Gift ideas for 6 (almost 7) year old boy - VERY creative.

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Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Have four grandchildren. Ages (little over) 1 year; (almost) 3; almost 5 and almost 7. My seven year old grandson is very creative. Give him some play-dough and it's amazing the things he makes; along with the use of colors. Definitely a gifted child. Takes after me - no doubt. ")

Thought about getting him a 3D Pen. But they are similar to Hot Melt Glue guns. And they're probably rated for children a little older. Well, he's ahead of his class in just about everything, so I don't think this is a terrible idea, but I am concerned about the other children getting their hands on it and then getting burned. DEFINITELY don't want that.

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas, suggestions that may be similar in nature, making stuff and such, but without the use of hot plastics. He has TONS of Lego's, other magnetic construction sets and snap-together things. What he makes with them is also impressive. His younger brother is also creative, but not on his level. I'm probably going to stick with more traditional gifts for the younger three. I'm primarily focused on the oldest and his level of creativity. Sculpting is one thing he's shown a lot of talent for.

Any ideas?
 

bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

How is the boy with tools?
I have been on a sculpting course that used ytong as stone to work with.
You have special saws for it and you can use a chisel and a small hammer to cut pieces of the stone.
Also a grater can be used easely on the ytong block.
I made a cat from the ytong block.
The final result was this:

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Bertus
 

MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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One thing that has not only stood the test of time, and evolved over the many decades, but I know it definitely had influence on my early learning was/is Meccano erector set.
Now not quite the simple concept that I knew, but the basics are the same and has evidently evolved to include some modern technology, by the look of it.
From 1898 origins, ~six generations!.
Max.
 
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Tonyr1084

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Meccano erector set
WHOLLY CHIT! I thought the erector set was a long gone thing of the past.

https://www.amazon.com/Meccano-Erector-Construction-Building-Education/dp/B01F8UG67M/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Meccano+erector+set&qid=1567718589&s=gateway&sr=8-4

Looking at the title, this almost belongs in the jokes thread. In particular they say
"Meccano Erector Super Construction 25-in-1 Building Set, 638 Parts, for Ages 10+, STEAM Education Toy" Focus on the "STEAM" Further down they describe it as being a part of the STEM - - - but yeah! I think (maybe I think too much, but I think) he might be ready for something like this. I'll have to discuss it with his father and see whether they will be able to supervise his activities because his little brother wants to be just like the big brother. They don't compete but Bram wants to do everything Clark does. And Bram is showing signs of creativity too.

Thanks so much Max. I almost want one just for myself. Or maybe I can keep it here and when I'm not playing with it Clark can. AWESOME SUGGESTION!
 

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Tonyr1084

Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Hello,

How is the boy with tools?
I have been on a sculpting course that used ytong as stone to work with.
You have special saws for it and you can use a chisel and a small hammer to cut pieces of the stone.
Also a grater can be used easely on the ytong block.
I made a cat from the ytong block.
The final result was this:

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Bertus
I would suspect Clark would be pretty good with this too. However, I think my daughter would probably kill me for the mess that will be made. BTW, that's a pretty cool cat. My wife would like that. Great idea too. Thanks.
 

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Tonyr1084

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Have been thinking about model rocketry. The construction might be a bit beyond his years, but I could make them, let them choose the paint colors for their rockets and let them place the decals on the rockets. Did that with my kids when they were small.

Funny (true) story (might even be in the jokes thread); my daughter was crying because she couldn't catch her rocket. The older, taller kids kept catching the rockets as they came down. So I made everyone sit under the tree while she and I went out in the field. Had my oldest boy fire the rocket. All afternoon we'd been launching by the western goal line of the high school football field. All afternoon the rockets had been coming down about the 25 yard line from the east goal. So there we are, just the two of us. The rocket takes off. Starts drifting down toward the west goal line. I had to scoop her up and dash the 75 yards with a little girl tucked under my arm like a football. Keep in mind she'd been in tears for not catching her rocket. I made the dash and we got there JUST as the rocket reached the ground. She caught her rocket. She went to tears over it. I asked "What's the matter now?" She said "Nothing. I'm Happy."

Just one of the memories I'll keep to the grave. I hope. I hope not too soon.
 
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