For those with kids (or are big kids themselves), it ’tis the season for bulky toy catalogues!
Other than living a second childhood, I find one other particular benefit of looking through the acres of pages: toy after wooden toy that I see, not to buy, but that I can use as a source of ideas for ones I can make.
Following a plan, the step by step in a book is fine, but I don’t get anywhere near the same satisfaction that I get by coming up with the method myself, even if the actual product concept is sourced from an existing product. It will often be that the end result doesn’t look much like the product that inspired it in any case. The last batch of toy kitchens is one such example. At first glance it looked something like those in the toy catalogues, but the devil is in the details.
My interpretation is below
Some toys are just so over-engineered, they engineer all the imagination out of play. Especially the plastic fantastic ones. Well made wooden toys benefit both from very durable (to the point of being able to be handed down the generations) they have great tactility and physical presence.
Back to the catalogues for me.
Ooh – a lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon. I’m sure my 5yr old daughter would love that. If not, shame it can’t be returned once opened!