Wednesday, May 13, 2009

World Wide Web Wednesday 05.13.09

Today's WWWW feature is focusing on a celebration of art and creativity hosted by Three Bay B Chicks, I'm Living Proof that God Has a Sense of Humor, and Domestically Challenged.

We Heart Art gives you the chance to not only showcase your artwork or creative projects, but also your kid's handiwork.

I stumbled upon this event at quite a timely...time.

Just recently my little angels have been begging, on their hands and knees with hands folded and fingers interlaced, voices crying out to the heavens, that I might lend an ear and grant their most humble request.

For Play-Doh.

I don't inherently have anything against Play-Doh.

Unless you count all the little Play-Doh bits that end up permanently adhering themselves to the hardwood floor. Or how its salty flavor is often too tempting for a toddler to resist. Or how it's impossible to fully clean the Play-Doh out of the little crevices of the Fun Factory and then the hardened pieces get all mixed in with the fresh stuff the next time it's used. Or how the thought of mixing the Play-Doh colors together is enough to set my inner Kate Gosselin loose.

But other than that, I think it's a wonderful creative outlet for little ones that not only allows them the opportunity to stretch their minds and imaginations, but also improves fine motor strength with all the rolling, shaping, pulling, pinching, cutting, etc.

Unless you're like me as a child and the only ideas you could wonder to create were snakes and pancakes. Or cookies.

Long story longer, I foud myself at Target last Saturday where I dropped $4 on 8 cans of Play-Doh. My children thought they had won the kiddie lottery. And not only have I quieted my inner-Kate over the color mixing (although I do try to keep it to a minimum), but I've rediscovered my sanity.

Because, you know what? Play-Doh keeps them busy for over 30 minutes! For 30 or so fairly peaceful minutes, I can work on my own projects with nary a peep from 3 highly satisfied customers.

In honor of my newfound best friend, Play-Doh, and the We Heart Art collaborative project, I bring you evidence of what a wild and crazy Saturday night brought to the Sturghaus (we aren't German, I just like the way that looks when spelled out).

It's a bird. Specifically, Cade's bird. He copied it from the back of the Play-Doh box, but I give him major props for trying it.
Unfortunately, Micah's sculpting abilities haven't broadened past pancakes and cookies yet, but that kid can draw like nobody's business. He has recreated most of Van Gogh's paintings using crayons as his preferred medium.

If I knew how to work our scanner, I'd prove it to you.
Please be sure to check out the blogs above and feel free to join in the Mr. Linky party if you have artwork of your own or something created by your children that you'd like to display. I'm fairly certain that most of the blogs will have much more creative ideas than mine of how to get your children involved in and excited about art.


  1. That is a fantastic bird! It looks like it could live in harmony with the playdoh birds in my son's picture. Maybe from now on, they (and the play doh) could live at your house!

  2. The bird is really cute. My play doh talent is still pretty much limited to pancakes and snakes. LOL!

  3. Play Doh rules!!! I love the bird!! :)

  4. Love the bird! I love the wonderful entertainment qualities of Play Doh as well!

    We are currently out...I guess I should get some more!

    don't worry...I never made more than pancakes, cookies and snakes myself!

  5. How cute! I understand the mixed color thing. It gets to me bad! I can only make snakes. LOL

  6. Awesome bird.

    I wish I weren't so anal about mixing the Playdoh colors together.

  7. That is a beautiful birdie sculpture!! It's amazing what they can create with Playdough!!

    I love your comment about letting your inner Kate Gosselin loose...LOL!! The only reason I let my kids take out the playdough and go to town is because it gives me at least 20 minutes to get dinner ready!!!

    Have you tried Moonsand? If not, DO NOT!! That stuff is way worse than Playdough and must have been created by the devil himself!

    Glad you're participating in our carnival!

  8. have you ever made your own playdough? My mom used to make peanut butter playdough so we could play AND eat. I loved it as a kid.

    I am absolutely going to get that Everyday minerals sample kid. Anything free has my vote, but I really want to try mineral makeup.

  9. Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my sits day today! I had ginormous fun.

  10. totally described all the reasons why I don't buy Play Doh!! Is that how you spell it?

    But, I think her bird looks beautiful!! Anything a child creates is wonderful!

  11. We have tons of playdoh but I cringe when it comes out for all the reasons described ;)
    On an AI note- Chris beat out Danny- can you believe it?

  12. He's a great sculptor. :) I like it.

  13. You don't need a scanner just take a picture of the artwork. I am like you on the mixing of the colors, drives me batty!

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog on my SITS day!! Cute bird! ANd I love the colors on your blog!

  15. Thanks for visiting me from sits! your blog is adorable!!


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