Playing & Learning with Stones

*** PLEASE TAKE CARE WITH THE PEBBLES AND SMALL CHILDREN – DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE – CHOKING HAZARD***

A couple of year’s ago the British Victoria & Albert museum was is running a World Beach Project with artist Sue Lawty. This was a project involving sculptures and pictures made from stones. Check out the V&A website for more info. I love the idea of taking simple stones, bringing them together and making pictures and patterns with them.

 sue lawty stones

We couldn’t get to a beach, but still wanted to “have a go”, so friends of ours brought us some Brighton Beach stones and we got Inspired by Nature at home… we have 6 BIG stones and lots of pebbles from the garden.

*** PLEASE TAKE CARE WITH THE PEBBLES AND SMALL CHILDREN – DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE – CHOKING HAZARD***

This is what we got up to:

stone activities

Whilst playing with the stones we learnt lots of things:

  • “Just Feeling” – enjoying nature and playing with the pebbles. They feel nice, don’t they?!
  • Big & Little. Which is the biggest? Which is the smallest?
  • Counting 1-6
  • Shapes – e.g.  Triangle
  • Heavy. Red Ted (then 2yrs old) told me that some were “heavy”…
  • Warm & Cold. He also pointed out to me, that after we had left the in the garden overnight that they were cold (“Brrrrr, mummy, brrr”) and could I warm them up (beep beep beep – I am ashamed to admit, that that means the microwave).

And finally! Some “artwork” and some playing (Red Ted did the flower pattern when I had turned my back).

Happy & Sad! We made a stone caterpillar with petals for eyes. Turn the stone one way and he is sad (“hungry mummy”), turn the stone the other way and he is happy!

Hurray for Brighton Beach stone (and pebbles from the garden)!

*** PLEASE TAKE CARE WITH THE PEBBLES AND SMALL CHILDREN – DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE – CHOKING HAZARD***

If you enjoyed this post, do pop over to Red Ted Art  check out our Nature Crafts round up!

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