Tag: toys

Hobbies, Personal

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 …

Reading, Writing

How to Build a Writer

Build a writer

The other day a friend asked me, “How do I turn my kid into a writer?” After wondering why anyone would want to build a writer (there’s very little money in it for most writers, after all, and a whole lot of rejection and pain) I gave the question some thought. And I didn’t have much …

Creativity, Hobbies, Personal, Play

Am I a Feminist Failure for Liking Lego Friends?

better writing

If you read my blog and social media postings regularly, it’s no secret that I’m a Lego nerd. I’ve played with the toys since I was a kid, back in the days when all you could buy was a box of bricks. I took a break from Lego while I was busy starting a career …

Hobbies, Play

Which Forms of Play Are Acceptable For Adults?

Play toy

This post is not a scientific study of which forms of play are truly acceptable for adults. First of all, I don’t have the resources to conduct a real study. But more importantly, why bother? I don’t say that to be flippant (well, not totally, anyway) but to seriously pose the question: Why bother to …

Fun, Play

How Did I Forget to Have Fun?

Fun Stuffed Bear

I recently spent some time cleaning out my parent’s attic and sorting through the remains of my childhood toys. Lego, action figures, dolls, Weebles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hot Wheels, and stuffed animals dominated, although there were also plenty of games and puzzles. Even some of my bath toys survived! When I looked through the piles, …