But we are in a countdown to Tucson. 18 days
I love sharing my own love of rocks, minerals and fossils with kids, something callers to fossilicious already know! Today a caller asked about good ways to get started with a rock club. She had great ideas already: getting acquainted, choosing a good club name, and picking a favorite rock.
You don’t need to do much to get kids excited about rocks. Like my caller, most youngsters start collecting early. She couldn’t wait to show the collection she’d made 20 or 30 years ago when she was just 8.
One of my favorite “first” activities is a rock walk. I take kids to a place where there are lots of different choices: a dry creek bed or canyon is great. I ask the kids to pick up as many rocks as they can carry, with just one rule: You can only keep one of each type.
“Each type,” you say? As the kids pick up a rock, they compare it to those already collected. If it looks like any of the other rocks, a choice must be made: Keep the new one or save the old. By the end of your walk, kids will have one sample of rocks of all colors and textures.
Now take the fun indoors. First, hand each child an inexpensive magnifying glass (you can get one at fossiliciou.com) and let them take a closer look. They’ll be surprised at how some of the rocks look waaay different through the looking glass.
Then you can have different teams of kids compare their collections. It can be fun to make it an “everybody wins” game where all kids get a tasty reward for every match.
And while the kids are playing these games, you can feel proud of having practiced the most important skill needed to be a great rock hound: observation.
After this, your kids will be ready to delve into the world of the rock cycle, igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, minerals, crystals…you’ll have no end to things to do!
So thanks, K. for giving fossilicious a call today. Here’s to a great first club day…and many more to follow!