Meet MacGyver

March 23, 2010

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My son MacGyver, age 6, pretty much makes something out of nothing every day of his life.  When he was about age three we started noticing his Lego airplanes were pretty darn impressive.  But hey, I can only make square houses with the Legos so what do I know?


Then he started making “stuff.” He can literally make something out of nothing. This airplane started out as a 3×5 index card MacGyver found in our home office, (age 5). I’m amazed what he can do with a roll of clear tape!


Almost two years ago, we moved into a home built in 1952.  Left behind in our “new” garage was a work bench and a stock pile of 50 years worth of workshop junk (screws, nuts & bolts, wires, tiny lights, hinges . . .).  Above is a lizard that is made out of some metal junk and wires. I love this little bunch of junk!


Between our home school stash, recycle bin and his workshop junk, MacGyver has just about died and gone to heaven.  Each day he heads out the back door and before long he’s back with a new creation. He just can’t help himself; his brain is incredibly spatial and full of never ending inventions. A couple of weeks ago, he made a little lizard house. Now he’s just waiting for a lizard to find it and live in it.


Here is a box of his creations. Wait there’s more; much, much, more . . .


Our dining room table and his entire room is an ongoing creative disaster (not to mention all of the trash he drags around our yard).  During our time together, we’ll experience some of his one-of-a-kind designs.  No MacGyver is not his real name, but if you’re the right age you have a good idea of why we have adopted it as his nickname.


Read on  for part two of Meet MacGyver.  There’s much more to this vibrant personality.

Book Note:Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner


Skippyjon Jones

For a glimpse into MacGyver’s world you might want to read Skippyjon Jones.

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Ross March 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Ha! I love that kid. tell him and the other little stinker that I miss them. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be… :)

Jessica @ Mother of Action August 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

What a creative mind!!! Love it! I know your days are filled with wonder and excitement! :) Thank you for sharing. Awesome kid.

Jennifer August 12, 2010 at 7:46 am

I know exactly why you call him MacGyver! It fits perfectly! It doesn’t take much to figure out that he’s a tactile kinesthetic learner who learns hands-on and by moving around!

Thank you for sharing! I love the pictures!


Stef - August 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

I loved that show – with a toothpick, piece of gum, and bamboo he made a cruise ship.

thanks – for sharing. I love the tactile side of boys! great photo!
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Joelle August 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

That is just great! I used to so love Mac Gyver, so yeah. . .

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