I don’t know about you, but my children insist on spending all their money on small, sharp bits of multi-colored plastic which they like to spread across the floor of their bedrooms, on the stairs and other unexpected places in the hope of catching their father in barefeet. However, it turns out that the primary function of these plastic death bits is for use as a construction material, and not to torture adults. For the uninitiated, these very expensive domestic landmines are known as Legos, and children can actually piece them together into elaborate toys and models.
This recent epiphany came thanks to David Lipkowitz’s book, The Lego Ideas Book. This fantastic guide to Legos gives ideas and tips on how to build sturdy, attractive and creative models. My children enjoyed it. Gone are the days of scattered pieces across the floor, drawing blood. Now they can be found displayed attractively in spaceships, castles, dinosaurs, giant squid and other models inspired by this excellent book.
Check it out. You owe it to your feet.