I stumbled upon a new blog The Map Is Not the Territory through the Math Blog Hop that I sometimes follow if I have time. Malke and her daughter were building amazing structures with straws and pipe cleaners, and it was one of those ideas that I just had to try. So late at night I got out straws and pipe cleaners and built Anna this cube. I was very curious to see what she will decide to do with it. In no time at all she pulled it apart to see how it was done and tried to build something of her own. I had to give her a lot of help in the beginning, and she was mostly sticking with 2D shapes. One day she disappeared with her “building kit” for an hour and finally started to fuss. It turned out that she really wanted to build a soccer goal post, but didn’t know how. We started by looking at the pictures on the Internet and then brainstorming together to decide what sizes we needed and how they should fit together. Then this goal post was constructed, and Anna insisted that it should have a net. That’s where I regretted that I don’t know how to crochet, because it would be neat to have a crocheted net. We went with paper instead, and, being 3D challenged, I was struggling mightily to figure out how the paper should fit over the structure. I decided that I should demonstrate a lesson in figuring things out and perseverance, and I did put it together eventually. Anna took a look and informed me that I put the net on the wrong side of the goal post – oops! She still assured me that she loves her goal post and planned a big soccer game with her stuffed animals that is yet to happen. Apparently, stuffed animals first need to get uniforms – and I didn’t have time to even think about them yet.