Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Building Obsession

For the last year or so this little man has had one obsession...'building'. He has talked of building a boat for months and months. Initially we thought the phase would pass and so didn't take it very seriously, but let me tell you, this phase is not passing anytime soon. He could talk (and often does) for hours on end about how he is going to build his boat, house, castle, church etc etc.

I have known about Iggy Peck Architect for awhile and with all this talk of building not fading I felt it was time for MJ to read it. Well, my goodness, this book is studied every day without fail. A couple of weeks ago Nana (on the motorway) asked if she could read him his favourite book and it was this one he ran to get. He can't get enough of it and uses it as a technical guide to his building.

For his birthday he received some money, so on holiday I took him to a toy shop to spend some of it but we just couldn't find the right thing (that would fit in our suitcase), so I took him to a book/ stationary shop and he was like a kid in a sweet shop. Picking up sellotape, rubber bands, pens, get the idea. We finally settled on Magic tape and dispenser and felt tips. The roll of tape was finished within a week and the pens are used everyday for general plan/ instruction drawing.

Here he is building a church from plastic cups and his roll of sellotape.

An hour later we receive a delivery so he hijacks the box and begins his construction in the entrance hall, using more sellotape. I put an end to it when he asked for water to channel through his machine and the house!

Yesterday Lj and I were in the charity shop and saw this encyclopedia called 'Building', we knew he had to have it. He was delighted to receive it and after a quick flick he settled on the pages on mud construction. Next thing I knew he was in the garden constructing a mud house!

First attempt.


Second attempt. Filling the shuttering with mud.

He is learning by trial and error as he hates to be told but is happy to listen if he asks the questions first!


  1. Love it, go MJ!!

    love the artwork on that book too!

  2. I also love this. What a wonderful boy!