Recently, when I was cleaning, I almost tossed the Tinker Toys, which the kids hadn’t used for over a year. They got them out today. Carlo made a “Toy-Picker-Upper.”  Anna made a “Bed-Maker.” They each demonstrated how they work.

The most impressive part: each takes far more effort to operate for its intended purpose than simply picking up toys and making beds would be, each of which are tasks that the kids loathe. 

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the national baseball writer for He writes about things other than sports at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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