The only time I've ever really played with Meccano was at school when I was around 10 or 11. One afternoon each week we'd split into groups to do various activities - baking, board games, Lego, or (drum roll) Meccano!
The brief with the Meccano was to build something related to whatever topic we were currently studying. One (term/week/day - really can't remember which) the topic was 'flight' (or something similar. It was a long time ago!), but one boy decided what he'd actually quite like to build that afternoon was a car. When someone pointed out that the teacher wasn't going to be very happy, he quickly added some helicopter blades to the top.
The teacher, not being a complete idiot, spotted that the boy had completely ignored her instructions and was indeed not very happy.
On Fridays there was assembly which the entire school attended, and for some reason Class 4 always took whatever they'd built that week into assembly to show everyone. Of course the boy took his helicopter-car.
Assembly was being lead by the headteacher. The boy stood at the front, held up his car and showed everyone. The headteacher LOVED it. 'I wish I had a helicopter mode for my car for when I was stuck in traffic jams,' she cried in delight.
This tale doesn't really have anything to do with the sets that Meccano kindly sent out to us to try out, but it has amused me for two decades so I thought I'd share.
|The goods are divided|
Testing out the goods are Bumblebee (yellow, aged 4) and Luke (blue, aged 2), and a baby. None of whom are in the intended '5+' category, but that didn't stop us having a lot of fun.
After an enthusiastic disagreement over who got which screwdriver (there was an identical red one in each set we were given, but that didn't stop both boys wanting the same one), there was a little confusion over what to do. Bumblebee went straight to the instructions, but was a little confused.
Baby fared even worse...
|A reminder of my lovely summer job building microwaves.|
I say 'simpler' but I actually prefer these models to the instructed ones as the children are using that now chiefly underused item in these days of computer games: 'imagination'.
|All the Meccano combined.|
|Don't be fooled - despite sitting, posing with the screwdriver, this boy did not make this car.|