Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trial and Error

"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.  You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always the something you were after."
J.R.R. Tolkien

So, what else is there to do when it is 3 million degrees outside, in the shade?  Play in the bathtub, of course!  The boys spent a good deal of the afternoon giving their Lego boats a try.  Aidan's boat, above, utilizes some pontoons (wine corks) for better flotation.  He came up with the clever idea of making special compartments for them below the boat after ruminating over the failure of his last endeavor, which used rubber bands to attach the pontoons.  We worked on the construction together and, believe you me, my brain was most definitely challenged by the idea.  There was a lot of assembling and disassembling before the final product was produced.  Something is still not right as, once floating, it likes to roll over on one side.  We're still scratching our heads on that one but now Aidan has something else to think on for awhile.

Twenty years from now, when they are engineers for some big think tank, I hope they will remember this day in the tub.

1 comment:

  1. How great is that??

    What a good idea: afternoon in the tub! :D It must be HOT every where!