One of my favorite things about my boys is their insatiable need to build things. Every time---and I mean every time---we go anywhere remotely out-of-the-ordinary, they start saying (before we've even left the place), "Ooh, I'm going to build this when I get home!" I love it because it results in them playing such funny, interesting, creative things; and because it shows such genuine enjoyment of and interest in what we're doing. Every activity feels "worth it," because we're experiencing it not just once but multiple times. :)
Anyway, this love of re-creation is how the carwash obsession got started (they wanted to build their own carwashes after going to a real one with Grandma) and it has led to them building everything from tumbling gyms to Squaw Peak to Disneyland to pendulums to doctor's offices to swimming pools to temples to the Red Barn/Pumpkin Patch.
They use the blocks constantly, but they also build with anything else that's to hand (unfortunately, now that they are tall and can climb on chairs, everything is "to hand") and they build in any scale: fwuffball size, monkey size, boy size. Sebby likes to build something on the block table and then climb up to the top bunk (in the other room) and say, "I can see it from the 'Y'!" Anyway, I love seeing what they build. (Even though I am sometimes roused from my bed on Saturday mornings to come admire.) Sebby, particularly, has such attention to detail and he uses so many creative building materials that he genuinely amazes me with his re-creations.
Here are a couple of Sebastian's recent "Monkey San Francisco"s. (Monkey San Francisco is much like the real one, with a few additions, and name changes such as the "Monken Gate Bridge.")