Today's picture was taken in 1924, and it shows a child playing with an erector set. I can remember having an erector set as a child, and it was my all time favorite toy. It was basically a set of metal beams, cogs, pulleys, gears and other mechanical elements from which you could build your own toys. It required imagination and careful thought. To me it was the ideal toy.
If you followed the blog, you remember my efforts recently to help some children in Africa by getting them a water well, and a chicken coop. The lovely Ms. EAM called on the children yesterday to see how things were going. One of the things she found is that one of the children had taken scrap building material from the chicken coop and had built himself a toy truck.
When I first saw it I found it heart breaking becuse it as such a poor looking toy. Then I started looking at it in more detail, and saw the boy had really put some thought into it. You can see it is made of wire, sheet metal and bottle caps. He has made it with a push stick, so he does not have to stoop over to push it. Then he has designed it where the push stick is connected to the front wheel axle, so that as he twists the push stick, the front tires are steered. If you click on the picture for a larger view you will see that this is a dump truck, and the back end where the sheet metal is will actually dump.
I can just imagine this little boy staying awake at night in his bed thinking about his design and what he would do with it the next day. Lets keep our eyes on this young man . . . maybe an engineer in the making.
Also, I am pleased to announce that Chickie Town, East Africa Edition now officially has chickens. They have the initial installment of 20 chickens. The chickens are not laying eggs yet, as they are young, but we are all eagerly awaiting news of the first eggs.