Creative Corner : Precious Gems

Luca is an incredibly active, intelligent and inquisitive 4 year old.  I don't know about you, but I find that it takes a lot of energy to keep him entertained in positive ways.  I would love to start a weekly link-up of ideas for other families to share fun activities that they are doing at home!  Wouldn't it be great to get a bunch of fun ideas all in one place every week?

Each Friday for the rest of this year, I'll be sharing a small activity that I've planned for our family, and then after the first of the year, I'd like to invite you to share your family-friendly activity ideas in the weekly link-up (it's super easy, and powered by In Linkz--more details as the time approaches). 

For my premiere Creative Corner post, I want to share a very simple activity that has kept Luca busy on many occasions.  I ordered 2 lbs of Brazilian Tumbled Polished Natural Stones on Amazon a couple of months ago that I thought we could use for a variety of projects.  Before we glued them all somewhere or otherwise started using them up, I wanted Luca to have a chance to work on his sorting skills.

I pulled out a couple of divided trays and explained what to do, then let him go to town.  He had a great time examining each stone and deciding which pile to add it to, according to its attributes.  When he was done sorting, we counted them up and made a bar graph, while talking about the different varieties we had received in our assorted bag.

He had a great time doing this activity the first time around, and has enjoyed it several more times.  If you have a great rock bed as part of your landscaping or live near an area brimming with interesting stones, you could do this project for free of course!

I hope you'll consider participating in my Creative Corner link-up in the coming weeks!  It's going to be fun!

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