friend: "What are you doing?"
e: I'm doing my work!
e: I'm busy. I'm doing my work!
f: what are you doing?
e: I'm playing little alchemy.
Elazar hangs up the phone and chortles. "I just made a fire engine!"
Little alchemy is...
Well, see for yourself.
It has no explanation so maybe it's better if I don't explain it. I think it teaches some science facts, and some cultural myths, and some other things. I didn't know Elazar considers this his work. As Piaget (or Maria Montessori, or Bob Keenan--thanks, google) said, "Play is the work of children." I do know that he's learning more than I can imagine.
There is also a page of official cheats that he loves using.
Example: Elazar said, "I just made a sloth!"
I asked how. He said, "Clock and wild animal." He has no idea why. I asked him why he thinks those things make a sloth (years later, he will probably get it). He said he thought "log" and "wild animal" would make a sloth.