Tag: play

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration

Magic Happens Beyond the Instructions

Instructions

One of the saddest things I’ve heard lately is that kids no longer know how to play with Lego. Today’s kids get the sets, build them according to the instructions, and then move on to the next thing. They don’t build their own things. They don’t take the parts and throw them into a big …

Benefits of Play

The Day the Toys Died (An Obituary for Toys R Us and Play)

Toys R Us

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching the declining fortunes of Toys R Us. Well, really I’ve been watching for years. The chain has been in trouble since a leveraged buyout saddled it with billions in debt – money it couldn’t recoup through declining sales. The bloodletting worsened in recent months with Toys R …

Benefits of Play, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego

Why I’d Rather Play Like a European

Play Like a European

I hear you: What the hell is this woman rambling on about now? What is this, “Play like a European business?” Stick with me and you’ll see. First, a couple of definitions: In board games, a distinction is drawn between “Ameritrash” games and Eurogames. While the differences can be nuanced (and vary from person to …

Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Random Generalizations & Observations

Not Every Girl Aspires to Geekdom

Geek painting

Ever since I stepped into the Lego gender war by openly admitting my love for the Friends line of products and embracing those elements in my own builds, I’ve been fascinated by the controversy these little bricks have engendered. I spend an inordinate amount of time reading articles about the pink ghetto and the unequal treatment …

Benefits of Play, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Turning Research Into Play

Research play

When you say the word “Research” to many writers (particularly writers of fiction), you’ll get a moan or an eye roll. For many, research is the least pleasant part of writing. Many writers would rather get on to the fun stuff of stringing words together and creating worlds than dwell on pesky things like geography, …