Exploring Rocks: 3 Ways
Each spring our house and car begin to fill with rocks. Whether it is from our backyard, from the sidewalk cracks on our walks, or from the sandy beaches, our children gather rocks. Each afternoon as I unpack our bags I find a pile of rocks and am forever looking for ways to understand and expand on their interest in these hard things. This is a three part activity that followed a hike by a river.
Place a mirror on the table - one for each child. Pile the rocks in the middle.
Have your containers and playdough or clay nearby.
Store the rocks somewhere so they can be pulled out again. We put the containers with rocks on the shelf next to our play dough for a few weeks to allow for further exploration over time. Keep them available for as long as an interest is there.
Rocks - some smooth and some rough
2 Containers (we typically used recycled clear containers)
*Compare to different materials such as seashells or gems.
*Use a magnifying glass to look more closely at the rocks.
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