At Tinkergarten, one of our favorite ways to play with rocks is to transform them into creature friends. In this activity, kids turn ordinary rocks into lizard friends, then use objects from nature to create imaginary spaces and play experiences for lizards. Here’s how:
Why is this activity great for kids?
Hunting for colorful lizard friends is a super way to introduce kids to the concept of camouflage in an age-appropriate way. Hunting for various colors on a natural background also helps children develop both their sense of sight and their ability to focus
. When playing hide and seek, kids learn to problem solve
and think strategically about what makes a good hiding place. Thinking about the needs of another creature is also a super way to boost kids’ empathy