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Science at Home: Geodes

If there is one thing in this life I am certain of it is that two things never change: kids love dinosaurs and kids love rocks. You can find just about any child under the age of 8 and ask them a question about a rock or a dinosaur and no matter what you will get at least one question answered. My kids love both rocks and dinosaurs, and I am certain they know more about both than I ever will. So i try to listen, I try to stay interested, and I try to find them fun activities that allows them to continue to grow in their hobbies.

Currently our household is on a rock kick. So i try to incorporate rock related activities and learning experiences as often as possible. we love to hike and have found many different types of rocks and geodes on our hikes, however, I found this incredibly easy experiment to create our own geodes and knew that my kids would love it.

This fun experiment was posted at Feels Like Home Blog and has a very detailed and easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create your own geodes at home. Geode crystals are such an incredibly cool part of geology and show how sediment is formed to create beautiful things. This would make an excellent experiment for a science fair, home school, or simply to enjoy learning something while having fun with your kids at home.

Be sure to head on over to Feels Like Home Blog to get the full tutorial so you can create your own amazing crystal geodes!

Painted Rocks: Fourth of July Edition

Have you heard of the new fun activity that is becoming very popular amongst kids and parents? Painted rocks. This creative activity began as a fun way to interact with kids on a global level. This rock painting and hiding phenomenon is a way to get kids outdoors and spreading joy and kindness. Consequently, kids and parents go outdoors and find rocks, paint them with any fun, imaginative images, patterns, etc. Then they take the rock with them as they run errands around town. They find a unique place outside to leave the rock for someone else to find, and in turn, they stay on the “lookout” for fun rocks of their own. As a result, the rock hiding phenomenon has reached far and wide already. Painted rocks are hiding and being found all over including Jacksonville, North Carolina; Weymouth, Canada; and Redding, California. The rocks are bringing smiles to face everywhere. Painted rocks - July 4 versions Here in Southern California, you can find the rocks at parks, outside of grocery stores, and at local swimming pools. We have been excited to get in on the rock painting fun. So this weekend we decided to create some holiday inspired rocks, Fourth of July firework rocks. My kids loved painting the rocks. Even my youngest was excited to join in. Afterward, we hid some at the fountain at the mall, one at the community pool for swim lessons, one at the fireworks event, and one at our neighborhood park.

Where will you hide your rocks?