Place your rock collection from the rock hunt on a table and set up an art activity. Invite the children to make Pebble People. Provide markers to use to make the features and provide grass and leaves to glue on for clothes. The children can also glue several small rocks together to make different shapes. A heavy glue will be needed for sculptures. Children may discover that the flatter and smoother the rock, the easier to join, but that some rough pebbles help to make interesting characters.
Let the children create a home for their Pebble People. Offer a variety of containers: egg cartons, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, yogurt cups and so on. Encourage your students to decorate these homes with collage materials: tissue paper, construction paper, gift wrap, fabric, aluminum foil and so on.
Challenge the children to dictate or write stories about their Pebble Person, describing it, its home, family, daily activities and favorite foods. However, take time to discuss reality too. It is fun to use one’s imagination to make up stories about rocks, but children should realize that these are pretend. Rocks really don’t eat, live in homes or have activities. To help clarify, refer back to the rock facts that the children wrote earlier. Compare these to the creative stories about the lives of their Pebble People.