My girls both love rocks and frequently come home from our outdoor adventures with pockets stuffed full. Recently, they've taken to destroying, I mean harvesting, rocks from our decaying asphalt driveway. The top layer of asphalt has come off at some spots and the underlying rock layer is exposed. (My hubby and I are having issues justifying the expense of repaving...) Rocks are fascinating to kids and they are a great way to explore some basic geology. A rock collection is a great way to turn those finds your kids come home with into a learning experience.
- sorting containers (we used plastic egg and apple cartons we pulled from the recyling bin)
- desk lamp
- rock and mineral guide (we used the DK Pocket Guide for Rocks and Minerals as well as a one page sheet (Google Doc) I put together comparing the different types of rocks)
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