Have rocks, will play.
Whenever I can find activities to do with my kids that involve nature, aren’t messy, use free materials and can easily be repeated as independent play - I consider it a total mom win.
For there to be skill building, educational and mindfulness elements included as well, that’s when an activity for kids totally rocks in my book.
So here lovely person, just trying to keep your kid entertained without relying on screens or risking a Jackson Pollock moment on your walls - are 5 awesome activities you and your kids can do using…
Write numbers on individual rocks. Mix them up and have your child put them in the correct order.
Collected flowers, leves, sticks
Secure the rubber bands around the rock creating rows. Weave your collected items over and under the rubber bands until the rock is covered to your liking.
White chalk marker
Layout the rocks to form different shapes. Then use the marker to draw the line of the shape so that it creates a puzzle. Provide example cards or objects and let your child piece together the different shapes.
Fill in the Shape
Draw a shape on a piece of paper. Have your child use the rocks to fill in the shape.
Follow the Lines
Assorted rocks (small)
Draw different kinds of lines on paper. Have your child use tongs or their fingers to line up the rocks along the line on the paper.
Trace the outline of the rocks on the paper. Have your child match the rocks to the corresponding outline.
Simple, easy, entertaining and dare I say - rockin' awesome. Go get your zen on folks!