This is one of the things in which David just shines. His brain is wired with all of the engineer/mechanic/scientific/analytical genes of his forebears, and he has a real gift for seeing something and being able to figure out how it works and how to replicate it. He had specific plans in his head, asking me to cut holes in particular spots for his towers to anchor through, and as he explained I realized that he could really see it, in detail, in his head. He built his rig complete with a helipad (he -- the child that seems barely able to pay attention to me through a whole sentence -- had even noticed that the helipad in one of the myriad pictures we looked at was "shaped like a stop sign"), railing, "signal thing" (radar), a cab for operating the drilling equipment, and even exercise machines and bunk beds (you can't see those two in the picture, he added them after I took the picture!). Watching him fascinates me just as much as everything else I learned today about the drilling/refining process!
David demonstrating a helicopter landing
David and his offshore oil rigAbigail is so funny. She made a basic rig and a helipad (perfectly appropriate for her age!), but then she made an "H"and an "L" out of blocks to signify "Helicopter" and "Land". That was the extent of her interest in building. She spent the rest of the time making up stories about what happened on her rig and helping her princesses visit the rig (though they weren't allowed on the helipad).
My kids never cease to amaze and delight me! I am so glad that they enjoy learning just as much as I do...because I'm having a blast!