Everyone needs a rock. Enjoy endless hours of play in the forest, in your back garden, at park, on the beach. Here’s some suggestions…
Find your Perfect Rock
It will be not too big and not too small. It will smell right and feel fine. It may be a life long quest.
Create a hole. Each player needs 5 stones. Take it in turns to toss a pebble into the hole. The person with the most stones in the hole wins.
Shades of Grey
How many different colours of rock can you find? Build up a rainbow of rocks, sorted according to colour. Is the colour related to size, hardness or any other property of a pebble?
Make a trail of stones that lead to something interesting. Put a little treasure or surprise to let others know they’ve found the spot!
Hide a pebble in one of your hands. Hold out both fists. Let a friend guess which hand the pebble is in. Take turns and let your friend hide the pebble in one of her hands too. (NB Dogs love this game too when played with a treat they can eat each time).
Build a stack of stones. This can be extra interesting if they are built near the sea and the tide comes in around them. Will yours survive?
Go for a walk and collect stones. Then go back and try and remember where they all came from.
Find two pebbles and tap them together to create a simple rhythm. Play hide ‘n’ seek but guide people to where you are hidden by your tap-tapping. People who find you should sit quietly beside you and wait for the others. They should tap the same rhythm too.
A Pebble Walk
Take a pebble for a walk. Photograph it hanging out in different locations. Where does it look most at home? On a wall? On the beach? Or some other place? Can you recognise it when hidden amongst other pebbles?
Make a Miniature Drystone Wall
This is a wall that is made without cement. The stones carefully laid together keep the wall stable. Experiment with small flat stones. Look at brickwork in houses and garden walls to see how which patterns and stone placements make a strong wall. Put those jigsaw skills to work!