Beach stones hobbies for kids give our children a chance to connect or reconnect with nature. Also rocks, minerals and pebble hobbies could help them acquire learning skills, like research and study skills; as they get more involved and passionate about their hobby they want to learn and read more. Following are some ideas for creative hobbies with rocks and/or pebbles your kid(s) could start.
1. Collecting various types of rocks and pebbles is an activity all kids are inclined to. Children could buy rocks and pebbles online or offline for their collection. Alternatively, they could pick rocks and pebbles themselves from the beach or from river banks and river beds. Beach combing and rock hunting are therapeutic and addictive hobbies for adults and kids alike. It is best to go beach-combing for pebbles a couple of days after a storm. Some rocks and pebbles look so interesting and carry equally interesting stories of the way they were formed. If you know what you’re looking for, it is possible to find gemstones as well. So it is a good chance for children to aquire some basic backround knowledge on Geology and Gemology (which, too, could develop into hobbies). Another educational idea is to teach children a little bit of the history of the uses of gems, rocks and pebbles in different civilizations – libraries, book shops and the internet have a good deal of information.
Kids must always be attended by an adult during their explorations in nature walks. Always consult the weather forecast before setting off for your expedition and make sure the place you are visiting is safe for kids, so as to avoid exposing children to any kind of dangerous circumstances.
2. Drawing or painting on beach stones is a very relaxing, self-expressive activity for kids. Give children bright, non-toxic colors to use. Let them use brushes, sponges, potato stamps, Q-tips. Doodling is another good idea and easy for all ages. If kids are preschoolers, they’ll be happy to do some finger-painting on large, smooth beach stones. If you believe that education goes hand in hand with play and art, and if you feel like doing some “homework” yourself, this is an opportunity for them to learn some history on different types of rock painting – how and why people used to draw or paint on rocks in prehistoric and historic ages.
3. Pebble mosaics, making rock animals and bugs, rock dolls, stone cars and buses, pebble key holders, pebble puppets, pebble wind chimes, making beach pebble jewelry, are all beach stones hobbies for kids that children are sure to enjoy a lot. Such artful hobbies will cultivate self-esteem in children, help their personal growth and be a source of happiness and fulfillment throughout their lives.
4. Other beach stones hobbies for kids are: Photographing beach stones and river stones, making collage art and other photo crafts with them, making and taking pictures of land art with pebbles and rocks. They could also make a photographic collection of their own pebble art and rock crafts. This photo collection could be kept in a ring-book, binded in a book they’ve crafted themselves, or even displayed on the wall in their bedroom.
5. Show children how to get inspired by beach stones and river stones and they could start a writing hobby. They could write funny verses and short stories about beach pebbles and rocks and make personal Poetry Collections and Story Collections, to treasure in the years to come as family keepsakes.
Things to keep in mind:
1. With some of the above beach stones hobbies for kids, the little ones may need a helping hand and some encouragement to use their imagination.
2. A great deal of the above beach stones hobbies for kids also offer parents, teachers and child caretakers an opportunity to teach children problem solving skills and goal-setting.
All the above mentioned hobbies for children have an entertainment and social value, as well as an educational one. They make healthier kids with a more balanced, stress-relieved life. It is on you to show them the way to discovering their talents and exploring some new magical paths of creativity through rocks and pebble hobbies.
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