Outdoor Hour Challenge: Rock Study Grid

The very simple book that has been the basis of our rock studies and learning

The very simple book that has been the basis of our rock studies and learning

Life since my last Outdoor Hour blog post has been very full of travels, illness, and the holidays, so I wasn’t able to do to much in the way of school or nature study in December.    We finally got back into our routine and are enjoying our nature studies.

The topic for focus with the Outdoor Hour Challenge this month is rocks.  I will admit that I know next to nothing about rocks.  I borrowed a rock & mineral guide from the library and looked up the rock section in the Handbook of Nature Study to try to gain a little knowledge to assist us with our rock challenges this month.  But to be honest, the book that was the most helpful for me was the one I borrowed for the kids:  Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! (a book recommended in the Handbook of Nature Study January newsletter).  So this month, we are all learning the very basics about rocks together.

There is an oval rock, a rectangular rock, a round rock, and a square rock in there

There is an oval rock, a rectangular rock, a round rock, and a square rock in there

In the Rock Study Grid, provided in the Newsletter, Barb gives many ideas for rock activities.  So far, we have taken several “Rock Walks” and found rocks in our backyard to inspect.

1. Find a rock shaped like an oval  (we didn’t really find one shaped like an animal- at least not yet)

Stacking rocks

Stacking rocks- this is right before the knocking down part

2.  Stack some rocks- 3, 5, 10

With small children- 2 of which are boys, 3 was all we got stacked one on top of the other (before there was the knocking down part).  But we did make a rock pile centerpiece on our table that is pretty cool.

3.  Find 3 rocks to take home in your pocket.

I sent the kids out with Daddy a few weekends ago during the small boys’ nap time.  They were given the mission to collect 3 rocks to put in their pockets.  Princess was wearing a dress and did not have a pocket, so she brought a little purse she and I wove together a few years ago.  They went to our neighborhood park and saw some ducks in the creek and rocks in the path and by the water.  Daddy had fun helping them notice the differences between the rocks they found in different places.  I enjoyed the time to myself and they loved their Rock Walk with Daddy!

 

Off on a Rock Walk with her purse as her pocket

Off on a Rock Walk with her purse as her pocket

On the lookout for interesting rocks

On the lookout for interesting rocks

Getting the rocks out of his shoe

Getting the rocks out of his shoe

Enjoying the little rest

Enjoying the little rest

The rocks they brought home

The rocks they brought home

Since then, we visited another nearby park for another Rock Walk and they collected a few more rocks to put in their pockets.  Z-urchin and Shortstop just come along for the ride.  We had just read the book Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! and they were very excited to know that erosion causes rocks to become smaller.  Every time we found a small rock, they exclaimed that the wind or the rain must have been involved.

Princess found a teeny tiny rock

Princess found a teeny tiny rock- a demonstration of erosion!

All three were very excited to look at maps of the park

All three were very excited to look at maps of the park

X-man found three rocks to take home

X-man found three rocks to take home

Princess K and I noticed that the ground was very rocky

Princess K and I noticed that the ground was very rocky

They wanted to help push their baby brother- I love this!

They wanted to help push their baby brother- I love this!

4.  Toss some pebbles into a pond or lake.

In our case, we tossed some pebbles into the creek.  Z-urchin, especially, really got into this activity.

Z-urchin loved throwing rocks into the creek and watching the splash!

Z-urchin loved throwing rocks into the creek and watching the splash!

He also found this hole in a tree stump and filled it with rocks, leaves, twigs, and finally, his socks and shoes

He also found this hole in a tree stump and filled it with rocks, leaves, twigs, and finally, his socks and shoes

5.  Find a rock that will write on the sidewalk.

Princess K was astonished when she discovered that several of the rocks would write on each other.  When she tried these rocks on our sidewalk, it didn’t work.  We finally did find a rock that did write on our sidewalk and she was delighted.

Sidewalk rock writing

Sidewalk rock writing

We enjoyed our Rock Study Grid activities!

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3 thoughts on “Outdoor Hour Challenge: Rock Study Grid

  1. I truly enjoyed seeing all your rock grid activities…especially hearing how Dad took the kids for a rock walk too! Thanks for making the activities fit your family and finding new things that your children can try. Interesting that the rocks would write on each other but not the sidewalk!

    Thanks for sharing your link with the OHC Carnival.

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