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You Rock!


Set out on a rock hunt and let children collect some rocks. On your return let children clean their rocks and examine them. Children can then

  • sort rocks by size, color, or shape.
  • examine rocks with a magnifying glass.
  • find out about rocks' composition by scraping cement with a rock or scraping two rocks together over black paper.
  • look at picture books of rocks to help identify those that they found.

Let children have fun making homes for their rocks. Offer a variety of containers such as egg cartons, shoe boxes, or coffee cans. Then invite children to decorate their containers with fabric, tissue paper, aluminum foil, ribbon, yarn, and so on. Display children's "rockin' creations"!


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