Rocks for Play and Learning at the 2016 ESCONI Show

Our ESCONI Juniors booth had Rocks for Play and Learning stations in the back and ESCONI sales and grab bag stations in the front.The major goal of the ESCONI stations was to help young rock enthusiasts build their collections in a cost effective way. (We also sold educational rocks and fossils to teachers at a discount.) The individual Rocks for Play and Learning activities had specific educational goals, but one of the major goals for the overall area was to give families a place where less enthusiastic children could come for a play-break while their parents and older siblings enjoyed the rest of the show.

First, here are photos of the Rocks for Play and Learning activities:

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Overview of the free Rocks for Play and Learning activities

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Make a Rocks from Volcanoes collection and try the sparker (quartz crystal makes spark when hit by a tiny hammer)

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Math with Rocks activities

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Electric train with examples of ballast rocks (limestone, quartzite, and granite)

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Take-home iron ore samples

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Take-home samples of Illinois coal

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Play-dough quarry with wooden trains

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Magnetite samples and craft done using polished rocks

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Make collections of three classes of rocks and of minerals found in pegmatite

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Play with rocks in the “gravel pit.”

Here are photos of the ESCONI Grab Bag activity, spinner, and sales area:

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Overview of the ESCONI Juniors sales area

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Grab bag specimens

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Grab bag specimens

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ESCONI spinner, 5 spins for a dollar

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ESCONI Juniors sales area

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ESCONI Juniors sales area

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ESCONI Juniors sales area

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ESCONI Juniors sales area

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ESCONI Juniors sales area

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