Friday, February 19

They've been at it at week

We let our boys take apart broken appliances. They LOVE this. I count it as part of their grand and beautiful education. When a boom box I've had since (muffled year) finally gave up the ghost, the boys saw it in the trash and claimed it as their own.
They've learned that boom boxes are made to be put together, not taken apart - but this has only heightened the intrigue and mystery. They've learned what makes the cassette doors open and holds them closed, how magnets come in to play and a million other little things I'm sure. Just about now, it's demolition is ready to be swept away for good but they have salvaged parts to build their robot using a knex motor. I can't wait to see it.

8 comments:

Diane said...

Was that "boom box" used to make "mix tapes"???? :O)

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Alison said...

I love this! It keeps them occupied, and teaches them life skills. My little brother took things apart for years and ended up learning a lot. He has now saved us so much expense by repairing dishwashers, computers, dvd players, etc... It comes in handy! :)

Joann said...

I love this! My friends let their son do this with every electronic in the house, some that were still working. He is now in school for engineering!

Katie said...

Are the girls allowed to join in?

blossomteacher said...

When you stop at a second hand store, inquire if they have any non-working electronics they will give you for free. My little brother loved to take apart electronics, and many second hand shops would give him things if they weren't working. He disassembled VCRs, computers, record players, rotary phones and even (very carefully, and with a lot of supervision!), an old TV. I think it helped contribute to the computer genius he is today.

Sarah said...

I love this! I have a 4 year old who is very hands on and keep telling myself I'm going to let him take apart broken appliances...he has already taken apart and reassembled a few things. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to go looking for something keep him busy this afternoon! Great pictures too!

Anna said...

It works for girls as well! I used to (and still do) take apart old clothes and put them back together as something else. It really helps with your patternmaking skills (and it's cheap). Kids should never be denied junk to take apart.

Hannah said...

Diane, I'm sure. I think I still have some mix tapes in the attic!
Alison, it will be nice when they can put their take apart skills to good use and fix things!
Joann, I always wonder how things like this will come into play later in life as a skill...
Katie, my gils have no interest whatsoever in unscrewing, getting cuts on their hands and banging things to pieces. Had they, however, they would be welcome to give it a go. I've often wished for the skills to fix an appliance!
Blossom - thanks for the idea! Lucky for them there's a broken double toaster waiting for them. Maybe I'll challenge them to fix it! Whatever holds the toast down, is broken.
Sarah, how did it go with the 4 yr. old?
Anna, I do the same things with clothing!