Online Resources

There are hundreds of online resources that support playing with and learning about rocks!  Here are just a few of them:

Eric Gyllenhaal’s Neighborhood Rocks website is getting pretty old and outdated, but it still has some useful stuff on it. (The little boys in the photos are now in college!)

Here’s a pretty random list of other website about playing and learning with rocks:

Say Yes to Mess! Play with Rocks
http://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/mess-rocks.htm

Investigating Rocks and Sand
http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200903/BTJSchmidt_Ogu_Expanded.pdf

30 Playful Ways to Teach Young Kids About Rocks
http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/30-playful-ways-to-teach-young-kids-about-rocks.html

Rock and Roll: A Kindergarten Science Unit on Rocks and Soil
http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/2012/04/rock-and-roll.html

Alphabet Rocks Construction Site Activity
http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/07/alphabet-rocks-construction-site-literacy-activity.html

Number Pebbles for Counting and Addition Maths Activities
http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/05/number-pebbles-maths-games-activitie.html

Play Dough Construction Site Small World
http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/01/small-world-play-construction-site.html
http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/06/play-dough-construction-site-small-world-play.html

More Construction Small World sites on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/311874342917889295/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/378513543657027396/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/528117493778795876/

Rocks, Stones, and Pebbles (art and math ideas)
http://stimulatinglearning.co.uk/2015/06/rocks/

Invitations to Explore with Rocks (Reggio Provocations)
http://www.racheous.com/reggio-inspired/rocks-provocations/

Every Rock Has a Story…Our New Inquiry
http://www.wondersinkindergarten.blogspot.ca/2014/04/every-rock-has-storyour-new-inquiry.html

Preschool Unit on Rocks (Pinterest board)
https://www.pinterest.com/jvip21/preschool-unit-on-rocks/

Discovery Box – Pebbles
http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/03/discovery-box-7-pebbles.html
http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/07/mini-discovery-boxes-for-open-ended.html

10+ Stone Activities for Kids
http://happyhooligans.ca/10-stone-activities-for-kids/

Identifying Rocks
https://fitz6.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/identifying-rocks/
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Books about Rocks for Young Kids
http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/books-about-rocks-for-young-kids.html