Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Popsicle Sticks and Toothpicks

I love when my 15-year-old unplugs himself from the PS3 and the TV and hones his creative skills.

All week the bar in my kitchen has been littered with artistic debris. I surprised myself with my tolerance and pushed the mess aside whenever we needed the space.
Note the satellite dish and missiles.
Engineering is now his career of choice. (In years past Travis' aspirations included being an architect, an orthopedic surgeon, or a pilot.)

In the meantime, however, we have plenty of popsicle sticks and toothpicks to keep him occupied.

22 comments:

Tammy said...

I hear ya ! I love when my boys take a break from all their gaming systems and use their creativeness !! Love what they did with the popsicle sticks :)

Dean and Sheri said...

So this was just for fun? Just for the sake of creating? I love it!

Dixie Mom said...

If any teenager unplugs and crafts, I say....clear the entire room! Make way for a month if possible!
That's really great. Now see if he'd like to glitter or bedazzle it...that's what happens here. :)

Ginger said...

That's awesome! I love it!

Shannon said...

Does He go in spurts? Our guys here have totally been into paper airplanes the last few days. I made everyone pick up 5 to throw away on Saturday and there were still some left out. Don't know what sparks the creative/exploratory days but I sure love them, too.

Engineering is pretty popular at our house, too. Do you know that the high school has a whole course of concurrent enrollment classes from drafting on up? I think Erica is graduating with enough training to get a job as a CAD designer in May. Spencer is starting the process. Both have loved it so far.

Life is good! said...

isn't it amazing what can be done when not in front of the tv? i love your sons creativity. an engineer in the making.

2busy said...

So clever! Yeah, I love it when mine do something other than video games. It just makes a mama happy.

Marianne said...

Was this for a class or something, or did he just do it for fun??? That's a lot of work, and quite an amazing little tank!!

Good job, Travis!!

Julie said...

Completely just for fun!

Ailinh Harris said...

Wow. VERY creative, indeed! Who knew how many things you can make/do out of toothpicks and popsicle sticks. Genius!

Garden of Egan said...

He is a genius!
That is very clever. Leave it to a boy to come up with creativity involving weapons.

You are a SAINT! I'm not sure I could have been patient enough.

Cherie said...

He would get along great with my son!
I too love it when kids actually use their brains and creativity by their own choice!!
He made some cool stuff.

Lesa said...

I love it! He would get along with my boys too. I've had a box of Popsicle sticks setting on my counter like that too.

He did a great job, good job having tolerance :)

Kendra said...

Like my mom said, my little brother does the same thing! :)

Get project!

Marvett Smith said...

I think your son is a genius! This is fantastic!

Joy For Your Journey said...

Wow. That is very creative! Good job to him. And isn't it nice to have choices in what you want to be when you grow up!!

Lisa said...

Wow...that's really something. I am impressed he made a tank, but I am really impressed he chose to be creative all on his own. And great job to mom for providing the outlet!

Suzanne said...

Before you even said it I was thinking "an engineer in the making!" Two of my boys were just like that! (now an engineer and studying to be one!)

Lacy said...

This is AWESOME!!! I can't wait to show my 13 year old... he would love to do something like this :)

Happily Ever After Again said...

So cool!

Granny-Guru said...

This is so cool! My boys used to enjoy crafts. Now they're both software engineers.

Your son might also enjoy toothpick puzzles, since he has good spacial skills.

http://newgrandmas.com/frugalfriday/toothpick-puzzles-frugal-friday/

Hilary said...

Holy guacamole, that's AMAZING!