Inside: Find ideas and inspiration among these rock activities and rock crafts for kids plus ideas for making toys and games.
With different stone shapes, colours and drawings on your own you can have nice kids crafts activities that are inexpensive and can serve for many play ideas. Great thing is that you can adjust these activities to any age or developmental stage of your child.
Toddlers experience how the world works playing with raw natural elements. For them it does not matter does the toy came from toy store or nature. They will play whatever is available to them. They will simply explore and learn along with playing and being in the moment. That is their job, and our job is to create the best possible learning opportunities and help them to stay connected with nature.
With nice and warm weather I was looking for ideas for outdoor play. There is not many structured activities for a young toddler I could find, as I said earlier they will play whatever they find and they is perfectly fine. But I wanted to fill our patio with natural elements for my daughter to explore.
So here is what I did. And this is just an idea what I did to inspire you. Below you can find 10 different kids activities and stone play ideas.
I came up with idea of gathering some bigger rocks and stones around the house. She never played with rocks and I wanted her to explore that wonderful element. To make things fun, we added colours.
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I washed rocks and let them dry overnight. I know how much my 15 month old daughter loves fill in containers with toys and taking them out. So I found two baskets for her stones. And that was perfect match. She can play with stones and rocks for about and hour. Placing them in to one basket, transferring in and out, carrying basket around, placing stones on the ground, chair, little table … she enjoys all of it.
For adding a bit colours in her nature play with stones we made vivid ladybugs and bees stones. (and they also look great in our flower pots).
Some of these ideas use natural stones and some painted stones in different colours. Rock crafts for kids that you make can also be used as a toys.
I love the idea of stone and rock crafts for kids as they tend to be very durable as a toys and give opportunity to explore and use their imagination while playing.
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