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  • 2012 / 05 / 07
  • Trace Childhood's Footprints - Weplay Rainbow River Stone

Have you still remembered those happy memories of spending your childhood playing by the rivers? Or those children's laughter while you and your kids were playing at the bank of the river, at the seaside?

Jumping and walking are two of the most frequent movement for children. Long time ago, children can practice those movement through the games or by operating things, and then bring up curiosity and problem-solving skills. However, nowadays our environment is surrounded by tall buildings in which the space is extremely limited. Since children have few opportunities to explore and experience the natural environment, motor coordination and reaction ability are less practiced.

Now, a good choice is provided: Weplay's Rainbow River Stone is unveiled. Mimicking real stones by the rivers, 3 different sizes of River Stone have multiple combinations of heights and slopes, giving children different levels of tasks. In addition, the textured surface of the stones stimulates the foot sole. Children can handle arrange the stones by themselves - from storage, assembly to playing.

Arrange the route with children. The bottom is the biggest River Stone, then medium Stone, and the small one is on the top. Hold children's hands to walk across the route, then let them walk by themselves.
Functions
1. Recognize the size.
2. Improve the balance ability.
Reminder
1. Make sure the stones are fixed while stacking together.
2. Remind children to pay attention to the stones' heights, sizes, and slopes.
Arrange a line using the Rainbow Rivers Stone with different heights and sizes. The distance between two stones can be adjusted based on children's abilities. To make the activity funnier, adults can play music or tell a story while children are playing.
Functions
1. Practice motor skills such as stepping and jumping.
2. Children will gain the control of balance through stepping or walking on stones in different heights and slopes.
Reminder
1. Make sure the stones are fixed while stacking together.
2. If the child can not walk steady, an adult can give assistance by holding the child's hand.
Arrange the stones with different heights and sizes to form two near-by parallel lines. Let children walk on the two lines at the same time.
Functions
1. Practice children's body balance skill in both sides.
2. Enhance the control of balance.
Reminder
1. Stones are arranged from the small to the big. The route may vary each time.
2. Make sure children walk steady. Provide assistance when necessary.
Arrange a circle using stones with different heights and sizes. Ask children to walk on the stones. After several practice, children can speed up their walking.
Functions
1. Practice children's motor skills.
2. Improve the control of balance.
Reminder
1. Arrange the stones in the close distance in the beginning of the activity. The distance can farther after playing several times.
2. Children may walk slower in the beginning.
Arrange the stones in the random positions. Parents can play "Hawks catch chicken" with children. Parents are hawks, and children are chicken. Parents try to catch the children who are not on the stones.
Functions
1. Improve children's reaction skill.
2. Enhance the control of body movement.
Reminder
1. Parents can stand a little bit away from the stones. When children are away from the stone, parents can try to catch them. This activity can improve children's reaction skill.
2. The stones in different heights can be used as a chair.
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