Wednesday, March 21, 2012

sifting sand

I read somewhere that if you can keep the day pleasant till 10 am, the rest of the day will make itself.  So when Sadie dragged out the giant "miscellaneous" art bin at 9:45 this morning, saying "oht, oht! MAMA OHT!"  I couldn't think of any reasonable excuses for not setting her up with a project...something a little different compared to the markers and crayons that have been our staple project for the last several weeks.
Enter...colored sand.  Sadie has been big-time into colors lately, not just labeling them, but mixing them.  What better way to integrate the senses of sight, sound and touch, right? (and taste--this is my kid who puts everything in her mouth after all.  Happy to say though, after one try she abandoned that one)
 This girl was like a mini maestro conducting an orchestra of sand mixing and "dir dir diring" (that's Sadie speak for "stir." She really got into this project.
As you can see... it required intense focus, and precise scientific measuring (hence the measuring spoons).  After a while, all the sand got pretty mixed together and Sadie told me with a big smile that she was "plowd" (proud).  It's her new word.  It kind of melts my heart when she says it.  We used the now multicolored sand to make a sand table to practice doodling letters and shapes in.  Good times.  And you know... starting the morning off with a good focusing project really does make the rest of the day go better...even if the project involves a little vacuuming up afterwards.


  1. You are an amazing mom. I love this post! Makes me very "plowd" to call you my friend.


  2. Love these pictures, as usual. - I notice Sadie is seriously "diring" with both hands, (her daddy did that too) but the other hand is always in ready mode. Love the air-pinkie in photo #2! - I've seen many of the beautiful things your Mom has made. And we know how artistic and creative you are. So now we can truly say: Like mother, like daughter, like granddaughter! - P.S Grandpa Bill and I just added a great new word to our vocabulary: "plowd" ! :)

    1. Tara, these are great pictures! Can you be my mom? LOL. That looks so fun!