Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Zometool Meets Bam-Bam (a.k.a. #1)

made by #1 (Bam-Bam)
made by #2 (A different kind of Bam-Bam.... he just hides it better)

WITH: Zometool

Do you ever feel like you are one big phony?

I think lately, because of this one article that I wrote in Quartz (See: Parents Are Buying Their Kids All The Wrong Toys), people think my children are playing with wooden blocks, singing Christmas Carols, and sitting there writing quadratic equations on our magnetic chalkboard.

Well, I don't know... we do play with wooden blocks sometimes but more often, it's LEGO since they're older...  we do sing Christmas Carols, maybe once a year... but as far as quadratic equations go... I don't even think I could recognize one if I saw one and one of my kids is now having a tough time with math.

So here is our picture confessional. If you consider this normal, please share with your friends. If you think this is totally nuts, well, just don't call the cops, okay?

It's not a fairy wand.
I guess in this instance, it's not exactly a math toy.  But still, don't tell my son but I really like it!

Why can't he make something like this? This can't hurt anyone...  actually, he has made things like this but he's moving on...

gee whiz
Thanks to Mel for sending this.  Your son is a Bam-Bam too.

I got this but without the box.  Use the money save to buy more pieces.

Last year before he discovered Zometool can do way more than he ever imagined.

this kid loves directions.

Okay, so that was my "confessional."  But if there is any incentive for you to continue looking into toys as tools, think about this....  My son would do anything to play chess with his dad.  If he beats him, he feels like he is the king of the world.   And I know there are other boys who play with their dads and my son is friends with them.  But do they EVER play chess with each other?

OH PUHLEEZ.  It's just not going to happen.  That is another can of worms.   But just because there are all these cool toys at home that he loves but only brings Pokemon cards to playdates, never fear.  Your child's inner geek will eventually leak and when that happens he'll realize that it's okay.  It always was.

Wishing you awesome last minute shopping and please.... buy something for yourself and I don't mean a vacuum or a new toaster oven.  I'm talking about something that really makes you happy unless vacuuming is your thing...
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Read my full review of Zometool here!

Here is a purchase link for you last minute folks!   No judging!  I am one of them too. Zometool has gifts in all size from stocking stuffer to big kahuna gifts.  

 Click here to see my affiliate Red Hen Toys's awesome selection of Zometool

Currently, I find that their prices are better than Amazon and they have free shipping at $75.  Go for Creator 3. At the time of publication Creator 3 was $135 at Red Hen and on Amazon it was $283... who does that?  Anyway, Creator 1 is no longer enough for #1.....  then again, few things are enough for #1.  

By the way, I have recently declared that it is okay for parents to buy their own toys (oh, don't even go there).  This year, I bought my own LEGOs for the first time.  It was great.  Of course, it is now mixed in with theirs but still.  It was fun having my own "stash"   If you didn't have Zometool when you were a kid, there is no law that says you can't get them for yourself now!  I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a great "family toy"  just like "family games."

p.s. if you don't know who Bam-Bam is.... well, don't ask.. you'll depress me.

Disclosure:  Toys are Tools was not compensated by the manufacturer for the publication of this review.  The reviewed items were provided to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review.  Reviews are never promised. 



  1. I love your confessional. I also love your sons swords! Very elegant.

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