Winner ERA Award 2013 - Early Years Resource or Equipment - non ICT
Young children often love stacking, transporting, lining up and posting objects. They will enjoy threading these appealing metallic rings. Designed to engage the very young and in line with schematic behaviours.
The pebbles have a treasure like quality. They can be used in small world as a construction resource and much more. The open-ended nature of the rings means that children are encouraged to use their own ideas.
Set includes: 16 Donut Pebbles in 4 sizes. 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:
Children may enjoy stacking the donuts on to a kitchen roll holder. Supply more than one so they can try different ways, such as alternating colours.
Use as part of a construction kit. The shapes lend themselves well to stacking spherical items. There is an added sense of challenge as they are curved, not flat.
Use as a treasure trail, following the pebbles.
Use on glittery cloths. Try the shapes on a light box for added sparkle.
Young children will perhaps like to use them as a grasping resource, as their fingers can easily hold the smaller rings. The donuts could be threaded on to ribbons for a mobile. The donuts could be used as a giant threading activity. (They could create a giant necklace).
Try using the donuts as part of a circle time activity, passing one around the group.
Children will enjoy using them in small world play. Their imaginations may lead the donuts to become spaceships, magic cakes etc.