Rocks for Play and Learning at Wonder Works

Our Rocks for Play and Learning program is presented about once a month at Wonder Works, a Children’s Museum in Oak Park.  Through April 2017 we plan to present the program on the third Friday of each month, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

The stations for Rocks for Play and Learning program are constantly evolving. Here are the stations we played with during our February 17, 2017, program:

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Overview of the Rocks for Play and Learning setup in the museum’s Build It exhibition.

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Rock Museum on the left, Book Corner on the right

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A closer look at the Rock Museum

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The Gravel Pit, where bulldozers and dump trucks more large rocks around

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Rock activities in the front, rock-moving electric train in the back

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Touch, lift, and collect rocks that trains transport today (and coal that powered trains in the past)

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Make sparks with a tiny quartz crystal and use a compass to find magnetite.

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Touch and collect geodes

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Sort colored rocks

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Electric train with a coal hopper car and two gondola cars to haul rocks

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Iron ore and coal (in the low containers) can be loaded on the train

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Train tracks are built on long mounds of gravel, called ballast

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Load and blast pretend and real rocks at the GeoTrax quarry

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Books for a break

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Wooden train quarry layout with rocks and home-made play dough

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Sift rocks from the sand and take a few home in a tiny bag.

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Some rocks sifted from the sand