There are all sorts of things Nicky always seems to be busy building. We had just cleared most of the boxes away, and he was still building a house out of cushions and boxes, when we spotted a book at the library called “Flying High” which consisted of a whole bunch of flying objects you could make out of paper like paper aeroplanes and paper helicopters and we had fun making these.
The paper helicopters are really fun and simple to make. They are also featured in one of Nicky’s books, “Nicholas and the Wild Ones” where this little boy Nicholas teaches some bullies to make the helicopters so that they become more interested in having fun with these objects rather than hurting others.
The helicopter is actually really easy to make – you cut the ends of a paper in two halves and fold them in opposite directions. Then it twirls nicely down when you drop it. Nicky had so much fun letting it fall from dizzy heights.
We then put a string between two chairs, a straw on it and a balloon to deflate to imitate a jet plane. This was immense fun for him and we did it a few times.
This idea of having a plane move along a string between two objects continued on through more items he decided to build. He then decided to hook them up to two water bottles since I explained it couldn’t remain hooked up to the chairs forever since we needed to sit on them at the table.
After that he decided to hook them up to even bigger bottles.
He then ditched the balloon for a paper plane. Then he didn’t like that for some reason and tore it down for a cardboard one. Then the wings weren’t at the right angle so he took that one down and went back to paper.
Nicky then proceeded to build a whole “funfair” so that his toys could each have a ride on the plane. He also had his lego cars on exhibit with a sign saying “Cars closed. Door broken” since one of their doors had come off. (He found it later and then I had to do another sign saying “Cars exhibit open!”)
Also note that the people could climb onto the plane using a platform made of two ice cream containers (previously an invention of a container for a drink)
The toys also went on rides in the Air Patroller.
Making sure that everyone bought their ticket for the fair was Skye who sat behind a wall of lego. Of course there was one lego figure who tried to sneak in without a ticket and then he was caught and put in “jail” (i.e. wrapped in sticky tape). The longer piece of lego is, by the way, where the ticket comes out.
I’m sure there are more installments of how Nicky will play with what he builds and I’m always interested in what he comes up with. He sure is a creative kid.