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A few children were playing in the Hush Garden recently and brought some small flat stones up to the platform cubby …

to make into lady bugs.

They had such fun creating them, we felt that rather than empty the Hush Garden of all its small stones …

we’d buy a bag of washed river pebbles for them to use.

We talked with the class about what the original group had done and tossed around different ideas about what they could make.

Mostly they stuck with the bug idea …

but not all did and they came up with some great alternatives.

Our children loved doing it so much …

we went through a 2kg bag of stones  …

in no time at all!

Some children lovingly made creatures for every person in their family!

while others made just one very special friend.

Of course once the 2kg bag was all used up …

they were back to raiding the Hush Garden again!


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6 Responses to “rock bugs”

  1. avatar Scott says:

    Wonderful creations! And the kids are so thoughtful to make one for each family member. My kids like to make multiple items, too, so everyone can share the joy of their creations.

    ::: It’s so sweet isn’t it Scott?! Christmas or not, children of this age really are very giving towards people they care for. :) :)

  2. avatar Tonya says:

    That is precious!! what a beautiful idea!

    ::: They sure were Tonya and the fact they were so tiny made them even more apealing to the children for some reason! :) :)

  3. avatar Louise says:

    What is it about stones – connecting with the earth? something really solid/ something that is real????? don’t they love them. And I liked the use of the pattty pans as a little holder…
    Now, where did you get those bright markers from? :)

    ::: Louise the markers are from “Safeway/Woolworths” … a cheaper version of “Sharpies”. :) :)

  4. avatar Erin says:

    I just opened up my copy of Rattler and found your article – congrats! It looks great!

    Just wanted to say a big thanks for this blog – as a beginning early childhood teacher (especially as I grapple with parent expectations, my own philosophy, centre ideals) it’s so inspiring to see people who have stuck with early childhood and learning through play. I have used many ideas from here in my class and often the smallest comment can spark ideas which I and my kids love.

    ::: Thank you for your kind words Erin! We too have enjoyed following YOU as you begin your journey into early childhood teaching. We’re both extremely humbled to think we can make a difference to people like yourself. As for the Rattler article, we knew it was due out now but haven’t seen a copy of it yet … hopefully we will receive a copy from them this week! :) :)

  5. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    You’re children are so creative, Donna. You may need to keep a few extra 2 kg. bags of rocks handy to keep the Hush Garden replenished!

    ::: They did have a great time Tom! Perhaps we could simply park a trailer load of pebbles by the front gate. I reckon that would keep them busy and very happy for a long while … and save the Hush Garden at the same time! :) :)

  6. avatar Emily says:

    Will love to get hold of some of those white pebbles for the kids to paint on. Any idea where I’ll find them here in Melbourne? Thanks.

    ::: Emily we bought them at “Bunnings”. They cost around $5.00 for a 2kg bag. :) :)

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