As often is the case, I’m at home, with my kids, and they’re bored. One fact that I’m intimately familiar with, is that a child’s imagination is more active with less stimulus. Thus, if you leave a kid bored long enough, they’ll find something entertaining, and not wish to stop. (My fondest childhood memories came from pure boredom, BB + empty parking lot= hours of fun.) Today, I joined the kids in their not-so-boredom…
Other than equipping my son for imaginary battle, I decided that the lego scene needed a fresh perspective. Sure, the kids have fun with knights, kings, queens, etc… but it gets repetitive after a while. I decided to build a starship.
Okay, not just any starship. It had to be able to actually DO stuff. Anything can fly, have guns, rockets, etc. I decided to go Firefly-style and build a cargo ship. It had to have room to move several things, so the kids could ‘transport’ their knights, horses, jeeps, etc. to other planets!
Sure, it’s got dual hyper-space engines on the wings, with a cockpit and airlock, but the true secret to a cargo ship’s imagination-generation engine is ACCESS. So we’ve got a rear door that opens for loading/unloading (or even airborne emergencies) but we’ve also got an opening roof, so the kids can get full access to the inside.
Top it off with crew space, instrument panels, and a little buggy, and we’ve got the makings of a real fun time. Heck, I might even select a few selective age-appropriate Firefly episodes that we can watch!