Winner ERA Award 2013 - Early Years Resource or Equipment - Non ICT
Use indoors and out. The smooth pebbles delight and engage. Try stacking, rolling and sorting. An open-ended resource that can be used in a variety of contexts e.g. mathematical, sensory, construction, small world etc.
Imagine a lunar landscape with shiny spaceships. Children will delight in exploring and experimenting with this captivating collection.
Set includes 4 x 8cm, 4 x 15cm, 2 x 20cm pebbles. Wipe clean.
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 children explore the pebbles independently. They may choose to sort, roll, stack or transport the pebble into a spaces. Some children may be exhibiting varying schematic behaviours and the pebbles may enhance their play. Some may choose to line the pebbles, transport them, envelop etc.
The pebbles make interesting contents for treasure basket.
Incorporate the pebbles with different resources e.g.
Metal bowls, wooden bowls
Real Pebbles (3yrs+)
Play matching the shapes/sizes. Try it with the pebbles in the set, then with other circles. Promote using the correct terms for size e.g. large , medium.
Play hiding games with the pebbles, leading a treasure trail of clues.
The pebbles are useful for sorting and sequencing into patterns.
Use for repositioning activities e.g. next to, on, under etc