My son designs and creates at least 1 new thing a day. Sometimes it is something little and sometimes it is a big production. We encourage him to do what he can on his own and help out when he needs it.
I was reading Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm. I came across a passage that said identifying his learning style will help me to help him. I read through a list and some descriptions. Nope. Nope. Nope. None of the learning styles described my son. Then at the bottom was spatial learners. Spatial learners are the builders. The ones with an innate understanding of physics and geometry.
I looked up and there was a castle constructed out of bins in our living room that went all the way down the hall. I could hear my son in the next room asking my husband to cut out a hexagon for him. Then I heard my son tell my husband that he had cut out an octagon, not a hexagon.
BINGO! We have a spatial learner!
I love that about him. Like I said, he creates at least 1 thing a day (and of course little sister is never far behind helping). I don’t have pictures of everything, but I thought it’d be fun to share a few things I do have pictures of.
A movie theater popcorn bag
A Ghostbuster Car
He “modified” our lawnmower to be a Paw Patrol 2000 dog poop picker upper.
A Dinosaur Corral
He put his sneakers on some rolling lego platforms to make skates.
He made my husband a Nintendo for his birthday. The inside is complete with video game accessories.
He fashioned some furniture and various pieces to create a sitting area and his own board game.
So yeah. I live with a 5 year old inventor, and it’s pretty awesome. I have no clue what he’s going to come up with next, but I can’t wait to find out.