sand art and play

like…deborah…your child is in the scribble stage, a stage of drawing development which is solely a sensory activity. Everyone who’s ever been around a toddler has seen them just pick that pencil marker crayon up and get hectic with it, theres no rhyme or reason, they’re not drawing anything theres no goal in mind, it’s just ‘holy shit look what i can do this thing makes COLOUR Its making a SOUND on the paper oh it smells and oh LOOK ANOTHER COLOUR and oh my god mum LOOK I CAN DO TWO AT A TIME AAAAAHH SCRIBBLE THERES SO MUCH HAPPENING AND I LOVE IITTTT’

and then deborah gotta come over like ‘noooo kaidynlee-anne your ruining my adult colouring book of healing mandala’s!!’ snatching it away before they try and teach them how to do it ‘right’.

or alternatively, another mum, lets call her susan, comes over and looks at this scribble MESS and goes “awww what have you drawn there??? is a puppy??? awww”

and little kids will mostly just be like…sure. yeah . its a puppy. because they can tell they’re being praised and that’s the good stuff yeah more of that, they’ll just go along with it. Guarantee dad might come over and look at the same picture and be like “awww is that a car?” and the kids gonna go yeah it’s a car. Its whatever you want it to be. means nothing to me.


Many of us have played with sand art–the rotating frames filled with water, sand, and air. In this video, Shanks FX demonstrates some of the realistic and surrealistic landscapes you can create using this toy. It also makes for a neat fluid dynamics demonstration. The buoyancy of the trapped air bubbles lets the sand sift slowly down instead of falling immediately. And the sand descends in a variety of ways–sometimes laminar columns and other times wilder turbulent plumes. (Video credit and submission: Shanks FX/PBS Digital Studios)