This is an exercise to think about things that I loved as a kid that later helped me learn things that I do now.
I have played with many toys. I have broken many toys. I have tried to fix many toys. At some point of time, I stopped being a maker. I can’t say I had a set of Gears of My Childhood but this process of breaking and fixing has had a profound effect on my mind. It shaped the way I approach life and problem. It has also made it hard for me to get into non-spatial learning. Most part of undergraduate classes are non-spatial.
I remember using resisters and then learning how color coding on resisters are used to ascertain resistances created by the resister.
As an adult, I find myself easily following manuals and instructions to build and tinker with any sort of home or work applications.