The other day when Adam was playing with his Penguin Story Stones he kept trying to stack the penguins on top of each other. It looked like a penguin cairn. The activity got me thinking about different style cairns we could create. A Stack A Stone Rainbow instantly came to mind.
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Creating the activity was straightforward, although time consuming. I took twelve stones and stacked them to make two cairns. It was important that the stones could actually stack on top of each other. I then painted the stones using colours of the rainbow using red paint for the biggest stone. I know there are actually seven colours of the rainbow but try as I may I couldn’t get seven stones to stack on top of each other!
I used a set of acrylic paint tubes to paint the stones. Each stone needed at least two coats of paint on each side. The yellow stone required several more coats. I varnished each stone with a layer of Mod Podge glue. This stops the paint chipping or being scratched off when the stones rub together.
I gave Adam the rainbow coloured stones and we talked about the colours found in a rainbow. I then demonstrated how to stack the rainbow stones. Through previous experience I knew that Adam would get frustrated during this activity. During my demonstration I therefore knocked the stones down several times accidentally. I wanted to show Adam that it was ok if the stones fell down and that part of the activity was to keep trying. He giggled every time the stones fell down and told me to keep trying.
Our stones formed two Stack-A-Stone Rainbows. One used rounded stones whereas the other used flat stones. Adam certainly found the flat stones easier to stack. The activity certainly tested his fine motor skills and his ability to persevere whenever the stones fell down.
Our Stack-A-Rainbow stones will certainly be used time and time again!
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