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When Angry Birds Attack Your Imagination

I’m not kidding. We were really excited to see a real-life version of the Angry Birds game, and so my daughter and I spent the better part of the Thanksgiving break doing something fun.

We built our own.

It’s not much to look at, I know. But it works.

During the process, I couldn’t help thinking about quality building time with children and the lessons they learn along the way.

At first, when she was an infant, it was blocks and stacks of pots and pans — these wobbly towers always on the brink of tumbling over. Puzzles, more blocks, craft paper handprint turkeys. It’s amazing what kids can do. Now, at 5, she’s old enough to not only envision some crazy contraptions but to also draw them out and help build them. She did a lot of the cutting, the gluing, the drilling and the screwing on this, and we were both proud of the finished product — mostly because it now allows us to kill so many sweet winter hours having fun with something we made together.

My mind raced with the things to come as she gets older. Tree houses. Soap box race cars. Pine wood derbies and dog houses — you name it. I can’t wait.

What’s the coolest project you’ve ever built with your kids, or what project can’t you wait to get started on some day?

I’ll start: A tree house. I’m almost positive it will fall to the ground and kill us both, but I think it’s almost time to start breaking out the hammers.

What’s yours?

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