Thursday, August 18, 2016

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21+ Rock Activities for Preschoolers! - Great Rock Theme!

Do your kids love rocks? Use that passion to fuel a huge rock study with these rock activities for preschoolers!



You can use rocks for fine motor exercise, crafts, science, art, math, letter learning, and so much more!

If you're interested in a set of more formal lessons for a Rock Theme or Rock Unit, click here. I have a whole printable rock unit set up for you! If you're just looking for preschool rock theme ideas, you will love this collection:


CRAFTS:
1- Make rock pets (like these rock bugs)
2- Make rock weights
3- Make stone fish

LITERACY:
4- Make diy alphabet pebbles 
5- Make an alphabet rocks construction site
6- Play Construction Race to learn letters & numbers

LAB STATIONS:
7- Sorting! Sort by size, color, shape, or anything else!
8- Counting! Collect rocks and count them!
9- Weighing! Use a digital scale, a balance scale, or a triple beam balance to weigh your rocks. Weigh them one at a time, or as a group!
10- Magnifying! Use a magnifying glass to make close-up observations!
11- Testing buoyancy! Use a bucket of water to see if your rocks float or sink. Be sure to provide some pumice or some other rock that will float!
12- Rubbings! Explore texture by making crayon rubbings on paper over rocks!
13- Streaking! Test your rocks' "streak" by rubbing them on a streak plate (you can use unglazed porcelain tile).
14- Testing hardness! Try scratching your rocks with a penny, another rock, and other objects!
15- Testing with water! Depending on your kids' ability, measure water displacement, volume, and/or density!

EXPERIMENTS AND/OR DEMONSTRATIONS:
16- Fizzing sedimentary rocks
17- Erupting igneous rocks 1 (use eruption instructions here)
18- Erupting igneous rocks 2 (use eruption instructions here)
19- Crayon changing "metamorphic" rocks
20- Make soil from rocks

EDIBLE EXPERIMENTS:
 21-  Edible sedimentary rocks
22- Edible igneous rocks
23- Edible metamorphic rocks (instructions at the end of this post)


There is SO much you can do with rocks! What do your preschoolers love to do with rocks? How do you use them to learn? I'd love to see!!

You can get my {FREE} Rock Unit here and check out over 150 science activities here! There is something for everyone!!





Happy Educating, Carla
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