Toddler Activities: Make Your Own Stepping Stone
Toddler activities like these are great keepsakes! Make Your Own Stepping Stone and Play our Suggested Games Below
This method of making a stepping stone allows for easy decoration by young children. This method
will allow your child to create their own personalized stepping stone without the mess.
Small Bag of Cement
Large Planter Drip tray or Plastic Mold (they also sell reusable molds for stepping stones at craft supply stores)
Items you want embedded (they have a large variety at craft stores but you can find items at home that you want to use)
Plastic bucket to mix cement
- Cut out contact paper to fit in bottom of mold.
- Have your items ready to place on the contact paper (pebbles, glass stars, pieces of dishes, etc)
- Peel backing of contact paper off and place sticky side up in mold.
- Let your child arrange stars, dish pieces etc as they wish.
- Adult mixes cement with water in bucket according to instructions.
- Pour cement into mold on top of items placed.
- Smooth the cement with back of shovel.
- Place in a flat, dry area. Let dry completely. May take up to 48 hours.
- Turn mold over onto grassy area.
- Wipe with damp paper towel to remove dusty residue if any.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
Use flat objects for best results. Although the contact paper will hold items in place, if the object is rounded, cement will seep around it anywhere
the contact paper is not touching.
You can also gently scratch away the very thin layer of cement to better define
some of the objects if necessary. In time over use this will probably happen naturally.
If you have an older toddler, they can help scoop the cement into the mold.
Stepping Stone Game
Counting Count with your child each stone as he or she steps on it. If the stones are embedded so that it is level as in the picture,
you can practice jumping and hopping as you count.
Practicing Number Recognition Number each stepping stone with sidewalk chalk. Have your child, step, hop or jump to the correct number. Call out first in order and
then when your child has mastered that, call out numbers randomly.
Practicing Left and Right Have your child stand so there are stepping stones on either side of them. Instruct them to look left, look right. If they are familiar with direction,
you can ask them to move 1 step to the right or two steps to the left.
As you can see you can play many simple toddler activities that will reinforce counting, recognition of numbers and even direction.
It will also burn some extra energy!!
Numbers and Number Sense
Recognize (Read) Numbers