30 Playful Ways to Teach Young Kids About Rocks

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  1. 30 Playful Ways to Teach Young Kids About Rocks

We had so much fun with our R is for Rocks theme! You can see how we combined our activities into a full week of learning for home preschool or preschool classrooms in our rock theme lesson plan set. I love when themes take something that kids see in their everyday lives and allow them to explore the material in different ways.  I can’t wait to share some of our activities with you soon.

Before I do, I wanted to share a collection of some playful ways to teach young kids about rocks. These are some activities available around the web, and they are mainly focused on teaching kids ages 2-6 about rocks in a hands-on way.

Playful Ways to Teach Young Kids About Rocks

Rock Collection Ideas

The Rock Collection (Inspiration Laboratories)

Rock Collection Fun and Washing Rocks (In Lieu of Preschool)

Sensory and Fine Motor Activities

Fine Motor Practice with Rocks (Connecting Family & Seoul)

Hunting for Diamonds in a Rock Sensory Bin (The Pleasantest Thing)

Make a “Rock” Band (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Learning About the Types of Rocks

Use Crayons to Mimic How Different Rocks are Formed (Momma Owl’s Lab)

Make Different Foods to Illustrate the Different Types of Rocks (Preschool Scientist)

Kindergarten Science Unit on Rocks (Kindergarten Kindergarten)

Rock Demo Science Investigation (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Learning Activities

Letter Stones (Buggy and Buddy)

Alpha Rocks Using Rub-On Letters (The Write Start)

ABC Rock Fun (Parent Teach Play)

Rock Memory Game (Spell Out Loud)

Free Printable Pet Rock Writing (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Counting Rocks Sensory Bin (Connecting Family & Seoul)

Make Story Stones (Teach Preschool)

Using Rocks and Minerals as Inspiration to Read and Write (This Reading Mama for Steve Spangler Science)

Make a Rock Science Experiment (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Learn about Inuit Inukshuks and Make Your Own Inukshuk (Kid World Citizen)

Art Activities

Garden Treasure Hunt with Painted Rocks  (One Perfect Day)

Easy Rock Mosaic (Motherhood on a Dime)

Easy Stone Craft Towers (Inspiration Laboratories)

Open-Ended Rock Art (The Chocolate Muffin Tree)

Painting with Rocks BIG Art (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

ConstellationArt (Creekside Learning)

Rock Rumble-Shake Painting with Rocks (Not Just Cute)

Tumble Painting with Rocks (Motherhood on a Dime)

Pictured Rock Inspired Paintings (Child Central Station)

Rock n Roll Painting (Putti’s World)

Painting Rocks with Chalk (Connecting Family & Seoul)

Paint a Worry Stone (JDaniel4’s Mom)

Create Rock Pets (2 Big, 2 Little)

Make Rock Creatures (Little Moments)

Ladybug Rock Craft (Learn Create Love)

Cooking with Kids


Make Stone Soup with Your Kids (Motherhood on a Dime)

30 Playful Ways to Teach Young Kids About Rocks

The next post in this series will include some of my preschoolers’ favorite books about rocks. While you are waiting for that post, go ahead and start collecting some rocks! Anything will do…nothing fancy. We’re going to be putting those rocks to good use soon. And don’t forget to let your kids give their rock collection a good wash. This was an activity my kids went back to over and over again during our rock theme!

Wash Your Rock Collection

Do you have any other ideas or activities related to rocks? I would love for you to share them in the comments.

Find more rock ideas on my Letter R Pinterest Board.

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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.

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  1. I used sandstone rocks and let the kids rub them on the rough gourds. I also love, this Geode looks like cauliflower.

  2. How brilliant! We have been having fun with alphabet rocks and there are some brilliant ideas here we can try, thank you 🙂

  3. We are right in the middle of a rock unit for my son’s kindergarten lessons. We’ve done several of these things, and I’m excited to see many new ideas! Thanks for sharing. I’m featuring this on The Sunday Showcase.

    • Thanks so much for featuring this list. I’m glad the timing is helpful, too! You might also enjoy some of the other rock ideas we have coming soon.

  4. I love this round-up of ideas! Thanks for sharing at Share It Saturday!!

  5. What a great list of resources! I like the crayon rocks, it’s a great idea.

  6. What wonderful collection of ideas! JDaniel loves playing and learning with rocks.

  7. What a great round-up! So many clever and fun ways to learn and play with rocks! LOVE it!

    I am featuring this at TGIF today here – http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/03/tgif-linky-party-67.html. Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity with the rest of us! Feel free to grab a NEW featured button.

    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  8. Wow! So many fun activities! Thanks for this awesome list!

  9. Thanks for sharing. It is a wonderful resource. The crayon rock experiments brings the boring science concepts to toddler level, amazing. I started host Mom’s library linky with True Aim. I am going to feature this on iGameMom.com on Wednesday, and on my Pinterest Kids Science Activity board (http://ow.ly/iHdep). Thanks again for putting together the list of activities.

    • I thought the crayon rock experiments were very creative, too. I look forward to checking out your features on Wednesday, and I appreciate you adding this post to your Pinterest Board…you’ve got some great activities there.

  10. Love this list! Thanks so much for including me! 🙂

  11. You have tons of creative ideas. I like the crayon rocks. We read the book Rocks in His Head by Carol Hurst. It’s a cute children’s book about a man who ends up working at a museum during the Great Depression.

    • Shaunna says:

      I hadn’t heard of that book before, but I just read a little about it. I’ll have to remember it next time we are learning about rocks. Thanks for the suggestion!

  12. Love those rock collections. DD is always looking around for interesting rocks, I must show this post to her:) thanks for sharing

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks! My girls are little rock collectors, too. We really enjoyed this theme. I hope you and DD can try out some of the activities.

  13. I’ve pinned this. It’ll be so useful for our geology studies!

    • Thanks! I hope the ideas will help you incorporate some things all of your kids might enjoy learning together. There’s more coming in the series, too.

  14. Wow! This is an impressive round-up. I will have to come back and check every link! LOL I remember loving rocks as a child and although I’ve included them a few times while teaching my son, I am always looking for more ideas and it looks like there are TONS out there! Thanks for sharing.

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks! I enjoyed putting it together…so much great inspiration! I love building our play and learning activities on themes the kids are naturally interested in. And when the items come from nature it also makes our activities inexpensive or free which is another bonus! Hope you’ll come back to check out the rest of this series throughout the month.

  15. This is a wonderful list…thank you! Pinning it to my Preschool Science board.

  16. I also wanted to add – thank you for sharing my post. 🙂

  17. I love this collection. You’ve shared so many great ideas, and I really like that you’ve covered so many ways to play- art, cooking, fine motor, sensory…you’ve got it all! 🙂 I’m pinning it.

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks! I know my oldest daughter would love to hunt for diamonds like you did in your activity! Thanks for sharing your idea 🙂

  18. This post…ROCKS! Great roundup of rock ideas! Pinning for sure!

  19. What a brilliant round up of ideas Shaunna! Thank you for including our garden treasure hunt with painted rocks. I can’t wait to try some of the other ideas here. I’ve pinned this to my “Exploring Our World” board on Pinterest.

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks so much for allowing me to share your idea. It definitely makes me wish I had a garden, but I think we can still incorporate the concept into our play. I think you’ll like the other activities that we have coming throughout the month of March!

  20. This is such a great list!:) I will bookmark it and pin it for this summer!!! 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks so much. I loved how your activity incorporated history and art! We’ll have even more ideas for you to pin throughout the month of March.

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