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Feb 20, 2012

Fascination for Cars 2: for him, not for me

We celebrated Daniel's 4th birthday a few weeks ago, and Daniel received 2 sets of Lego for gifts. One was for a rocket ship, the other one was for the characters of the movie Cars 2.

Daniel loves construction toys, and even though the Legos were meant to be for 7-9 year olds, they were perfect for him. He spent a weekend avidly building all the pieces, and was so excited when he could start playing with all the characters. He had seen Cars 2 a few months before and had a vague recollection of the story. Having built all the characters he was very interested in the movie again. We started showing him a few key scenes that worked for his set, and soon enough he was reenacting the scene over and over with his toys. We ended up watching the entire movie a few times over the course of the last few weeks. Now, Daniel has a lot of ideas on how to replay and enhance the story of the movie. And he is including other sets of toys he finds around him. These stories never end!

I love the idea of Daniel being so focused on one thing at a time (something usually quite challenging given that he has so much energy). And I love that he comes up with all these ideas to reenact the story. I think it's a good way for him to process the complexity of situations and to come up with creative solutions on his own.... And he has shown a lot of creativity! Also, it's a great way for him to learn the basics of building things.
For some reason, I am not a fan of the movie in the first place, and I really can't get myself to be excited about Daniel's stories. I don't want to discourage him, but wow, it's really hard to not get bored after talking about Lightning McQueen and Mater for hours. Anyone has any ideas on how to deal with this? Has anyone been in a similar situation?

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