (13228)
• Japan
28 Apr 16
@Genipher my friend can cook superb dishes by just looking at what's available inside the fridge.
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@Genipher (5148)
• United States
28 Apr 16
@sol_cee I hope your friend harnesses that super power for good, and not evil!
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@sol_cee (13228)
• Japan
28 Apr 16
There are a lot of tutorials on youtube kids can watch but then you ignore zuckerberg. lol
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@Genipher (5148)
• United States
28 Apr 16
Hey, I said I have a computer! Youtube technology has not been outlawed in our home. :) I watch all these neat videos on "how to"...but to actually DO them? Ug. Makes me tired just thinking about it. I'm still ignoring Zuckerberg though!
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@sol_cee (13228)
• Japan
28 Apr 16
@Genipher hahahaha I know you would react.
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@Genipher (5148)
• United States
28 Apr 16
@sol_cee Noooooo! I've become (gasp!) predictable!!
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@sishy7 (26765)
• Australia
28 Apr 16
Definitely a rule-follower. I have no creative bone in me and will be lost without direction. But somehow I end up having children who are all very artistic and creative...
@Genipher (5148)
• United States
28 Apr 16
I bet they'll grow up to do great things in this world. :)
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@sishy7 (26765)
• Australia
28 Apr 16
@Genipher My life revolves around helping them to be the best they can be...
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@Genipher (5148)
• United States
28 Apr 16
@sishy7 I believe that is a rewarding and wonderful ambition, training up and teaching our children to be their best. The best job in the world, I'd say!
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