If you find some rocks to gather, they can make great natural play sparks!
A rock can be painted to look like a lady bug, turtle, curled up cat or dog, sitting rabbit, flower, or anything else you can think of! You can also paint designs, numbers, letters, or words on them. Hide your special, painted rock and have a friend look for it or leave them around your community to bring excitement to others (if you use earth-friendly paint)
Make rock artwork by laying out rocks to make different designs. You might use them to make people, animals, spirals, or patterns and shapes
Make a tower by stacking rocks one on top of the other. You might try to balance as many rocks as you can on top of one another
Sort rocks from largest to smallest
Gather rocks to make an interesting collection
Use twigs to make a grid or draw in the sand or dirt. Then use different colours or sizes of rocks to play Xs and Os
Draw 3 rings one inside the other and toss small pebbles at them. See how many rocks you can get in the rings
Place a small rock on your foot and see how far you can walk before it falls off. You might have a friend(s) do the same thing and have a race
The Summer of Play project and the contents on this page are part of an initiative that grew out of the Canadian Association for Young Children. Please visit CAYC Saskatchewan on Facebook for more information: http://www.facebook.com/CAYCsask
Regina and these playspaces are situated on Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan and offered by the University of Regina, there is a Cree language learning resource available under "Schools and play."