Blocks are simple toys. But kids playing with blocks can be the start of their education. Creating wooden blocks of different shapes as well as toys such as cars and boats for kids is what retired physics professor Bob Mitchell does.
The Bayview Retirement Community, in which Bob lives, has given him a spot in a storeroom where he spends an hour or two each day building blocks. Bob can make about 30 sets of blocks a month. This YouTube video shows Bob creating the blocks and toys.
Bob personally brings most of the block sets to Mary’s Place (Seattle, WA), a nonprofit organization that empowers homeless women, children, and families.
Bob loves watching the typically two-year-olds play with the blocks he’s given them. As he says, “Don’t try to teach. Just let [the kids] play with them.”