Vexing and Perplexing

April 5, 2010

Gadget, Journal

I’ve seen the Perplexus in a couple of catalogs and thought that it would be cool thing to have in the school-age room at the CDC. It’s like a video game you hold in your hand and actually move. You have to keep the little BB on the track through the whole maze. One false move and it falls off the track and you have to start again. Omaha had a cool toy store that happened to carry them, so I got one.

Of course, I thought I should try it out before handing it over to the kids.

Oh, just smile at me with your appealing colors.  I know you have it in for me.

Guess what? I am terrible at it! This actually comes as no surprise considering I have: 1) astonishingly poor hand-eye coordination; 2) zero patience; 3) perpetual caffeine-induced hand tremors; and most importantly, 4) the heart and soul of a quitter.

Each try goes like this: after three to four minutes of continuously dropping that stupid BB off its stupid plastic track, I pronounce the whole affair stupid and put it back in the stupid box. (I’m nothing if not clever with my insults.)

I’m never going to figure this out. Those kids at the center are never going to get to play this.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Vexing and Perplexing”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Michele doesn’t visit your website, right? Because just yesterday I got one of these for her kids from a cool toy store in London. I asked Michele to take care of Max while I’m gone, and I’m pretty sure her kids will be helping her. Giving them hours of frustrating maze-play seemed like an appropriate thank you.


  2. Rae Said on:

    I wanna try it. Bring it to Heit’s Point! 🙂


  3. Peggy Said on:

    If that were in my house, it would be in the bag with the other soccer & kick balls!


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