Sunday, July 25, 2010

Science Sunday: Rocks and Gems

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The kids decided they wanted to learn about rocks when they found a Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig kit at Michaels.  We purchased the kit, took it home and got our materials ready.

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The kids geared up

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and started digging for rocks and gems.

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They had fun digging but the rocks and gems were a disappointment because they were teeny tiny. We found a total of 11 gems and rock.  We tried to identify all of them ~ which we did not succeed in doing.  They were so tiny it was hard to see the different colors, etc. in the stones.

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We ended by reading Let’s Go Rock Collecting and talking about the different kinds of rocks.

Next Sunday I will post about the experiments we did to demonstrate how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed.

For more fun with science, check out Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

~Cindy

8 comments:

alecat said...

Oh, what a shame it was a disappointment. :(
I'm looking forward to your future post on the experiments.
Catherine (aka alecat, Australia)

Ticia said...

That's a shame. I wonder if you could do similar by putting it in plaster of paris, but putting more stuff in.

Nikki Olivier said...

Hi Cindy, thought you may like to look at a post I did on our gem stone factory visit-my children are 5 and 3 so they look about the same age as yours. Here's the link: http://ourjourneyinhim.blogspot.com/2010/04/scratch-patch.html
I'm sure your children could learn something from it.

Nikki

Lindsay said...

Looks like it would have been a lot of fun.. I know Sammy would have loved to smash things up ;-). Disappointing the stones were so small! Pretty sure I passed a kidney stone that size ;-)

Rebecca said...

This looks super fun! And i just realized im on your blog list- thanks so much!!

Jolanthe said...

fun...even though it had a tiny output. :)

Apryl said...

Just wanted to let you know, you won a blog award:

http://wearefollowinghimhome.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-awards.html

Apryl said...

Just wanted to let you know, you won a blog award:

http://wearefollowinghimhome.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-awards.html

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