Thursday, May 8, 2008
Playing with Dirt
Yesterday we took outside into the front yard my daughter's sand shovel, pick, and bucket, along with a booster seat tray, some water in another bucket, a towel, and a cleaning sponge. We dug up some dirt with the pick and shovel, and we dumped the dirt into the bucket. When we had enough dirt, we poured the dirt from the bucket onto the tray and examined what we saw: ants, rocks, dirt, etc. When we were done, we poured some water onto the tray and I let her use the sponge to wipe it clean (she tried really hard, and she almost did it completely). Then I finished the cleaning and we wiped it with a towel. Then we repeated the process. Throughout the activity, we also saw two beautiful butterflies, looked amazed at some leaves, and saw some other insects, as well.
My goals in doing this with her were (1) to give her a chance to observe, feel, and interact with real dirt (not just sand in a sandbox), (2) to give her a chance to practice her cleaning skills - there is something satisfying about actually seeing a surface change colors from dirty to clean when you wipe it, and wiping dirt definitely has that effect, (3) develop her pouring and scooping coordination (she's really into that right now - that is why I had her both scoop the dirt into the bucket and then pour the dirt from the bucket onto the tray) and (4) to grow in her understanding of the goodness of this world God has made.