Playing with Sticks and Stones

Playing with Sticks and Stones – . Natural Elements are so easy to incorporate into daily play. They’re all around us; shells, sticks, chestnuts, pinecones, and our wonderful collection of stones and rocks… They’re a staple in our backyard, and I love how they provide the children with open-ended and unlimited play possibilities.

Here are a few shots of the hooligans “playing with sticks and stones”:

natural elements - playing with sticks and stones

 boards in the sandbox become ramps, benches, stove-tops and work benches

boards in the sandbox become ramps, benches, stove-tops and work benches

 

Fill a box of chocolates with stones for imaginary play and sorting

Fill a box of chocolates with stones for imaginary play and sorting

Because there isn’t a defined purpose like there is with is with a factory-made toy, kids are more creative, inventive and  industrious when playing with bits and pieces of nature.252562_10150222719177390_683592389_7152385_929034_npretend play in the sand box kitchen We’ve always embraced simple play here.  I’m of the opinion that children learn best through play, and what better way to give them that opportunity than by allowing them to explore and experiment with items that surround them in their natural world.

mud becomes "mortar" in a brick laying activity

mud becomes “mortar” in a brick laying activity

 

I made my own,  my friend Joanne, at Ordinary Normal makes and sells these

I made my own, my friend Joanne, at Ordinary Normal makes and sells these

 

little ones can learn to spell, or grab a piece of chalk and play hangman in the drive-way

little ones can learn to spell, or grab a piece of chalk and play hangman in the drive-way

 

beach rock tic-tc-toe

beach rock tic-tc-toe

 

flowers, rose-hips, sticks and pinecones for a soup kitchen

flowers, rose-hips, sticks and pinecones for a soup kitchen

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but they’re a whole lot of fun to play with!

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See you there! *This post was originally published in August, 2011, but has been recently updated and re-released.

Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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