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Little Cubicles: Resistance is Futile!

Just  a quick post today to show that it is never too soon to start getting your children used to life in a cubicle.   Relent already, resistance is futile as they say!  Why encourage spontaneous creative play when you can get your kids used to the handcuffs…er… I mean the future cubicle that they will work out of, for the rest of their lives?

I first saw this posting on, and think it is very apropos to the subject of life outside the box, telecommuting and how we shape our family of the future through some subtle constructs, and of course the not so subtle constructs like Barbie dolls and Little Tyke cubicles.

I can think of a dozen things to get your children that might allow them to really explore and spend a fraction of the money.

Some suggestions.

  • A pottery wheel, and clay.  For god sake let them make a mess.
  • Wax and carving tools.  My son loves this and learns real skills while having a blast and of course making a mess.
  • Clay, clay and more clay.  Mess not included.
  • Paint and paper
  • Brushes
  • An RC helicopter.  Fly it with dad, or mom, or siblings.  When you graduate from disposable ones, go for the hobby grade ones from
  • A real telescope.  The cost of a high grade telescope will be lower than the cubicle for kids and will allow you to track stars with computer controls and take photos.
  • A real microscope
  • A bike
  • karate lessons
  • yadda yadda… you get the idea.

Although I work at home in my studio I have space in my studio for my son to explore whether with drawing, painting or jewelry making.   In some ways my setup resembles an old style guild where a son gets to learn his father’s craft, but I don’t force him to do anything.  I supply the tools and he supplies the endless creativity.

If you’re thinking that seeing “toys” like this online bothers me then yes it does and I’ll leave it at that for tonight.


Daev Finn is an artist, illustrator, writer, visual effects artist, and video game developer, whose work can best be seen as Aslan in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects.

Daev lives in Colorado with his two sons Everest and Asher, and his wife Sheryl Paul, author of The Conscious Bride, and The Conscious Bride’s Wedding Planner.