We were recently invited to Pretend City in Irvine to see their new exhibit Ultimate Recycling Machine.
We were put in groups, given supplies and then challenged to build a roller coaster golf course. I work in construction and my kids think I actually build things so my son thought this was going to be a breeze for us. The pressure was on! At first we all seemed kind of lost and the kids ran around bringing all kids of materials. When I was overwhelmed with all the materials I put the kids to work on organizing the materials. That is when the creative juices came flowing! The kids started coming up with ideas, we settled on one, and got to work!
Then we tested and tested and tested! We had to make minor modifications and the kids succeeded! The smiles on their faces that they had built something themselves and it worked said it all. They felt accomplished!
Then it was nice for me to just sit back and watch them play with their creation. I think I have two engineers in my future!