After making numerous models of robots using his Lego Mindstorms NXT set, my 6 years old has taken a special interest in keeping records of his achievements.
All over the house are papers just like these (above).
Some were painstakingly created to list the components required and sequence for making a special robot that he has invented. I have since lost count of the numbers. Over 30 maybe?
To make a new robot, he will have to destroy the current one as he normally requires most parts in the Mindstorms NXT set and we have only one robot brain from the set. As a result, the only proof of the robots' existence are some amateurish photos and videos of selected models. We should really make more of such videos! (E, are you reading??)
I really like his initiative to record his designs. It's such a good habit since it will help him remember the parts that he had used for a particular design, should he wish to remake it.
Hobby aside, this is also great practice for honing the other academic related skills, without having to whip out any assessment books. :>
One of his sources of inspiration.
Usually, after he finished a model and made it work, he would demonstrate it to whatever audience he could find in the household, giving a superb presentation which could last forever if we would lend the listening ear.
If I were him, I probably would not want to ever dismantle something so precious, especially after hours of hard work. I would want to admire them over and over for the longest time possible.
But there lies the difference between us. He is not like me.
The moment he has done his 'show-and-tell', he has already set new targets to aim for - the next, even more mighty robot to create and conquer.
This is the attitude which I adore in him.
If only I can channel more of it towards some other areas. I am working on it.