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Archive for January, 2010

Pinewood Derby!

I know I said I’d post more about Legos, but — with Cub Scout Pinewood Derby season — the official BSA Pinewood Derby site was just too tempting for this post!

I should start by saying that my Tiger Cub really enjoyed building his actual Pinewood Derby car!*

But leading up to his first race he also enjoyed surfing the Pinewood Derby site for ideas, pictures, etc.  Building a virtual car was a particularly favorite activity.  The graphics on the site are pretty cute, with each new phase of the “build” taking place behind dramatically closed garage doors.

Kids can also virtually build a space derby or a sailboat for a Rain Gutter Regatta.  And, no, this site isn’t just for boys, and it isn’t just for Cub Scouts.  Any child (and many a parent) will enjoy playing around here.

*Just a quick second of bragging rights: our Tiger Cub’s car won 2nd place among all the Tiger dens in his pack!  I don’t think his success had anything to do with surfing the Pinewood Derby website.  But spending time on the site and familiarizing himself with the cars, the race, etc, DID seem to help him enjoy the actual derby a bit more!

More model trains!

OK, my boys are officially addicted to watching model trains on YouTube, with a definite leaning towards LEGO trains.  I don’t know if  this latest obsession is leftover from the holiday season or just kids and trains, but in either case they love it!

Here is a cute one from the Great Western Lego Train Show:  (Soundtrack courtesy of The Dandy Warhols, and it doesn’t even make me nuts when they watch it 3 times in a row!)

Here’s another example, this time with music from Futurefunk.  Not quite as good as the first one, but pint-sized train or LEGO enthusiasts will like it.

More LEGO to come next week…