Stone Sculptures

Multiple rocks used in arts and crafts at day care

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to explore the textures, shapes, and characteristics of natural materials. These types of experiences allow children to focus, ask questions, try out a variety of ideas, and solve problems.

Materials Needed:

  • Smooth stones or sticks
  • Ribbons or other household materials

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Offer the stones, sticks, and other materials to your child. Say, “What could we build with these?”
  2. Demonstrate a few possibilities, such as laying the stones out in a spiral, straight line, or path. Perhaps you could stack some of the stones to make a tower.
  3. Let your child explore and work with the materials; add other items to sustain interest.
Bright Horizons
About the Author
Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons
In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
Multiple rocks used in arts and crafts at day care