Garden Update – DIY Stepping Stones

My class made their ‘secret path’ through the flowers, but quickly discovered that it was too muddy to use. They came up with the idea of a path. We discussed different options, and looked up the prices of different materials. In the end, they settled on the idea of using concrete to make their own stepping stones.

I brought in some items to get the ball rolling, and encouraged the students to bring in ‘artifacts’ that represent their personalities.

This was my example. I put some pogs from my childhood, school medal, and coins from countries I’ve visited.

We used washing up bowls, and placed a circle of sticky paper at the bottom to hold the items in place.

Once the designs were finalised, it was time to mix the concrete. The children were fascinated by this process.

Once the concrete was mixed, children took turns to gently place it on top of their items, with teachers placing the initial layer so as not to shift the items about.

The next day, it was time to flip the stones out of their bowls. They slid right out without any problems.

We took turns to slowly peel the sticky paper away, revealing the final product!

Because the cement isn’t fully solidified at this stage, we washed the surface of our stones and rubbed cement away from the items that weren’t fully exposed.

Take a look at our finished stepping stones! Not bad for our first try. On reflection, the children noted that ‘denser’ things (we’ve been studying mass and density in science this week) stayed in place, whereas plastic items floated around and weren’t as visible.

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