The other day, my daughter came home from school with a special project due on February 2nd. She's supposed to make a diorama of a groundhog's home in honor of Groundhog's Day. She couldn't wait to start the project! She really does have a knack for making three dimensional-type art. In preschool, when she wasn't spending her time reading, she'd spend long stretches at the crafts table. This table was stockpiled with empty toilet paper and paper towel inserts, coffee cans, egg cartons, etc. My daughter loved to take these things and turn them into amazing objects. She made a giraffe, a Buzz Lightyear and a Woody from Toy Story, a bug terrarium, among other things. Initially, I thought her behaviorist actually made the items for her, but I learned that my daughter actually made these things. They were brilliant! That crafts table is probably the main thing my daughter misses about preschool.
So, this groundhog diorama is really up her alley. She couldn't wait to get started on it! Friday morning, before school, she started work on it. I warned her that she wouldn't be able to finish it in the 15 minutes that she had. But when it was time to leave for school, she wanted to turn in what she had done. It was pretty good, actually, but I knew she could do much better if she had more time.
She came up with a cool idea that the groundhog would have a rock wall to climb up to his hole to see (or not see) his shadow. She drew in the rocks with pencil. I mentioned to her that she should really use real rocks and suggested we go to the park the next day to collect rocks and pine cones and other cool things to use in the diorama. After I said this, I couldn't believe I actually suggested we do this activity! Anyway, the behaviorist did mention that as long as there is a purpose to collecting the objects, then that was fine!
So, the next day, during a glorious 80 degree day, we took a walk in the park. My daughter was allowed--actually encouraged--to collect little rocks and tiny pine cones. She had a blast! Well, we both had a blast. I can't wait to see how her diorama turns out! I'm sure it'll be really great!
I guess sometimes you do have to stop and collect the rocks!