My six year-old son got a Lego® set for Christmas, his first because we finally don't have choking hazard age children in the house, but we've always had blocks and other building toys around.
I've always heard that children are naturally creative, and all you have to do is give them the tools and get out of their way. However, although my son loves the Legos, he only makes the same thing over and over: cars. And it's not like he makes lots of different kinds of cars. He makes nearly identical cars, and gets excited about extremely minor variations, like adding a single brick to the back.
I'm unsure how to respond to his excitement. On one hand, I want to encourage creativity. On the other hand, what he is doing isn't exactly creative.
When we encourage him to make something else, he insists this Lego set is only for cars (it's what was pictured on the box). When we play with him and make something else, he says something like, "Cool house Dad! I'm going to make a car!"
How should I respond to his excitement over repetitive creations? Should I even be concerned about them at this point? Should we force him to try something else? He almost certainly has ADHD, and possibly also something like Asperger's, if that affects the answer. We are working on getting a diagnosis and professional advice.