Alex makes things. Making things is what Alex does. There is no inch of our house that is not strewn with tiny bits of construction paper and string. Our scotch tape budget would bankrupt Mitt Romney.
Her big thing right now is 3-D dioramas. Like this zoo habitat for a little plastic hippo:
Or this tiny, tiny village she started for Colin’s toy train set. The little houses are full 3-D constructions with walls, floor, and roof of construction paper. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the one in front even has a peaked roof. And check out the little station and platform.
The one she’s spent the most time on is this box-lid house:
I like the box-beds with stairs leading up, the bathing pool complete with towels, and of course, the tiny pipe-cleaner people with adjustable cardboard faces. And the garden beds. Alex informs me that the cardboard cylinder in the middle is supposed to be a chimney with blue smoke coming out the top; apparently, it tipped over before I took the picture.
Her mind is constantly working on these things. She says she wants to be an engineer when she grows up. While there have been many, many versions of her adult career ambitions so far, I do suspect that this is indeed what an engineer’s childhood might look like.
Edited to add: While I was uploading these pictures I happened to look down and see this sock doll, sort of under my desk. She made it only with cutting and tying – no sewing.