My Little Architect

building blocks toy sets

Constructing buildings with his toy building sets is an interesting activity to my little boy. When he was around two, he built random structures with his first building blocks set. In the next six months, he showed interest in learning the names of the buildings he saw on the roadsides, beginning with our apartment name and gradually became familiar with the names of the supermarkets we often visited. This learning extended to names of famous buildings like Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower. He once even made a sketch plan of a new Burj Khalifa on paper (well actually, a set of scribbling) along with his dad.

Parallely, for every new structure he created with the blocks, he assigned one of the building names he had learnt. Below is the very first of his named buildings.

burj khalifa in building blocks

Following the early building blocks, we began assembling a junior Lego set. It included an ATV, a gas station and a few Lego men. At two and a half, he watched me fix the Lego blocks (which incidentally happened almost every other day).

At three, he learned to construct the pre-defined structures looking at the images on the instruction manual. Now, at three and a half, he has begun free play, constructing his imaginative buildings with the tiny Lego pieces. What surprises me is the novel names he comes up with for each of his architecture. Yet more surprising is the logic he explains for the design of the buildings. That means, they aren’t pieces fixed together in a random way rather carefully built for a specific purpose.

Here are a few of his creations I managed to capture:

lego toys
I’ve never heard him say the word ‘telescope’ before. I assumed he must have picked it up by fluke. But when I asked him what his telescope tower does, he amazed me with his answer, that, children can see the stars and the moon through it. I still wonder from where he learned this, may be a Peppa Pig episode?
lego play set
Okay now, this is a real cool building. The grey structure on the top is a converter. It converts houseflies to butterflies. But why? Because he doesn’t like flies and Mama has said not to harm insects. So the only way out is to change them to butterflies.
lego blocks
Well, this is not a mere camera but a building which functions like a camera. He has devised a unique mechanical strategy for capturing pictures with this building, by pulling out one of the white parts on the top.
lego set
Don’t ask me what the herning building means. Neither do I know nor does he though he can explain if you come in person. And don’t get confused if he gives a brand new explanation the second time you ask about the same building, and one more the third time 😆 But one thing remains common in all his versions, that there’s no elevator or staircase in the herning building. Then how do people reach the top floor? – by climbing the Spiderman rope.

Children are amazing! So are their little brains.

There’s nothing to limit their creativity – a camera can become a building, a Spiderman web can become a staircase and organisms can change their species.

As parents, it isn’t enough to smile at their creations and say ‘Good job’. We need to get into their world; ask and explore the stories behind their creations – to make ourselves believe in the possibilities of the illogical, out-of-rules and beyond-human-thinking existences.

That’s what My Little Architect teaches me day after day!

I would be happy to hear the cute little creations your little buddies create. Do share them in the comments below and let’s drench in their impossibly-possible stories.

0 Replies to “My Little Architect”

  1. By converting flies into butterflies, 😊 he made a win-win solution of not hurting flies (because you said so) and not liking them. He’s creative indeed! Even I, as an adult can learn from him! Great boy! Great mind! Great parent for! 😊👍🏼

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