Boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. That leaves a whole lot of things open for interpretation, but one thing I know for sure is that if you like toys like LEGO, Duplo, and Fischertechnik, it does not matter what your gender is. While certain toys may be designed for specific ages, some people just never lose their fondness for these things.
If you are one of them, you probably have tried – at least once – to put the blocks and pieces together. Of course, different kinds of blocks will not fit others no matter how hard you try. They simply are designed differently. Still, that fact has not stopped many a child – or adult even – to at least try.
With this new project from from F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab, you just might find yourself creating something totally new and mind-blowing with LEGO, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. The project provides you with all the information that you need to create your own adapters to connect pieces from different brands to each other. Imagine the creations that you can come up with these adapters!
A strong believer in nurturing creativity in children, I think that the Free Universal Construction Kit is something that any parent ought to make a project out of, especially if the kids already have LEGO, Duplo, etc. Here’s a video giving an overview of the Free Universal Construction Kit.
Before you get all excited about buying the Free Universal Construction Kit, you ought to know that it is a DIY thing. The guys behind it have provided models and instructions so that you can create the adapters yourself. The trick is 3D printing. Here is a quick reference guide to the adapters for the different kinds of toys.
You can download this poster for better viewing at Free Art & Technology. You can also find out more about how to actually 3D print the adapters from that site. Have fun!