|March 26th, 2023|
While the special-purpose pieces are great, a lot of the fun has been in figuring out how to misuse them, or in adapting normal Duplos. Here's something I built yesterday that shows some of this:
For example, it starts with two straight marble pieces, intended to be flat but that can be convinced to sit at a steep angle:
Later it sends the marble through a bunch of pairs of smooth curved normal pieces:
It can also run along the tops of railing pairs, which even lets you do diagonals:
We also have a pair of slides from a playground kit, which are tricky to use well because the ball goes so fast. Here I've cheated a bit by having the ball slow way down when it hits the piece at the end of the slide; much better to do a little drop and keep that speed, if you can use it well:
I made an overly dramatic slow-motion video of it, set to one of the draft tracks from the live album Cecilia and I are Kickstarting:
 Something like this. The main downside is that the marble is a chokeable, but it's much easier to keep one small object away from the baby than a large set of small objects. And after each use we can put the marble away out of reach even if we're not cleaning up everything else yet.