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.
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)
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)-See video tutorial below.
Learn about Inuit Inukshuks and Make Your Own Inukshuk (Kid World Citizen)
Garden Treasure Hunt with Painted Rocks (One Perfect Day)
Easy Rock Mosaic (Motherhood on a Dime)
Easy Stone Craft Towers (Inspiration Laboratories)
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)
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)
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!
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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