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...
- 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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