Friday, April 26, 2013

Playing with Rocks

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This morning we discovered a new walk along another creek.
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Our Nature Bags contained a 'paper bag' nature scrapbook and a baggie
of crayons.  As we walked the children could collect leaves, flowers or
anything of interest and slip them in the pockets of their scrapbook.  Then
they could use the crayons to draw or record what they found.
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After walking over the board walk and to the bridge and back we found
a spot where we could access the creek.  Once there they had fun throwing
rocks into the creek.

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As the families had a snack, I shared two books about rocks.  These books
are great for inspiring us to look at rocks to see different images and to use
rocks to make pictures.
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Using the rocks by the creek to create, I saw images of letters
of the alphabet,
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         a maze that leads to a leprechaun,
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                       different faces,
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                     and a flower.

Once last activity I brought was pictures of groups of rocks for the
children to match and count.
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I printed these counting cards, numbered 1 –10, and laminated
them so we could use them on the beach or creekside over and
over again.
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  1. Love this! I think I'll do something similar with my ones.
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    1. I look forward to reading about it on your blog.

  2. This is very fun,playing with rocks.We even do it inside,play with rocks during the winter period. Count and compare the size.

    1. HI Camilla, I plan on setting up an indoor activity this week encouraging similar play for the rest of the children.

  3. Love all the hands on learning with nature. I'm featuring this on The Sunday Showcase tomorrow.

  4. Loving the nature bags, such a great way of recording your trip and keeping all the collected stuff safe. Thanks for stopping by the outdoor play party