Pebble creatures

July 9, 2018

Simple as can be – use stones & stickers to create creatures with personalities of their own!

2 white pebbles on woodland floor with eye stickers on
Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: daylight

Season: any

Tags: early years, eyes, natural materials, pebbles/stones, sticky eyes

Category: art & creating outdoor play


A simple and effective activity that can be enjoyed by all ages; great for imaginative and child-led play outdoors.
Sticker eyes are great to use when working with younger children. If drawing onto pebbles you can use marker pens or, for longevity, weather-resistant acrylic pens.

Important note

If using sticky eyes in your outdoor setting use paper ones rather than plastic.
Paper sticky eyes are white so you can see them on the ground if they fall off, thus helping with a ‘leave no trace’ approach to being outdoors.
Plastic googly eyes are best left at home as, if lost and left behind, they can have a detrimental impact on the environment.

Step 1

Select some plain pebbles with a smooth surface (we used white ones but any colour would work).

2 white pebbles on woodland floor

Step 2

Using the stickers, transform the pebbles into creatures in under 5 seconds … MAGIC!

(The 3-year-olds that participated in this activity needed help to peel off the stickers.)

The eye stickers are made of paper rather than plastic googly eyes and, as they are white, you can see them on the ground when they fall off; thus helping with a ‘leave no trace’ approach to being outdoors.

2 white pebbles with sticker eyes on woodland floor

Step 3

Give your creatures names – ours were ‘Alfie’ and ‘Johnno’.

2 boys holding pebbles with eye stickers on

Take it further

We hid the pebbles for the children to find. They found it very exciting, even more so when they began hiding the pebbles for each other to find!

pebble creature hiding under pile of leaves