Loving Legos, Stuffed with Story for Holidays

1 11 2006

COOL Legos here to feast on, made for the love of it, and with love — of math.

My son loves Legos but not through love of math as much as power of story. The other day he freestyled a clever toothy crocodile, a red-feathered Peter Pan and huge-hatted Captain Hook from green, red, and white Legos, inspired after he stayed up all night to read “Peter Pan in Scarlet” which, if you haven’t heard, is the new authorized sequel to the Neverland story. In time for the holidays, when green, red and white can mean Christmas, not crocodiles. And as all those holiday feasts approach fraught with culture and tradition, here’s my own take on Legos power of story, made with love — of food!

“The Pasta God, Blind Faith in School and Juicy-Fruit Holiday Slobbers” starts with this:

Liza gave us little plastic bricks rather than edible eggs and peeps for Easter, but now the Pastafarians present (entirely in Legos) the amazing Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!


Thus edible faith has now been rendered in the true building blocks of the universe, Legos, which although not edible, do multiply miraculously like the symbolic foods of the faithful — Legos are limitless fishes and loaves in every room of OUR house, how about yours?”

and then it meanders through various morsels of meaning and palate “clarifiers” toward school reform as the out-of-season dessert most of us stay too stuffed with story to appreciate in any season:

“If I had a pomegranate for every time I’ve heard scornful schoolfolk and other literalists use “no, no, that’s comparing apples to oranges” as a new story or idea slap-down, I’d have . . . hmm . . . a veritable orchard of juicy ideas? . . .

Maybe we could look to those culture-clashing forebears of ours for a mid-story change in course that might lead to a happier ending?”

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1 05 2007
Homeschoolers Praying to Guns, God, Government As Trinity « Cocking A Snook!

[…] But now comes a special day for masses of children where the Governor himself will stamp prayer indelibly onto home education “passports”, and not on a weekend at his home but on a legislative workday at the Capitol, in front of all the lawmakers, not in a bunny suit but in his official governing suit and tie. Prayer flanked with tanks and guns for real action, followed by ambulances to mop up all the blood and waste, the way elephants are followed in parades. Talk about Power of Story! […]

22 12 2007
If You’re Here Fresh From “Unity-N-Diversity”. . . « Cocking A Snook!

[…] But now comes a special day for masses of children where the Governor himself will stamp prayer indelibly onto home education “passports”, and not on a weekend at his home but on a legislative workday at the Capitol, in front of all the lawmakers, not in a bunny suit but in his official governing suit and tie. Prayer flanked with tanks and guns for real action, followed by ambulances to mop up all the blood and waste, the way elephants are followed in parades. Talk about Power of Story! […]

28 01 2008
Play Well, Legos! That’s What I Call Creation Science and Change Theory « Cocking A Snook!

[…] not the first time I’ve had fun playing with Legos. But this story about the 50th birthday of the LEGO brick is a new plaything for me, deliciously […]

8 04 2009
Easter Classics: Hot Cross Buns, Edible Legos, Charlie Crist’s Egg Roll « Cocking A Snook!

[…] “Loving Legos, Stuffed with Story for Holidays” […]

6 09 2009
JJ

Cool! Legos make the front page of the NYT business section today with art:
Beyond the Blocks: Lego Has Rebuilt Itself, but Does It Risk Losing a Sense of Wonder?

I’ve just read the whole long piece aloud with my resident Lego expert, Young Son, and he says:

. . .there are four lines I’d really like them to bring back even temporarily so we could scoop them up, sort of a Golden Age thing. The Knights, the Cowboys, the Pirates and Johnny Thunder (who was supposed to be Indiana Jones and they wouldn’t have needed to sign a license for anything but the video game.)

The video games they’ve made so far — the two Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman — have been just ingenious at skewering the movies! All the cut scenes and even some of the gameplay does such a great job of mimicking and yet mocking the movie. . .

The thing I’ve always enjoyed is to see how they build the figures because face it, who wouldn’t find the Legos Sean Connery hilarious??

(He shows me the figure — he’s right. It’s adorable.)

Then he adds he’d like to see a Legos Lone Ranger tie-in. Which would be great because there’s no gun violence problem as discussed in the article, because the Lone Ranger never shoots to kill. Now he’s strolling around doing the Lone Ranger theme instrumentation at the top of his lungs. Don’t you just love unschooled kids who live inside their own intellectual spaces and love being there and sharing it with others? 😉

p.s. Ten minutes later Young Son came out of his room with an incredibly credible Lone Ranger, gloves and black mask and all, mounted on a heigh-ho Silver white horse . . .

(crossposted at Play Well Legos!)

31 12 2009
Sunday School Science Teacher Costing Schools Credibility and Cool Half-Million « Cocking A Snook!

[…] . .Legos are limitless fishes and loaves in every room of OUR house, how about […]

5 08 2011
Legos and Play Young-at-Heart, Young-at-Smart « Cocking A Snook!

[…] And when that gets you in the mood to think more about Legos and how we love them, you can go do reading for extra credit here and here. […]

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