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Bear Gets a Ride

Bear Gets a Ride, originally uploaded by whiteafrican.

One of the benefits of being a consultant is that I get to make more of my own hours. This afternoon I carved out some time to spend with one of my daughters to build this contraption on wheels.

I’m not sure how to describe it, but it was fun to build…

Meredith's CarWe took a kit for a “make your own design” car with some wood, screws, axles and wheels. Then, I used an airplane engine that runs off a battery to give it forward motion. Why get all messy with glue? Just use rubber bands! 🙂

I’ve also taken to collecting Lego kits and building them with the girls. I know it doesn’t fit the mold for “girl stuff”, but it’s something that we can spend time together on and we all have a lot of fun doing it.


  1. I’d love to see a short YouTube video of it in action.

  2. “Girl’s stuff” hurumpf!

    Actually, I know it’s a complicated subject. Many people are interested for more men elementary school teachers. I for one think kids would benefit not only with more male interaction, but also from seeing adult men and women working together collaboratively. But there are all sorts of reasons we don’t see more guys going into teaching in the elementary school.

    When I was a kid my mother made stuff for us and with us. One of the great things is that by the time I was 9 or 10, she’d just tell me to make the things I wanted and then get out of the way. All of my siblings, both girls and boys are happy we grew up making things.

  3. Joe – I might do that. 🙂

    John – I was conscious of using that phrase, thus the quotes. The girls love to make things, I think it’s good that they get exposed to building things outside of the whatever the norm is. They’re incredibly inventive and come up with some pretty good ideas all on their own.

  4. Hash – I can see you are already training the future editors for Afrigadget.com. Good work! 😀

  5. “Girls stuff” – Hash what is that? May your girls will grow up to be rocket scientists or aviation designers/ engineers – not traditionally “girls stuff” but this is 2007? Looks good – wish I had it:)

  6. I love it! Build me one too! That reminds me of something dad would have done with us. Poo on “girl stuff” it’s over rated anyways. Plus the girls already get enough of that from their aunts.

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