This past week we've done a few "Architectural tours" around town. The boys have taken pictures of things they deem interesting & then they've come home to draw their discoveries.
They've especially enjoyed using a glue gun with their blocks. Part of me wants to "save" their toys for their intended purpose, & I have to remind myself that this IS their intended purpose. I start to worry about having a large permanent art installment in my home that they'll never, ever want me to throw away. Then I remember this is the perfect use for all those clutter-y extra bits.
Today they made a ship with smoke stacks & ropes for tugging, an airport with air traffic control towers, & Santa's village. I'm fascinated at how collaborative this is, "I have an idea! Free, can I add sign to your store?" "Sure. I'm just going to glue a light onto your tower." I think knowing the glue gun is dangerous (& so, in danger of being taken away) helps them to move slowly & focus.
I love the little "Kisses" shop with the kiss roof, the little fish for the "Fish Market" & the placement of the Indian Elephant. Just because.
Some of the boy's pictures from town:
arched gate w/ brick
variegated roof + curved red tile shingles
carved adobe + trim + towers / turrets
These are all very "California Spanish." We also looked for details reminiscent of home back East:
dormers + scrolled sign holders
I can't wait to until it really warms up. Then we'll head to San Francisco & I'll show them the city how I know it: with a camera, Sharpies & a notebook, plus enough change to hop on & off the Muni bus.