Sometimes, though, when my oldest gets a "special activity" with mom or dad, she has a TON of fun playing the "advanced" versions. These are similar to the preschool version, but they include chances for bonus markers based on the questions on the cards. SUPER fun!
And Rock On! is so much more than just a geology game (though,by itself, that is extremely cool)! It is a chance for children to explore, handle, examine, and learn about their world by using really neat rocks!
MORE Preschool Activities With Rock On!:
1. Identifying Rocks: The first thing we had to do when we opened the box was let everyone touch all of the big rock specimen. Then, of course, they wanted to name them all! Naming them used matching, reasoning, analysis, and process of elimination skills. These are important early math and science skills that they will build on for years!
I've tried a few different set-ups with this game, and found them all very successful:
* My kiddos love having it at a center table where they can get it and play with it anytime they like. The rules are straight-forward, and the preschool-level can be completed in about ten minutes. This provides a really healthy child-led group activity!
* We've used it as a quiet time activity when some of the younger children are sleeping. This is super popular because the older kids feel like they actually get to play during quiet time!
* Finally, we've pulled it out for a group activity. Sometimes (especially lately, as I am homeschooling through the end of a pregnancy), I find myself just wanting something that takes no planning, is tons of fun, involves everybody, and is still educational. With all the early math, science, and geology skills that are involved in actually playing Rock On!, I feel like my kiddos are playing to learn. And, best of all, it encourages a love of learning. And that, (developing a love of learning) is one of my ultimate educational goals for our young children. The more they enjoy the learning process, they more they continue to learn.
I am just thrilled that Melissa, the creator of Rock On!, has taken the initiative and challenge of creating a game that has so much appeal to children and incorporates so much learning as they play! I am happy to recommend it to everyone! It is currently available on Amazon (affiliate link below).
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