Winner ERA Award 2013 - Early Years Resource or Equipment - non ICT
Roll them, feel their smooth surfaces. Make patterns with paint or hide them in the sand.
Children will love their treasure like quality. Hide them indoors and out for discovery games. Use them in stories e.g. the magic orb or as part of a giant's necklace.
A lovely, sensory open-ended resource that will delight and engage.
Set includes 4 different coloured spheres.
Size: 15cm. Wipe clean (plastic coated).
Suitable from birth
"I believe that beauty appeals and that it is important to provide shiny and smooth resources. I find that children adore them, one child referred to our shiny pebbles as 'precious treasure'. Children take great pleasure in exploring these collections; we decided to keep the set together to allow investigation with all 3 products as they compliment each other very well. We were amazed with the innovative ideas children had about how they wanted to use these resources, and each time they played with them they accessed them differently.
Idea: use these in small group times to challenge and extend concepts and skills."
Alexis is a Strategy Director and a former Early Years Education Development Advisor having supported, mentored and trained teams across the 0-5 sector. Busy Bees/Busy Bears, County Durham.
Hints and Tips for use in your setting:
Let babies/toddlers play with the spheres independently. Let them experiment with rolling them, perhaps through or under objects which act like tunnels.
Use as part of treasure basket activity.
Hide the spheres under fabrics, cake tins, boxes etc. The spheres can also be used as treasure hunt finds.
Provide babies/toddlers a container to place the spheres into. If they are enjoying empty and filling schematic behaviours they will need something like a box, a bag or a large cake tin to place the spheres into.
The spheres look great when placed on sparkly fabrics. They also work well on mirrored surfaces. Use in small world play. Try them in lunar and magical landscapes. Incorporate glitter, jewels and sequins for a sparkly effect.
Use the spheres in circle time indicating whose turn it is to speak. Use to represent e.g. a magical egg. Ask the children to imagine what is inside and help them to weave stories.
Pretend the sphere is a giant bead from a necklace or a pearl from a huge oyster. Perhaps it could be a spaceship that has landed in the garden and the children can create stories or questions to be asked.