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Playing with Rocks    

Sure, Ethan and Aaron are serious rock collectors, 
but they are also kids -- and kids have got to play!  
We've found lots of ways to play with rocks.

bulletTransporting rocks
bulletDigging for rocks
bulletGrowing crystals
bulletMaking volcanoes

  

Transporting Rocks

Rocks were made to be moved.  Our big yellow 
dump trucks keep busy moving gravel from the 
front yard to the back -- and then back again.

  
Digging for Rocks

Digging in Play Dough

We like to bury polished rocks in play dough, and then dig them out with model construction vehicles.  We make our own play dough.  We like the following recipe because it makes lots of play dough:

< http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/playdo.htm >

  

Digging in Mock Rock

Mock rock is pretend rock (kind of like play dough, but with sand in it).  We make mock rock, bury stuff in it -- polished rocks, fossils, whatever -- then dig out the stuff.

Go here to learn how to make mock rock.

      

Growing Crystals

It's easy to grow crystals right at home!

Salt-Crystal Geodes

bulletWe mix warm water, lots of table salt, and some food coloring in a plastic bowl.
bulletWe set the bowl on a radiator to dry for a week or so.
bulletOnce all the water has dried up, the bowl is coated with colored salt crystals!

  

Crystal Garden

We followed directions at this website:
< http://www.rockhoundingar.com/pebblepups/growcryst.html >

These websites have information about growing crystals:

Experiments in Growing Crystals.  This page is part of the Rockhounding
Arkansas
website.  Learn how to grow rock candy and alum crystals, and 
how to make a crystal garden.
   < http://www.rockhoundingar.com/pebblepups/growcryst.html >

Grow Your Own Crystals.  Step-by-step instructions for growing salt 
crystals from the San Diego Museum of Natural History.
   < http://www.sdnhm.org/kids/minerals/grow-crystal.html >

   

Making Volcanoes

Make a simple volcno. Make a more complex volcano. If you want to 
find out how 
we made 
volcanoes, 
visit this page.
We made simple volcanoes... ...and more complex ones.

  


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This page was created on March 12, 2001, and it was last updated on July 27, 2002.