I know that seven-year-old Emma has especially enjoyed a lesson at school when she comes home and repeats it for her younger brothers and sister! On Friday, she created an afterschool activity for five-year-old Johnny and four-year-old Lily all about studying rocks – washing them, and classifying them based on different characteristics.
Since Emma only had access to the rocks in our very small yard, there wasn’t a whole lot of variety beyond shape, but she did find a couple of unusual rocks, including one with a stripe! The kids decided to use sidewalk chalk to make some of their rocks a little bit more exciting:
A plastic apple tray from Costco makes the perfect rock home! The heart and “rocks rock” rocks were decorated with Pip-Squeaks markers (affiliate link), which I love for their vibrant colors and washability.
This could easily be made into a concrete lesson on rocks (check out this awesome rocks for kids resource), but I left the kids to their creative play. There’s a time for structured learning, and a time for the imaginative exploration that builds curiosity for structured learning!