Lego Love versus Virtual Games

I’ve loved Lego from as far back as I can remember, from time immemorial. My earliest memories of playing are pottering about with these colorful interlocking plastic bricks – I used to follow the directions given in the instruction manual to a T and end up fascinated with the result of my efforts, which would inevitably be exactly the same as those depicted in the manual. But be it the small moon glider (which ended up being my all-time favorite) or the more elaborate pirate boat on wheels (which took double the time to set up in my initial days), I would proudly prance around the house, pleased with myself no end and show it off to anybody and everybody who would care to listen.

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Such were life’s little pleasures in those days back then. But it’s when I look at my kids now that I realize what ‘generation gap’ actually means. Their ideas of having fun are pretty different (this article here pretty much sums up my thoughts on this subject). Our playtimes consisted of going out to play, taking the dog for a walk, playing hopscotch, hide and seek or Simon Says and then squealing in delight every now and then much to the chagrin of our moms, who would come running out into the courtyard to find out if we had scraped our knees or had a bad fall. The meaning of playing for my kids today is very different; they would much rather sit indoors glued to their tablets and play pet games with their virtual pets rather than actually play with their dog; Temple Run is another one of their favorites where they keep running on and on with no end in sight; what’s more, even comics are preferably read online now, rather than curling up with a paperback on the couch!

And hence my beloved Lego – even though my kids ‘inherited’ it from their grandparents – has been forced to take a backseat, relegated to the dusty corner right at the back of the shelf. It comes out only on those rare days when the entire family (wifey included) is at home together and we decide to spend some quality ‘family time’. Last time we did it was something like four months ago; the next time we’ll do it? I have no clue, since Pictionary seems to have taken over as the unanimous choice for our ‘family time’.

The other day I chanced upon an article online which rekindled my love for Lego – an easy tutorial on making edible stackable Lego gum candy! I was ecstatic and tried it out the first opportunity I got (which was the next evening). And though it didn’t turn out as good as the pictures in the article showed it to be, I loved the partially gooey colorful mass, and surprisingly, so did the kids! Here’s what goes into it:

  • Measure out half a cup of ice cold water and add one-fourth cup of corn syrup to it.
  • Stir the mixture thoroughly until the corn syrup dissolves.
  • Pour the mixture into a pot on the stove but don’t immediately turn on the heat.
  • Add two packs of unflavored gelatin.
  • Pour in the entire box of JELL-O and let absorb into water for a few minutes until the gelatin gets completely mixed in.
  • Set your stove to medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes; stir the soon-to-be candy mixture constantly.
  • Once the gelatin is liquefied, you know the mixture is ready; pour it directly into the Lego molds.
  • Leave it undisturbed for 5-6 hours and your candy is all ready to be played with and eventually eaten!

Here’s the video tutorial of the process for a better idea of how the entire process is carried out.

I plan to try it out again soon and hopefully do a better job out of it!

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