Stonework Play

Stonework Play Get close to nature; play with stones; draw, write and tell.
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The Art of Stonework Play Once in a while in an ordinary life, Stonework fairytales can happen. It is never ending. You can turn on the tele for your child, who will then be a passive recipient, or you can get out the stones and let your child be a an active participant. You decide. For best results, designate a place for Stonework Play to occur. What I find so amazing is the joy children experience when doing Stonework Play, their attention focused, the calmness that comes over a child engaged with stones. I often see a child gently lift a stone up to his or her face, the mere tactile sensation of feeling the different stones and/or a little rock is that moment when the child connects with nature, with the elegance and peace that natural objects inspire. According to the well-known international infant-toddler specialist, the late Magda Gerber, “Children don’t play because they learn, they play because they play.” What does that mean to you? If you believe in play that puts children in touch with the natural world, stonework may be that special activity. It is that simple.

Mission: My hope is that Stonework Play may help us find inner peace and bring us closer to nature.

05/03/2020

This was in Macau at the World Forum. Near the end it shares participants engaged in Stonework Play. Come on people, get your stones and find a little piece of peace today.

Alphabet Pre-School & Kindergarten
04/30/2020

Alphabet Pre-School & Kindergarten

Tomorrow , the final session is about " Stonework Play" for children of any age , parents , teachers or anyone who would like to do stonework with us. Collect your favourite stones as many as to construct, a pencil and paper to render and a story to share!!! See you at 11:00 a.m

04/20/2020
International Stonework Play Day

International Stonework Play Day

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Rena Forester did come up with an extraordinary idea combining Stonework Play's Rendition to Yoga forms after attending my training. It was definitely her idea.. What a talented, humanistic Yoga teacher for especially young children! Go Rena with one pose and some stones. Good luck in your endeavors especially during this time. It is really needed and appreciated.

Consider getting up and get some stones and try  Stonework Play today.https://www.deseret.com/2016/1/20/20580776/why-cre...
03/26/2020
Why creativity experts believe storytelling and creating with stones may help unleash creativity in young and old

Consider getting up and get some stones and try Stonework Play today.https://www.deseret.com/2016/1/20/20580776/why-creativity-experts-believe-storytelling-and-creating-with-stones-may-help-unleash-creativity-in#little-girl-on-the-winter-beach-composing-numbers-from-small-rocks

Discovered by accident in Nepal, the Stonework Play method costs nothing and puts children and adults in touch with the natural world.

03/24/2020

I am putting this up again to show you all just how powerful Stonework Play is as a best friend from Nature especially during this time in space. Please get some stones like Rob Underwood did in 2013 and see what is going on in your heart. (during this virus shut down) Please read Rob's story. It is so powerful.
This particular encounter the family did it all together in my apt in Leominster, MA. They rented two floors below. Rob was in the kitchen and one daughter was in my bedroom and the other was by my hallway. So to review they gathered stones that I had and then constructed with them, after with a pencil and clipboard and paper they rendered (drew) their construction. It was silent during construction, rendering and narrating..Last was their sharing. It was so beautiful. The whole world could do it now. Kishore Shrestha from Nepal said they are doing it three times. In Malaysia Anne Subashini has done it every week in her outdoor-inclusion program. Please help me to get you, yes you and your family to do this.It would be great cause you all can do this being six feet apart.Let me know and share your work. International Stonework Play Day, or to [email protected]. See videos on youtube under stonework play or Diana Suskind, founder of Stonework Play.

My Story of Engaging in Stonework Play“ by Rob Underwood

I began by first constructing a pyramid. I wanted to see if I could build such a strong structure with all of these misshaped rocks without any mortar.
Then I thought about the strength of shape of a triangle in building. It made me think of my family and the three of us, related to the three sides of a triangle. I then began to sketch what a three- sided pyramid would look like from the sky. Three equal sides supporting and learning on each other. Each of them were three pyramids themselves that together formed one pyramid.
In fact you could flip this shape onto any of its sides and it would still take the same shape.
I then built the three -sided pyramid with the stones. Again, even without mortar are different sized rocks, it still made a solid structure.
Finally to represent how each of us in our family are also are own people, I made us all obelisks, which are essentially in the structures, each with its own pyramid on top.” See photos on FB International Stonework Play Day if you are curious.

To All Children, Parents, Adults on our Planet Earth,Being at home now, parents and children and grandparents; listen to...
03/17/2020

To All Children, Parents, Adults on our Planet Earth,
Being at home now, parents and children and grandparents; listen to me. I want to help. Gather outside some stones (wash them if you desire before starting) and let your families through nature engage in Stonework Play...simply gather stones ( large enough stones for even your littlest one), construct with the stones, render (draw what you constructed) then narrate your story or let an adult or older sibling to scribe and then share your stories within your hearts with each other during this time of uncertainty, too much screen time, boredom. and possibly bickering, all the result of our new normal known as the corona virus.
I promise you this is a worthwhile endeavor. Observe and watch Youtube under heading 'Stonework Play' how others have done it before you. I have taken it around the world to include..., Nepal, Malaysia, Australia, Israel, Macau, Italy, Nigeria, Vietnam, United States, and Canada. On facebook, go to 'Stonework Play' and or 'International Stonework Play Day'. My email is [email protected] if you have any questions and I will respond promptly. Check out on Youtube how to do it see videos under Stonework Play We could do it on Zoom with me if you like.
I am very concerned for our children especially that they have peace of mind during this time, and an opportunity to share their feelings, be creative while engaging in Stonework Play and beyond. During Stonework Play, I suggest to be in the same room yet apart from each other and or go outside your home. Be in silence while constructing, it is like being in a meditative state. You can do it once a week, or everyday and or just have it available so family members can do it whenever they like. Set aside a private space with stones sorted, pencil and a clipboard and paper and you are all set..
We can do this! The light in me to the light in you!
Namaste,
Diana Suskind, Ed.D, RIE Associate, Founder of Stonework Play

https://www.deseret.com/2016/1/20/20580776/why-creativity-experts-believe-storytelling-and-creating-with-stones-may-help-unleash-creativity-in#little-girl-on-the-winter-beach-composing-numbers-from-small-rocks

To All Children, Parents, Adults on our Planet Earth,Being at home now, parents and children and grandparents; listen to...
03/17/2020

To All Children, Parents, Adults on our Planet Earth,
Being at home now, parents and children and grandparents; listen to me. I want to help. Gather outside some stones (wash them if you desire before starting) and let your families through nature engage in Stonework Play...simply gather stones ( large enough stones for even your littlest one), construct with the stones, render (draw what you constructed) then narrate your story or let an adult or older sibling to scribe and then share your stories within your hearts with each other during this time of uncertainty, too much screen time, boredom. and possibly bickering, all the result of our new normal known as the corona virus.
I promise you this is a worthwhile endeavor. Observe and watch Youtube under heading 'Stonework Play' how others have done it before you. I have taken it around the world to include..., Nepal, Malaysia, Australia, Israel, Macau, Italy, Nigeria, Vietnam, United States, and Canada. On facebook, go to 'Stonework Play' and or 'International Stonework Play Day'. My email is [email protected] if you have any questions and I will respond promptly. We could do it on Zoom with me if you like.
I am very concerned for our children especially that they have peace of mind during this time, and an opportunity to share their feelings, be creative while engaging in Stonework Play and beyond. During Stonework Play, I suggest to be in the same room yet apart from each other and or go outside your home. Be in silence while constructing, it is like being in a meditative state. You can do it once a week, or everyday and or just have it available so family members can do it whenever they like. Set aside a private space with stones sorted, pencil and a clipboard and paper and you are all set..
We can do this! The light in me to the light in you!
Namaste,
Diana Suskind, Ed.D, RIE Associate, Founder of Stonework Play

Artist Arranges Stones In Stunning And Therapeutic Patterns On The Beach
02/08/2020
Artist Arranges Stones In Stunning And Therapeutic Patterns On The Beach

Artist Arranges Stones In Stunning And Therapeutic Patterns On The Beach

Jon Foreman discovered land art while in college and immediately fell in love with it. He felt that the natural world had more in it to be explored, particularly where he lives, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Since the area has an extensive coastline, a huge part of Foreman’s work revolves around the…

This is special...
02/03/2020

This is special...

Viaa University 2nd year education students have spent a week in Tabeetha. This was part of a collaboration between Seminar haKibbutzim, Viaa and Tabeetha. Here they are being introduced to Stonework Play.

This is so special I put it up twice.
02/03/2020

This is so special I put it up twice.

Viaa University 2nd year education students have spent a week in Tabeetha. This was part of a collaboration between Seminar haKibbutzim, Viaa and Tabeetha. Here they are being introduced to Stonework Play.

My rendition of the memorial encounter with the turtle.
01/31/2020

My rendition of the memorial encounter with the turtle.

I followed the turtle and look how the turtle got around.
01/31/2020

I followed the turtle and look how the turtle got around.

On Sunday’s with Susan by Nurtured Inspirations 1/19/2020 I  had the distinct honor and pleasure of sharing Stonework Pl...
01/21/2020

On Sunday’s with Susan by Nurtured Inspirations 1/19/2020 I had the distinct honor and pleasure of sharing Stonework Play for Children... an interactive online eworkshop. It was great fun to do an international workshop via the United States to Canada. I would like to share a couple of photos of showing the five steps.
*Step I: Gathering (participants already did that to prepare) Notice, Diane Archer shared there was too much snow so she improvised with backgammon pieces. I initially thought they were miniature girl-scout cookies!😊
Michelle van Heugten, an artist /kindergarten teacher and passionate environmentalist created a poignant story about the blight of Panda species and the burning forests of Australia.

I would like to also share Susan Wright’s construction of going to the beach often with her husband to collect stones and more stones. The construction was so intricate it actually shows how she liked to pick smooth stones and her husband loved to find fossils. A joy they are looking forward to continue in the near future.

And I decided to do one and shared A Gentle Touch Remembered. ( sharing about my scuba diving days with a beautiful turtle)

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01/18/2020
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01/14/2020

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𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 ℍ𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕠 𝔹𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 ℙ𝕝𝕒𝕪 𝕥𝕠 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕊𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕖 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕟 ~ our latest interactive online eWorkshop will help you learn how to guide children to explore the 5 Steps of Stonework Play.


Share in the conversation and hands-on experience with Diana Suskind, Ed.D., who has brought Stonework Play around the world! She'll be LIVE in the Nurtured Inspirations Studio on 'Sundays with Susan'.


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✅ A No-Cost Way to Bring Nature Play to Children


✅ A Practical and Easy-to-Implement Play Experience to share with Children


✅ Nature-Based Play for Children (and Adults)


✅ An Open-Ended Invitation for Creative Play


✅ Provokes Children's Imaginations


✅ Invites Children's Artistic Creativity


✅ Generates Children's Communication and Storytelling


✅ Invites Expression of Emotions, Thoughts, Feelings


✅ Sparks Child & Adult Dialogue and Reflection


✅ Perfect for Observing and Documenting Children


✅ An Interactive & Cross-Generational Experience


✅ Engages Children in a Sensory Experience


✅ Nurtures a Sense of Calm & Tranquility


✅ Easy to Implement in Your Learning Space with Children


✅ Perfect for Outdoor and Indoor Encounters


✅ An Authentic Play Encounter for Children & Educators


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𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝔹𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘
👍 stones for our interactive encounter, a clipboard, paper, and a pencil ✏️ .


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01/10/2020
International Stonework Play Day

I love this one.

Using big stones a wonderful model of a stonewalk was created to be implimented in a family park by Caiden

Gabrijela Haack's children made these constructions  for me. How lovely! We met at CreatedbyFestival at Boston Children'...
01/09/2020

Gabrijela Haack's children made these constructions for me. How lovely! We met at CreatedbyFestival at Boston Children's Museum. They liked doing Stonework Play so much they went and got their own stones and did Stonework Play on their own again and again. I then was invited to do Stonework Play at her child's first grade class in Boston.Thank you for believing and sharing in Stonework Play.

Happy New year 2020 May this New year bring You lots of Happiness good health& prospective! Please read the comments of ...
01/01/2020

Happy New year 2020 May this New year bring You lots of Happiness good health& prospective! Please read the comments of 2019 as well as make some especially if you have been captured.

Looking forward to your comments! It is Dec 3, 2020 today and I documented each 108 photos so you can see possibly your school, conference, country being represented and all the venues giving you a glance of all the places Stonework Play traveled. Stonework Play has been captured around the world in 2019. If you aren't included please add on in comments. This may encourage you to do Stonework Play with your family for the beginning of 2020. I would like to thank you for you all really did a great job from far and near, Malaysia, Macau, USA, Israel, Nepal, Italy, Africa, schools, preschools, orphanages..to even salt caves.

Please notice that the individual who does the gathering and constructing does the rendering (drawing). That is the way teachers (adults) can assess the child's eye- hand coordination, their copying and or tracing the stones skills. As they do this through out the years you will see their skills and competencies grow.

May these photos with descriptions share where it has been and encourages you to give Stonework Play a go for 2020. If you would like to see a grass root movement happening in Nepal enjoy this documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oiazauq1pI&t=1s I am interviewed in English and it is primarily a documentary in Nepalese.

Stonework Play
12/31/2019

Stonework Play

Sharing some more lovely Stonework Play photos from the Early Childhood Conference at City Kids,Tel Aviv. It is important that the adults do Stonework Play before they in turn do it with children. Why do you think?

Sharing some more lovely Stonework Play photos from  the Early Childhood  Conference  at City Kids,Tel Aviv. It is impor...
12/31/2019

Sharing some more lovely Stonework Play photos from the Early Childhood Conference at City Kids,Tel Aviv. It is important that the adults do Stonework Play before they in turn do it with children. Why do you think?

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The Art of Stonework Play Once in a while in an ordinary life, Stonework Play fairytales can happen. It is never ending. You can turn on the tele for your child, who will then be a passive recipient, or you can get out the stones and let your child be a an active participant. You decide. For best results, designate a place for Stonework Play to occur. What I find so amazing is the joy children experience when doing Stonework Play, their attention focused, the calmness that comes over a child engaged with stones. Each child and parent gently lift a stone up to his or her face, the mere tactile sensation of feeling the different stones and/or a little rock is that moment when the child connects with nature, with the elegance and peace that natural objects inspire. According to the well-known international infant-toddler specialist, the late Magda Gerber, “Children don’t play because they learn, they play because they play.” What does that mean to you? If you believe in play that puts children in touch with the natural world, Stonework Play may be that special activity. It is that simple. Recently we even did just that at Soleil’s Salt Cave in Exeter, New Hampshire. See Stonework Play Stones in a Salt Cave on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akBDLojxm4&t=45s

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Hi all, I am a member of Cairns Rocks and came across your page via a post in our group, today I attempted my firt little installation.
A few more gifts made ♡ Really love these tiny stones, so therapeutic ♡ #jahappyhouse #childminder #intouchwithnature #homemadegifts #madewithlove
Nov 3rd is coming along soon please sign into International Stonework Play Day..on FB. You get a free ebook. and it is quite special ...Can’t wait to see the world come together...and you can extend it to the rest of the next week and beyond. Guess what? This might give you ideas. I went to Onondaga Community College which is located in Syracuse,New York a while ago. For the rest of the story this is the first time the 2nd Annual International Stonework Play Day is being offered in the library for all OCC college students, staff. English professors have been invited to use stones as a natural tool for a writing assignment. Even young children can give it a go at their centers on site. It will be available for an entire week starting the 5th of November. Visitors may try it as well. See photos below: Where the Vice President, Lisa Moore is standing.. magically will become the Stonework Play stage through the hard work of Pauline. They, already have painted a stone garden, a stone bridge (outside) and a wonderful restaurant called Stonewalls. Thank you so much for including Stonework Play. Maybe William Nottingham High School, Brockport, Syracuse University and the University of Illinois might be encouraged to try. Congratulations you are the first community college to request support from your entire population. Good luck! Namaste, Diana
I mentioned and briefly explain the process of International Stonework Play Day in my latest podcast episode focusing on rocks as a loose part. Find it at the following link or where you listen to podcasts:
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