Speaking of television, one of the few shows that I let the boys watch is Sendung mit dem Elefant from Germany. Honestly, such a great television show. Recently, they slowly sank a plate, or "boat," in an aquarium by dropping coins atop it to demonstrate buoyancy. On the show, it was a game: the person who sinks the "boat" loses. We had to mimic that experiment at home. In our game-experiment, Mattias was happy to lose (by sinking the "boat") and Noah was happy to let Mattias lose, thus winning himself. Everyone felt like a winner. It's unclear whether any scientific principles were actually learned, but as I alluded to, they were happy. The table was covered in water by the end. The mess was not lost on me, nor was the irony that it was inspired by watching a television show.
[photo removed, because sometimes I do that]
At least this inspiration doesn't come from a television show: legos. Is this pile not three times the size of my child? I'm brainstorming a lego organizing solution. I've spent hours sitting on the floor, or at the table, playing with legos over the past year. I think I'm getting some idea of just how the boys' brains are operating when they sit in front of this huge pile and play. That processing will be key to my organizational system. Some ideas, like, say, organizing legos by color, look pretty, but would be useless in the end, because that is NOT how one plays with legos. (In fact, I suspect organizing legos by color might actually make them more frustrating to play with.) My organizational idea is awesome so far, and I'd love to just do it. But I've got my hands pretty full cleaning up mud and water and legos. (Sigh.)