Of late, the Lynxcub has been completely obsessed with the DVD Here Comes Science,
by They Might Be Giants. For those who don't know, TMBG have released a number of kids' CDs and DVDs, in addition to their usual quirky rock offerings. I'd originally introduce him to their stuff via their YouTube channel
, but kettunainen
ended up getting him that one on DVD, and he is so in love with it that he has insisted on bringing it along with him on several visits, and on the times he's forgotten to do that, insists on seeing most of the videos from it on YouTube.
He also likes many of the ones from Here Come the ABCs
and Here Come the 123s,
but it seems to be the science one that's really captured his heart, despite the fact that unlike the others, I'm pretty sure it's intended for considerably older kids than him. But then again, as anyone who's met him (or even reads my LJ regularly) knows, the Lynxcub is not your average three-and-a-half-year-old. It's really pretty awesome to hear him exclaim with delight "Oh look, it's the periodic table!", or draw squiggles on paper and insist that they're DNA. He has also solemnly informed me that he thinks Pluto is
a planet, no matter what anyone else says.
And it was the same video
that tackled the is-Pluto-a-planet question that led to the following conversation:
Lynxcub: I think I'm going to knock all those rocks in the asteroid belt out of the sky.
Me: Really? Why?
Lynxcub: I'm going to make them into a chew toy.
Me: (brief pause as I attempt to process that statement) Um... That's going to be a very large chew toy.
Lynxcub: (dismissively) That's OK, I'm going to use a machine.
Me: So, uh, who is that chew toy going to be for?
Lynxcub: I'm going to find someone who has a dog who doesn't have a chew toy.
Me: A very, very big dog?
Lynxcub: Yes. With big, sharp teeth!
. . .
I am actually very pleased with his TMBG-fanboy-ness. Their kids' songs and videos are pretty cool - a lot of the videos, especially, have really interesting artwork and animation (I think this
is my personal favourite, though I have to warn you the song is an irresistible earworm - it will go through your head for weeks!). Especially in contrast to how stupid and/or annoying most kids' entertainment these days is... I would far, far rather have him watch TMBG geeking out over photosynthesis or paleontology than Spongebob Squarepants or something like that...
I really need to get that DVD - and their other kid's ones, for that matter. There really should be a "one of everything, please" bundle available. Also: this shirt
, which is perfect for him since that's one of his favourite songs from that collection, and red is his favourite colour! The first time I looked at the site, I was disappointed because I thought they only had that one in adult sizes, but then I discovered that the kids' version was listed separately further down in the section. Oddly, it doesn't appear in their separate kids' store, but at least now I know I can get it in his size! (ETA: or not. Just noticed the sizes listed are YM, YL and S. I'm guessing the first two mean something along the lines of Youth Medium and Youth Large, but I don't know if the S is meant to be a Youth Small and just lost its Y*, or if it's an adult small. Or if any of these sizes are anywhere near the size 4 that he normally wears.)
. . .
And elsewhere in the world of entertaining Lynxcub moments, later in the same visit, when he was playing in the living room and I had my back turned making him a snack, I heard him say "I need to do this by myself."
Turning around, I asked what it was he need to do, and he replied "This art!"
I looked at what he was doing and saw that he had gotten my blush compact out of my purse, and was carefully brushing blush onto the chest of drawers in front of him, with a look of great concentration, as though he was certain that he was creating a masterpiece.
Without looking up, he added in a tone of unmistakable satisfaction "When I'm done, there's going to be scraps of my art everywhere!"
Artistic as well as scientific - that's my boy!
. . .* Presumably, the missing Y is in the Alphabet Lost & Found.