The Rock QuarryPosted: May 25, 2011 | Author: Jena | Filed under: Imagination, large motor skill, Recycling, Sculpture | 5 Comments »
Most days, when I pick J up from school, he’s on the playground with his little pack of boy friends. All of them are bent over their dump trucks, full of whatever treasures deemed worthy of the day, running as fast as their super fast shoes can take them, usually running from pretend monsters and bad guys.
With his interest in trucks that carry it’s no wonder…
J has a very good friend who owns a Duplo Rock Quarry Set, complete with diggers and dozers, grey Duplos and a plastic mountain. J thinks it’s divine and has a very hard time leaving it after a morning of play. So, after saving the Duplo box info in my head, I realize, we have all the bits to make up a rock quarry already.
I start up a conversation with J about what belongs in a rock quarry, and we make a list together:
A Cement Mixer
A Dump Truck
Rocks, little and big
So we collect all the things on our list, gather it on the part of the driveway already covered with small stones.
We build a little quarry out of bigger rocks.
Setting it up was enough fun for one day. J dug next to the rock wall for a bit and was done.
I can’t wait to see all the ways we use the rock quarry, but I’m already thinking of the things we can add. A huge water bottle from a bubbler, a scale we found at the Swap Shed, oh, and a great new idea I saw on havingfunathomeblog.blogspot.com, coloring warm stones with crayons. The crayons melt as you draw on the warmed stone…we’ll see how things play out and what stories emerge.