S is for stones
Welcome back to the Back to Basic’s of play series on Rainy Day Mum and we’re at S is for Stones as always Back to basics is happily sponsored by Zulily UK where you can find fantastic deals (up to 90% off of big name brands and unique clothes for kids, toys, home and women’s wear).
It’s amazing the wonderful things kids find to do with stones. Now we have lots of stones in the garden – there are the ones in the flower beds (I’m not one of the gardeners that sieves the soil to remove them), then we have stone paths in our vegetable garden and of course our main garden has pebble edging so as you can image the stones get used a lot.
This is so much fun to do with kids – we use decor pens they can write on most things but you could easily use paints and just let them decorate some stones. There are some wonderful things you can decorate them to be – check out these ideas from a recent G+ Red Ted Art Hangout on Stone Crafts.
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Putting in and pouring out
J spent ages in the summer with a plastic bottle from the recycling and our stones filling it up and then pouring it out over and over again – it didn’t just have to be the plastic bottle he did it with buckets, bowls, trucks you name it meant that each evening I would be clearing up stones from the decking where he had decided to pour but it was such a simple game and with the benefits of being great for fine motor skills as well.
For use in small world play
You don’t need much for using some stones to create some small world play – a couple of trucks and some stones and off you go – it’s a quarry taking items back and forth dropping them off picking them up again.
A sensory experience
Stones aren’t all the same size, they are different sizes, shapes, textures, colours what a perfect natural sensory experience for toddlers – Don’t use small stones and always supervise with young toddlers – T loved playing with them feeling them and looking at them she would crawl or toddle towards them in the garden and play for ages feeling them and transferring them from one hand to another.
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