I found The Lego Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer by Chris McVeigh at the library and paged through it for the boys. When I saw the camera I knew I’d bring it home. Then I told the boys I wanted to make the camera for myself using their stash, if that was okay.
They said it was just fine. Little Fella decided he’d like to help. The little square book propped open on the floor, we dug for matching colored pieces and cheered when we located what we needed. Then Little Fella started suggesting doing things differently, taking the step by step directions as suggestions rather than rules. Then he grabbed it out of my hands and took over. Just like that it was complete (and a bit different than the one in the book). Now it sits in our bedroom on our tiny bookcase, our little homemade camera. Because in the end, books are just suggestions, right? I’m glad he learned that so young.