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!
To make your rock collection you will need:
Here's how we get started...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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