Pebble Scaping

Building on our playscaping skills we can also use rocks and pebbles to add to our world.

Do you have a collection of rocks in your yard somewhere? Maybe there is somewhere you can find rocks. A couple weeks ago I build a bear cave out of large rocks over the course of the week. Stacking rocks takes a lot of patience and careful concentration. It doesn’t always work the first time.

Here are some ideas for things you can add to your world with rocks:

To the grownups:

At outdoor preschool I’ve added a small world play set and mat to the toys I’m hauling around in my wagon. I really love small world play and find it is a beautiful and valuable way for children to process emotions and experiences.
But like anything creating small worlds is a skill that must be built upon.

For more ideas getting started building with rocks head on over to Kid Activities blog and check out Tricia’s post.

Mud Scaping

Creating the Deep Dark Woods

Have you ever read the story about the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson?
If you don’t have it in your collection of books at home and can read it with your grown-up you can listen to it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8sUPpPc8Ws

I have given you all the parts you need to make the characters from the Gruffalo except an owl. Do you still have your pinecone owl? Do you think you could make another one if not?

With your animals we are going to head into your backyard to create some deep dark woods of our own.

You Will Need:

  • A paper or plastic cup (foxes house)
  • A big-ish rock
  • A short stick as wide as three fingers
  • A pile of small sticks (snake’s house)
  • A stick with some branches (owl’s house)
  • Your seascape

You will also need your Gruffalo characters: mouse, fox, owl, snake and the Gruffalo.

To the Grown-ups

Small world play is a play skill I’m going to really start focusing on at our outdoor programs. It is such a rich creative process both internally and externally. The ability to visualize and create small worlds gives a child such a wide and deep opportunity to work through their experiences and make sense of their world. It is also a play skill that will occupy your child for many hours and so is a valuable one for parents and caregivers too!