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Have you ever wondered if all rocks are the same? They come in different shapes and sizes but what other differences can you find in rocks nearby? Collect a variety of rocks and line them up so that you can compare and contrast them.
Question and Wonder:
- Are rocks made out of the same things?
- Do they all feel the same? How is their texture different or similar?
- Do you see any objects or colors in your rock?
Imagine and Design:
- Observe the rocks you’ve collected. How are they different? Can you sort them based on their similarities?
- Dip your paintbrush in your cup of water, what happens when you add water to the rocks? Do they change?
- How many different ways can you sort your rocks? By size, shape, weight or even color?
Test and Discuss:
- What other tools could you use to compare your rocks?
- Where do you think your rocks come from? Can you imagine where the rocks may have been?
- Do all rocks sink? Test this out by placing your rocks in a bowl or cup of water.
- Can you make any designs or shapes with your rocks? Try lining them up to see what you can create!
Did you Know?
There are lots of interactive activities you can do with rocks. Start a rock collection of rocks that you find in your favorite places. Paint notes or colorful designs on rocks and leave them around your neighborhood for others to find and enjoy! You can even research the rocks and minerals that you can find in your area or from different parts of the world.
Remember, your child’s brain is a sponge, soaking up words, experiences, sensations. Even if they cannot speak yet, talk to them, with them, ask questions. They are hearing and absorbing, and you are giving them language for their thoughts.