FREE Shipping on all our products! (Please expect 2.5 weeks for delivery due to  transit delays. We ship every day including Saturday

0

Your Cart is Empty

5 Simple Steps For Making A Rock Collection To Show Off Your Latest Finds

August 01, 2018 2 min read

Summer is almost over and now is the perfect time to make a rock collection to show off your latest summer finds!

Ulysses and I like to take a daily walk as long as the weather permits. It's good to get out in the sunshine every once in a while, especially when most of your day is spent in an underground lab!

Anyways, while we are on our walks, we like to pick up and new-to-us rocks. Then, every few months we add those rocks to our growing collection.

Today, Blaine and Tracey asked us to come and share with you all our rock-collection-making process as part of our summer science fun series!

5 Simple Steps For Making A Rock Collection

5 Simple steps for making a rock collection to show off your latest finds

To make your rock collection you will need:

  • An egg carton
  • Paint
  • Rocks
  • White-out
  • Permanent Marker

Here's how we get started...

Step 1 - Collect the rocks.

Before we can have a rock collection we have to have the rocks. So we always start by collecting a few samples. These can be rocks we find on our walks or ones we score at the local general store. Either way, these are rocks that we want to keep around to enjoy for a long time!

Step 2 - Paint the container.

We like to use a large egg carton - one with 18 slots. Then, we paint it all over in amazing designs, or with spray paint if we are in a hurry! Then, we will paint a bit of white-out in the section above each slot on the underside of the top cover so that we can write the names of the rocks we include.

Step 3 - Identify the rocks.

Once the vessel is prepared, we can get down to the nitty-gritty job of identifying the rocks. We have several field guides that we use to do this. Basically, you need a book with a good description and lots of pictures to match your rock with the one you think it is.

Step 4 - Label it all.

Once we know what the rocks are, we can label the rocks and the container. We use a bit of white-out on each rock and give it a number. Then, we place the rock in the correct slot and add the name of the rock to the key we painted on the underside of our egg carton lid in step 2.

Step 5 - Display your collection.

And finally, we set out our collection on display. Sometimes, we like to add a journal with a bit more about each rock and where we found it next to our collection. If you want to do the same, here is a free printable template:

Follow these 5 simple steps to make your own collection of rocks.

Wrapping It Up

So there you have our 5 simple steps for making a rock collection!

If you are looking for more summer science fun, be sure to check out the other posts in this series:



Also in Homeschool Science Activities

How to create a black hole in less than 10 minutes with Sharpies, an oven, and a plastic cup

April 15, 2020 2 min read

Grab a cup and a few Sharpies to make an artistic version of a black hole in this STEAM activity.

How can you create a black hole in the comforts of your home in less than 10 minutes? Click "Read More" to get step-by-step science activity that will explain it all.

How to make your own moon diary with Paul Sims from Sassafras Science {Free Templates Included}

February 12, 2020 3 min read

 

Hi-ya, Blaine and Tracey Sassafras here to share with you all one of our Sassafras Science astronomy local experts. Paul Sims is visiting the blog to tell you a bit about the moon, plus we added FREE moon diary templates to the mix. Click "Read More" to get started!!

3 Winter science activities to spruce up the season

December 16, 2019 3 min read

Winter is here - spruce up the season with these three winter science ideas! Click "Read More" to get started.

Join Us