Traffic Light Rocks

I LOVE loose parts! They provide wonderful open-ended play opportunities and a real 'work out' for the imagination; as well as fine motor grasping/ manipulation practise and sensory exploration possibilities. Whilst browsing our local 'Dollar Store' (cheap variety shop) recently, I discovered a bunch of little bags of interesting, square shaped, shiny black rocks. Of course, it was not surprising to see them swiftly dive into my basket! 

With a quick splash of red, yellow and green paint - the set was ready to go! [Little ones would definitely have fun painting/colouring the rocks, but on this occasion, mama needed a little paint therapy of her own whilst watching a bit of late night TV!] Although we've already had some fun with them, they still have plenty more adventures left in their long lives!
Traffic light rocks with black card cut to size...

  • Counting
  • Sorting
  • Talking about what the traffic light colours mean
  • Gathering cars, construction trucks, planes etc for a bit of 'things that go' action!
  • Guessing/ memory games - turning the rocks over to the black sides and finding the colours...
  • Creating patterns
  • Filling in shapes/ pictures on plain paper (The snake in the photo here was inspired by the great Dreamtime Rainbow Serpent!)
  • Stacking ... and of course - crashing!
  • Manipulating between the fingers and swapping between hands - being rocks, they are cool to touch and slightly 'weighted' making them curious sensory objects to explore.

I have to admit, I've had a little trouble keeping up with Master B's (3 year old) imagination. Our conversations have been known to go something like this:
Me: Hey, I like these rocks! (Pointing to a green rock) What's this one here? 
B: This means 'go'!
Me: Ohhh! Great! (Pointing to a yellow rock) So does this one mean 'careful' or 'wait'?
B: No, that's cheese - you can eat that!

How cool do these collections of coloured rocks and vehicles look? We've had a lot of fun with this colour sorting practise.

The rocks have also found their way into train carriages as cargo, and been lined up to become trains themselves.

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'til soon,

Anna :-)  

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  1. What a great idea! I love loose parts - and these sound especially fun!

    1. Thanks so much Emma! I can't stop collecting loose parts!! love them!!

  2. This is such a brilliant idea! I Love it, and my kids would too! Definitely going to pin this for future reference! Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Katherine!! They're still a hit in our house!! Anna:-)


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