Simple as can be – use stones & stickers to create creatures with personalities of their own!
Age Range: all ages
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: daylight
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.
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.
Select some plain pebbles with a smooth surface (we used white ones but any colour would work).
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.
Give your creatures names – ours were ‘Alfie’ and ‘Johnno’.
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!
You get lots of eyes on a reel so you can do lots of different things.
How about some maths monsters?
One monster with one eye, then one with two, going up to as many as you want/can fit on.
Make a leaf creature or a cardboard creature!
The corrugation provides a great ‘no glue’ approach to adding natural material limbs and tails.
Experiment and add eyes to other natural materials – stand back and be amazed by your creations!
Get engineering and create some amazing micro-dens for your creatures.