Saturday, August 23, 2008

Did you hear the one about the wooden train?

... it wouldn't go!

Yesterday's train theme unexpectedly ran through to today.

The wee wooden trainset from Sainsburys provides much amusement for Littl'un during the day when she's across in Gloucester. But once she's in bed, the adults get to have fun.

All the parts had been used to make a gigantic affair before bedtime. And the comment was made that the exciting parts were the bridges and level crossings, whereas the straight bits in-between were duller.

So I challenged those remaining downstairs (while I did stories and settled Littl'un) to improve its excitement density. You know that I mean? To eliminate as many of the dull parts and make the remainder a thrill a minute.

Little did I know how seriously they'd take the challenge. Nor how great an excitement density coefficient they'd achieve, by even making the spare straight rails and boxes into bridges.

A wooden trainset with a high excitement density coefficient

Fun too as three adults crawled over the floor to get a photograph of their creation.

I'll add any better shots (from the grown-up cameras) if they become available.

In the meantime, it's ok to consider us all mad - we must need the holiday!


Harrison said...

Utterly Glorious.

adam turks said...

I knew I wasn't the only one who did this

Alan in Belfast said...

Yesterday, the big children pulled off an even tighter layout ... huge improvement - iterative design in action (though with only half a retrospective).