His elder brother would probably be in the picture if he was at home when I took this picture.
These Duplos were the only toys they had when we moved over to the States 10 months ago and his elder brother played with them since he was 2.
They played Minecraft, building zombies and houses.
They built futuristic planes, weapons, bazooka and night vision googles.
They built things we never knew existed and they held web conferences with my family back home to narrate the stories behind their creation.
But last month I relented and I bought them new Legos, that is, after 9 months of playing with Duplos.
It was liberation for me, to be finally coming out of sales detox ! yeah !
The boys were thrilled with their new Lego, they stayed up late and woke up early to get their new Lego set fixed.
Yet, the creative part about playing with Lego is to deconstruct reality and create one’s own vision of that reality
The Lego blocks are just an extension of the builder’s imagination, an expression of his creativity
So unless one doesn’t give a hoot about wrecking what had been painstakingly built, playing with the nice expensive Lego sets doesn’t really foster real creativity and imagination
With all these Lego box sets, creativity stops at the Lego designer’s table where all these fanciful design and themes are churned out.
I have to confess that I used to be the one who was anal about taking care of the built up Lego sets, which means that they were only good for one thing, display.
And since my boys still couldn’t bear to wreck what they had painstakingly built, they ended up going back to playing with their Duplos .
And they are happy doing that.
I think I just lost one reason to go shopping.
P/s : This post was inspired by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s Toy Story
Do you have a toy story to share ?