lots of experimenting with endless combinations of cars and track configurations to see which cars can make it down the launch hill, through the loop, around the curve and over the jump.
genius way to keep them preoccupied for hours on end.
cosmojetz is a wind up toy designed by rio de janeiran chico bicalho as last piece in a series of available from kikkerland design. circa 2000, but for the life of me I can’t remember who gave it to me. someone who loves design! it’s been wound up and let go too many times to count and keeps going and going.
odin loves it. I’m never getting it back.
a mouse randomly moves around the house to this spot and that spot. next to the coffee pot, or the water filter, or the radio, or the tooth paste tube. it’s been happening for longer than i can remember. i think it’s odin’s funny way of reminding us he was there and thinking of us discovering the mouse in the house.
odin got a k’nex rollercoaster kit for christmas and we finally got around to putting it together . the kit has hundreds of interconnecting plastic rods and connectors and it was pretty intimidating to get started but odin made short work of it after getting the hang of how to read the instructions.
a few hours later and it’s was all done, complete with a motorized conveyor for the rollercoaster cart and plenty of loops and turns.
it certainly looked cool and it prompted me to wonder if i was witnessing the end of The Age of Legos which is pretty close to heresy in our house.
since i’m writing this post a month after building the coaster, i can tell you it definitely didn’t herald the end of legos. in fact, after a few hours of watching the coaster go round and round and round, odin abandoned it in favor of his beloved branded building blocks never to look back again.
i’m not sure why especially since odin claims to still like the toy even though he never plays with it. maybe because legos offer more open ended play?