29 Jan 2014

Gravity Defying Builds

J fell in love with Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story since the moment he first saw the film. So taken is he by the Space Ranger, that most every waking moment is spent building spaceships to take him and Buzz into outer space. All sorts of construction materials go into making giant gravity defying builds that double up as rockets in pretend play.

Lego Duplo works wonderfully well as the pieces are a perfect size for little hands to grasp and build with. They have the added advantage of locking quite firmly into place, so that they can withstand the occasional gentle accidental push without instantly toppling over.

We are not particularly partial to Duplo. Mega bloks seem to do the trick just as well.

And then there is a huge set of unbranded foam bricks that Aaji (Grandma) sent over as a birthday present for when J turned two. They too work well to defy gravity. These blocks are very, very light. They are made of foam after all. They do not have anything to physically keep them in place or hold them together. It is all about gentle and careful placement, almost like building a house of cards. So it has taken J a little while to figure out just how much pressure he needs to apply to make these foam bricks stay together. And judging by how tall the latest anti-gravity project turned out, I think he is doing rather well.

His mother thinks the child is an architectural genius. For nobody defies gravity better than J does. Check out a couple of his latest builds and see what you think. "To infinity and beyond," surely!

Gravity Defying Build #1
Gravity Defying Build #2


Mini Creations

35 comments:

  1. My twins are almost 8 and still love their bricks, they are currently set out in a Moshi Monster house layout...

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    1. They are such a versatile source of entertainment.

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  2. Wow that is one tall tower!! I like the idea of foam blocks, I haven't come across them before so will keep my eyes open for them, thank you!

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    1. We got these sent over from India :-)

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  3. What a fantastic little engineer! The wooden block tower looks amazing!

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  4. Fab towers! We missed out on Duplo with our son but are enjoying embracing it with our daughter!

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    1. I enjoyed Lego when I was little. So had to introduce my son to the wonders of Lego Duplo too!

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  5. I love Buzz Lightyear too! And such brilliant towers your little one is building. You can't go wrong with bricks.

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    1. We all love Woody and Buzz in our house :)

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  6. They are great! Building tall towers is so much fun!

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  7. I'd like foam bricks for my little boy. He particularly likes knocking towers down :)

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    1. They really are fun. And don't hurt when stepped on!

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  8. Those are some pretty awesome builds! Not sure I could built a tower that tall! x

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    1. You have to be 2 to build them so well ;-)

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  9. That is a seriously impressive tower!

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  10. Lucas says - as an expert LEGO builder, I really have to give you HUGE applause for these fab constructions. These are so cool. I'm also a fan of Buzz Lightyear - he's such a dude. Hope J has become a member of the GL Gang. Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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    1. Thanks Lucas. That is high praise indeed :-D

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  11. Oh I much prefer Duplo to Mega Blocks. I prefer the feel of them, and how they fit together, but I guess they each have their fans xx

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    1. I think we like them all, just depends what mood we are in on the day :)

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  12. We love to play with bricks... they are such a creative toys and so simple... and they remind me of my own childhood

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    1. So very true Agata. They are timeless indeed.

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  13. My 7 and year and 17 month old both love lego and mega blocks! I don't so much when I tread on them

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    1. That's where the foam bricks come into their own. Pain-free!

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  14. F is 3 and adores Buzz and also loves his megablocks and lego. I would pretty impressed with the engineering on those builds! x

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  15. I can't wait until our little man is old enough to build things with his dad x

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    1. I am sure they will have lots of fun x

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  16. Yay for building blocks and imaginative play! :)

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