Science with Rocks

To be honest, we don’t spend a whole lot of time explaining scientific principles to the preschoolers who come to our Wonder Works programs. However, we do play with some scientific ideas (like volcanoes) and make collections that reflect scientific principles of classification and rock origins.

Here are a few photos from previous programs at Wonder Works:

Over the coming weeks we will add details about how we carry out these activities. Or, if you can’t wait, you can contact Eric Gyllenhaal with your questions: eric@saltthesandbox.org

Or you can go to the library!Here are a few of the books we use:

Books with science-related projects for young rock collectors:

Challoner, J. (1999). Young Scientist Concepts & Projects: Rocks and Minerals. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens.

Morgan, B. (2005). Nature Activities: Rock and Fossil Hunter. London: DK.

Books that tell the “life stories” of individual rocks:

Hooper, M., & Coady, C. (1996). The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth. New York: Viking. (Weathering processes and Earth history told as the story of a pebble.)

Hiscock, B. (1999). The Big Rock. Aladdin (paperback version) (Earth history as a backdrop to how a large boulder came to be.)