Rocks and Minerals Learning Activities for Kids (with Free Cards)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The summer break gave us an opportunity to explore sciences that Mavi loved to learn but couldn’t because of school.  After our trip to the Wicklow Mountains last month, he’s been asking  if we could learn about rocks and minerals.  He plays Minecraft so he wanted to understand the building blocks he’s using.  I started making the materials last month and it was just a few weeks ago that I finished the entire set and we were able to use it together with our rock collections!

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For the entire we week, we learned about the rock cycle, how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed from different types of rocks, then we also talked about minerals.

For the books, we used:  DK Rock and Fossil Hunter and Let’s Go Rock Collecting.  The first book was more of a reference.   Let’s Go Rock Collecting was the book that the boys enjoyed because it’s more kid friendly.  I really love this science book series and I can't wait to reread this again once Vito is around 3 years old, when he’s able to grasp the concept.

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This one for example is when Mavi and I discussed igneous rocks.  We used the description cards to learn about each rock.  As we examined each rock, I made him identify whether the rock is an intrusive igneous or extrusive igneous.  He was pretty good in identifying!!

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Do you know the difference between the two?

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I love our rock and minerals collections!  I collected them over time! These are from Amazon:
You can read about my review of the products here. And you can also check an older post "Study of Rocks and Minerals for Kids".
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Vito woke up from his nap and joined us later on.  He excitedly sat and started matching the rocks to its “cheat sheet”.
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Yeah, and he mimics everything that Mavi does so here he also used the magnifying glass to check out the rock.
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To make the cards, I took photos of each rock.  Here’s what the description cards look like.  I made them into strips so they will come in handy when we are doing our rock study outdoors. 

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Now, because I love my readers, I am sharing our printable materials!  Click the link below or the image to grab a copy.
Hope you like it. Enjoy!
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! This resource you are providing is going to help me tremendously! We started our rock unit a while ago, but due to a "series of unfortunate events" we had to stop. We hope to get back to it very soon

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  2. This is an awesome printable resource! Thank you so much for creating these. :) I'll make a note to come back when we do a unit on rocks!

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