Have you ever wondered, “How do I get my children motivated to learn science?” How about taking the ordinary and finding something extraordinary in it?
Just about every child loves to pick up rocks and fill their pockets. How many have you found while preparing the laundry or cleaning under the bed? Finding an interest in rocks can be a wonderful way to get your children to pay attention to God’s beautiful creation that is all around them! Everywhere you go there are rocks of all shapes, sizes and colors. All you need to do is take time to notice God’s handiwork that is literally right under your feet.
Using Rocks to Teach Science
Go for a rock hunt, look for special shapes, sizes and colors. Bring some art into the hunt; search for rocks to be used to make a great craft project. Look for shapes that would allow them to build a rock tower. Look for certain colors or lusters.
As you are on the hunt, keep your eyes peeled for fossils. You will be amazed at how many you find! Fossils will open up an opportunity for you to talk about the different plants or organisms that have been preserved in stone. No matter where you live, the fossils around you may bring in the Biblical account of the flood and how the fossils came to be found in your area.
Have you ever thought about rock hunting at night? Surprisingly, almost 15% of all rocks are fluorescent. An inexpensive black light flashlight can easily make a fascinating night time search of the magical beauty all around us. Plain gray rocks can turn into vivid oranges, greens, blues and yellows.
Most people may think it is extremely boring to look at rocks—mostly looking at the variety of browns, grays and dirty white rocks that lie everywhere around us. But did you know that there is a virtual rainbow of colors all around us. About 20% of the earth’s crust is made of quartz which comes in a beautiful array of colors from whites, roses, purples, blues, greens, browns and oranges. There are many rocks and minerals that will astound you with their vivid colors. Some are even iridescent.
Using Rocks to Teach Physics
Consider bringing a bit of Physics into your rock hunting. Try finding rocks to skip. Talk about the size, shape and weight of the rock. Which ones skip better than the others? Try your hand, and make a family game of skipping rocks.
Geologists study the physical and chemical changes with our earth. Exploring rocks, soil, and sand around you may allow you to even find unusual and rare rocks and minerals to collect.
Enjoy being your own backyard geologist with your children!
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