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Identify Rocks With Kids

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My kids are big rock collectors. They are bringing rocks home from places all the time. They also find a lot in our yard to collect.  We live in the Rocky Mountains, so there are more than enough rock sot spare here!  Since we love rocks so much, I thought it would be appropriate this moth to share some fun things to help kids learn to identify rocks.  While my kids love collecting them, we have not learned to identify the different kinds of rocks very much in our homeschool. But we are starting to and it has been fun!

All About Rocks- Identify Rocks With Kids

Today is the Poppins Book Nook and the theme is The Great Outdoors.  The book I chose to focus on this month is Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans and illustrated by Holly Keller. This is a Reading Rainbow book as well as a Let’s Read and Find Out Science book. I love using both of these lists when looking for quality books for my kids. I love this book because it is fun and informational at the same time. Kids enjoy reading them, but they are also learning as they do.

Let’s Go Rock Collecting talks about the three different types of rocks and how they were formed: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic. It shows great pictures and gives lots of examples to help kids understand. It also talks about collecting rocks and how to take care of your collection. My kids like that part because we are always trying to figure out what to do with their collections.  This book is a great beginner book for kids who want to learn more about rocks.


Identify Rocks With Kids

Rock Identification Kit


I have a fun Rocks and Minerals Collection kit that I found on Amazon to help my kids learn even more about rocks. It came with over 150 pieces and 30 different types of ricks and minerals to identify. There is an identification chart to help kids learn them and sort them. It’s an awesome way to really learn to identify rocks with kids!! My kids have been having so much fun with it.


51oOdDBpaZL is a wealth of information on different types of rocks and how they are formed.  I used their images to create a rock sorting activity for kids. It has pictures and names of the different types of rocks, then there is a sorting page to help kids sort the rocks by type.  If you visit the Geology website, you can learn more about each rock and how it is formed.  If you don’t have different types of rocks available, this is a great way to still be able to learn about them.

Rock Identification Printable from Teach Beside Me

Learn to identify rocks with your kids.

Download a copy of the Rock Identification Activity for Kids!


Also, if your kids love to learn with music like mine do, check out this FREE science song about Rocks & Minerals. We love it!

crayon rock cycle

Want another fun rock activity?  I LOVE this Crayon Rock experiment from Momma Owl’s Lab.

The Poppins Book Nook Hosts:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama


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Poppins Book Nook Themes 2014 - 2015


 This Month’s Giveaway:

Great Outdoors Giveaway Bundle

Poppins Book NookGreat Outdoors Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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  1. We’re possibly doing rocks next year with earth sciences so this’ll be helpful!

  2. Great book and I love the printable! We love rocks! We’ll have to go on a rock hunt too!

  3. This is wonderful! One of my boys really loves rocks and your printable will be extremely helpful to him. :)

  4. My oldest wants to be a geologist when he grows up and these are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Excellent activities, Karyn! Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!

  6. Sara Taylor says:

    I have a rock boy who would love to know more!

  7. My Kiddos love collecting rocks, but I often make them put them back because I haven’t a clue how to classify them myself! Thanks for th printables!

  8. My son has a rock collection, but you know… I never even considered that not at rocks are the same… Thank you for inspiring me to study the different types of rocks with my son and encourage his hobby of collecting.

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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