Rocks and Geodes at Preschool
Because I have a few Minerals and Rocks, I always look forward to our letter R day at Preschool.
Letter R Rock Paper: I always try to have an activity that works on fine motor and learning a letter. You can draw small circles on a paper for the children to cut out. On this day I think I folded the paper into 8th’s and cut them myself so we would have enough time to play a game. It is hard for the kids this age to cut so small. If I wanted the kids to work on this skill I would start with tearing the paper.
Rock Counting Game: I got the bag of rocks, the spinners, and the trash can at the Dollar Store. I think I dumped the rocks in the small can and then the kids spin the number and find the matching yellow card. It is helpful to have the numbers written out on a paper. When they can’t remember what number it is, they count in order on a “cheat sheet” to figure it out on their own. Most children do better at counting then they do at looking at a number and knowing what it is. You could alter the game so each child got a number and then you roll a dice or spin to match the number or gather enough to finish their number.
If needed, depending on the child’s level, you can color that many circles on the card so the kids put the rocks on top of the circle. Older kids can do it without, some 3 year old’s start out matching the dot to the rock.
Break Open a Geode: I got a “break open geode” on a family trip. I saved it all year in anticipation for this day. we found a rock in my yard of similar size so the kids could learn the difference between a rock and a geode.
The after… What a let down, haha. It looked more like a lava rock. Thankfully I had a Geode so the kids could see and touch one.
I started my collection on eBay. I found things for a good price and got a few items. I put them on a towel and set out Magnifying Glasses and Flashlights.
Song: 10 Little Pebbles
(Tune: 10 Little Indians)
1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Pebbles
4 Little, 5 Little, 6 Little Pebbles
7 Little, 8 Little 9 Little Pebbles
10 Little Pebbles in the Stream
Hot Rocks: I’ve never done this with my preschoolers but I have with my kids. You put clean rocks on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes. I can’t remember the temperature. It is most likely in between 250-350 degrees. In the meantime, take the wrappers off some crayons. When the Rocks are hot, remove from the oven and set a rock on the ground. The kids carefully put the crayon on top and melt designs. The rocks ended up not being too hot and cooled pretty quickly. I think we got one rock done and by the time we made it to the second rock, the crayons weren’t melting very much.
If all else fails, just paint them or make them into a rock person by adding google eyes.