These Rube Goldberg-like inventions, although more complex, remind me of some of the machine constructions by young children that work with cause and effect. The “story” behind the children’s “machines” are often very detailed and carefully developed and, like Rube’s machines, often make something very complicated that could be done in a more direct way. It is this “complication” that speaks to creativity and humor. If you have shown these video clips to young children, it would be interesting to share the children’s responses and to see if they inspire new ideas for “machines” that make easy tasks, more difficult.


Melvin the Mini Machine from HEYHEYHEY on Vimeo.