Rock balancing stone stacking art is where rocks are balanced one on top of the other in various positions to produce stone sculptures. Inviting children to balance and stack rocks of different shapes and sizes is a fun STEAM learning challenge for kids.
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Rock Balancing Stone Stacking Art STEAM Activity for Kids
STEAM activities are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities that include the arts. Adding art gives children the opportunity to use their imaginations and develop creativity.
Not all children love science and math, but art can bring them alive. This STEAM activity combines the science of gravity, basic engineering, and art to make learning more fun!
Rock Balancing Stone Stacking Art: Supplies
- River rocks or beach stones (Use a variety of shapes and sizes of rocks.)
- Space to create stone sculptures
You will need to go on a nature hunt for river rocks or beach stones or find a spot with lots of river or beach stones to do this STEAM activity. My family prefers to create rock art in the great outdoors, but home rock play can be just as fun.
Rock Balancing Stone Stacking Art: Directions
First, demonstrate how to balance rocks on top of the other to stack them.
Invite children to stack stones of different shapes and sizes. Demonstrate how to balance and stack them one on top of the other, and then allow the kids to give it a go.
They will eventually learn through trial and error that they must begin with a strong foundation. They will also learn about gravity, and how to build through the trial and error of play
Shhh… don’t tell them. Just allow them to watch you and figure it out on their own. Feel free to throw out hints and guide as needed.
Tell your children to watch their toes if they choose to do this activity barefoot. Find out the 8 Reasons I Allow My Child to Go Barefoot.
It takes a lot of hand-eye coordination and balance skills to stack rocks higher and higher!
Encourage advanced builders to start working with counterbalancing the rocks to stack them.
My daughter and I were able to make a stone arch together… Not bad for our first attempt!
Invite children to balance and stack rocks of different sizes in various positions to produce stone sculptures for a fun STEAM challenge.
This post is a part of the 28 days of STEAM activities. Click on the link to see all of the fun hands-on learning activities for kids!
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