March 18, 2004

imaginative knex

(warning: mild bodily function talk ahead)

Damian goes through short phases of interest in mechanics: creating lego towers and block walls, followed by long fallow periods. Right now he's into Kid Knex, which are like tinkertoys but plastic and easier as well as more expressive. He looks at the illustrations that came with the box and puts together his variants on the images. It's very cool.

Well, Monday morning while Damian was off at school Dan told me to come take a look at what Damian had done.

Here's the original illustration:


A simple stick figure person, right?

Here's what he did:


He added eyes, making it more human. He also added... um, what's that yellow thing sticking out? Hmm. He made the person male, didn't he?

We got a giggle out of it. It seemed like a developmentally appropriate interest. But what was that contraption below the guy? What did Damian have in mind?

When Damian got home that afternoon, he told me that he'd built something he wanted to show me. That it was a person peeing. The contraption? A toilet. See those blue wedges? Water splashing up. The yellow rods? Pee. The other rods? Well, he ran out of yellow.

This is even more developmentally appropriate. He's never gone through that poopyhead joke phase. I think this is his more inventive version thereof. I'm tickled pink. Or is that yellow?

Posted by Tamar at March 18, 2004 10:21 PM

That's really cool. One of the special joys of having atypical kids is that they think and create just a touch askew from the cookie-cutter model. So he gets his age-appropriate poop joke and makes a really amazing sculpture to go with it.

Posted by: Cait at March 20, 2004 06:35 PM

I almost spit on the computer screen, I was laughing so hard.
That's a wonderful creation!!
(I'll be giggling for hours over this one...)

Posted by: darby at March 20, 2004 07:47 PM