Diorama

Dirty Uncle Mark should be on your blog read list if he isn't already. Hilarious. In a recent post he shared a picture of his blogging environment and is offering a prize for the most accurate diorama replica of it.

Ahhh dioramas. I was going to leave this in his comments, but it made me chuckle so much I'm posting it here...

When I was in third grade everyone in our class was asked to make a diorama of a climate. As far as I recall that was the complete description of the assignment. We could use whatever materials we needed to get it done. I decided I would make a desert. So I filled a cookie sheet with sand from the sandbox. Then put little paper standup tents, camels and other desert bric a brac in the sand. Of course I walked to school holding the uncovered cookie sheet. In the wind. By the time I got to class I wasn't holding anything but a cookie sheet filled with sand. Which I plunked down on my teacher's desk, announcing that I had created The Desert, and walked to my seat.

The teacher made me redo the assignment and my mortified mother had me create this over the top paper mache volcano in a shoebox that got me a B-. Pshaw. I still think the dessert scene was the truly genius creation.

9 comments:

mommiebear2 said...

Okay how funny is this? I was just talking to hubby the other night over dinner about a science project that I had done in elementary for extra credit. I was so proud of this thing. We were studying Egypt, pyramids, etc and I got this fab idea to take my Ken doll and wrap it up like a mummy, put into a shoe box that I decorated inside with Barbie jelwery and junk. The teacher was very impressed and I was beaming ear to ear until she said she would be keeping it for display for an example for each new yer and I burst into tears having lost my Ken doll.

Paige said...

Oddly enough, I was just thinking about the dioramas I used to have to do in Social Studies.

I'm not sure why.

Maybe I feel like I'm waiting until the last minute on something and due for a big fat C.

Oh, The Joys said...

I like your idea... thought it makes me think of that weird children's book "Where is Coco Going?" - Have you seen that book? So odd.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

We used to make the Nile river when I taught Ancient Egypt in 6th grade. I filled up a giant plastic box with sand and the kids went to town with mini plants, pyramids etc...they loved it...

Why on earth didn't you cover your desert??? I would have given you an A.

Lotta said...

Mommie - Ooooh! That is so funny and so sad!

Paige - Dioramas seem to be on the brain. Maybe we should all create a mommy diorama of our days.

OTJ - No but I'm off to google it...

Janet - Looking back I think the teacher had to have had a laugh over the project. I'm sure it was the old ADD keeping me from finishing my thought process. That and the fact that my mom was on Lithium at the time and not exactly helping me with my homework assignments!

min said...

My diorama disaster was a pueblo. I tried making the buildings out of this gray icky cornstarch mixture that had the properties and consistency of silly putty. It wouldn't hold it's shape and ran everywhere. By the time I got to school, my pueblo was the LaBrea Tar Pits.

emma said...

That teacher sounds like she was a bit of a kill joy. You showed her a wind swept desert, poetic in its ruffledness and she made you do a volcano. She deserves to rot in hell for stifling creativity in my book.

Pendullum said...

I loved your desert idea!!!

I can not believe you remember your marks from third grade...
You are a far far stronger woman than I!

mark said...

You're way too kind to me, Lotta. Thank you. I think your diorama was brilliant, and if only you could go back and tell your teacher, "Well, there was a huge sandstorm and everything was blown away," maybe you'd have gotten an A+.