Every once in a while, I sit in front of the computer with the boys, and surf Youtube for things that they are interested in.
Athos was reading a book about carnivorous plants so we found a clip showing a Venus Flytrap eating a bug (dastardly deed happens around 1:20). Both Athos and Porthos like using Jenga blocks to build a domino rally so we found some great clips of those, including one fantastic clip of three Japanese guys who use everything from CDs and videocassettes, to books and soap!
But by far the boys’ favourite is The Incredible Machine, a compilation of Rube Goldberg-inspired contraptions which are utterly useless and thoroughly creative
I’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve watched this (sometimes two or three times in a row). And each time leaves them wanting to try building one. So we’ve used marbles and ping pong balls, books, Jenga blocks, toilet rolls and every conceivable household object we can get our hands on. It makes a great mess in the living room and we don’t always get great results, but it’s a whole lot of fun!