Since I defined what a provocation is, I thought I would share some of my favourites, starting with those including rocks!
Some rocks naturally have white lines (bands of quartz) through them. Here a teacher has added the white lines with a white acrylic marker for a line art and math provocation.
This simple tray set up with sand and rocks inspired gorgeous natural mandalas.
Expand this mandala provocation by including rocks and pebbles of varying tones, colours, shapes and sizes. Furthermore, include photos or books with inspirational photos. This provocation included Andy Goldsworthy’s book ‘Stone’.
Extending upon balancing, this provocation included cards with numbers of rocks balanced and patterns.
Add a fine line marker and paper and perhaps you will inspire some observational drawing?
I love this larger scale land rock art! This is beautiful transient art and a great extension on simple outdoor play.
Speaking of cool books, I love the look of the book that inspired all of this awesome rock art at Stimulating Learning!
If Rocks Could Sing (a discovered alphabet) has stones in lots of different shapes that represent things beginning with all the letters. How fun!
My Nearest and Dearest shares two ways to play and create with rocks. Above, she shows how simple black sand and white rocks provokes beautiful calm play and art.
Below, she shares how they make rock people and faces.
Add some simple wire for another element of sculpture and process based creativity.
This looks very inviting. With the book beach stones and muffin tin trays with water, children can wash and arrange rocks.
Along the theme of water, add a brush and dish of water with a larger rock for a lovely open ended provocation.
When you add in scales, a provocation can be taken to a new mathematical level. I love how inviting this looks. I wish this store (Homemade Rainbows – it was so inspiring!) was still open.
Again with sand and rocks, this zen garden inspired provocation would be lovely for some quiet time play.
Lastly, this is a great ongoing group provocation with some simple patterns drawn on felt or card, alongside natural bowls with rocks and pebbles.
Some more books to inspire: