Friday, March 20, 2009

Salt dough mobile.

We wanted to find a use for Hannah's big salt dough beads so that they didn't just kick around the house bugging her daddy. This is what we came up with.


As with all the best learning experiences, this lesson on balance was unplanned and sprung naturally from our fun. Hannah got to learn how size, distance from center of the stick, and length of ribbon affected the balance. For instance, a medium sized bead tied close to the stick balanced out an extra-large bead tied with a two foot long ribbon.

Ainsley tied some beads on, but spent most of her time licking them.



I'm always amazed at Hannah's creativity when she's not being coached. When coached on a process, she gets 'stuck' in it, unable to allow her own ideas to come through and always worried about doing it 'right' or 'wrong'. When possible, I don't coach her anymore, I just start doing it and let her follow along if she wishes and ask questions if she gets stuck. When it came to this project, she tied beads onto ribbons in creative ways that I wouldn't have thought of, including making chains of beads that were separated by several inches of ribbon. They looked really good on the mobile.

The animals on our place are loving this also.

The kittens couldn't leave it alone for the first day. Watch Ghandi (the gray cat) in these pictures. He's so disdainful, but he gets closer and closer. When the kittens finally left for a few minutes, he tried his paw at it.

Two nights after we made this, my husband accidentally left the pasture gate open. I heard thumping around on the porch and went out to find the sheep and goats looking like they were bobbing for apples on this. Luckily, they didn't do much damage.



11 comments:

sunnymama said...

Your moblies do look good, and the cats think so too!

Simpson Home said...

2nd try: I love your photo stories. They make my heart sing. I also love the mobile. Way to invent a beautiful display for Hannah's big beads. I love the way you let them be individuals and create with their own ideas. Hugs, Kathy

Maggie said...

Those are so neat! You just gave me some great ideas...

Joy said...

What a great idea! Those pictures with the cats are SO cute. :)

Lindsay said...

What a great idea. I love that the animals were so interested in it too. I'm planning on participating in the Snapshot Sunday tomorrow finally. Will hopefully have my pictures up bright and early. ;)

Momma Snail said...

That mobile is so beautiful! We are going to be playing with salt dough soon and I never would have thought to do a mobile.

Lisa said...

This is lovely! The kitties are hilarious, they think you made it just for them! ;)

Sarah said...

Kathy, thank you. It's such a compliment to hear that from you.

Maggie, you have to try this. So easy, so cheap, so not messy (if you do the food coloring instead of paint) - perfect for a pregnant momma.

Aw, thanks, Joy. I had to sneak the pictures from inside the house so that's why they're all fuzzy. They were making us laugh so hard.

Lisa, they did! Cats, like children, are quite egocentric, don't you think? lol At least mine are.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

You always make the cleverest things!

mlegg said...

Where do you find time to have so much fun? Your blog is amazing.

SE'LAH... said...

Priceless.