The following post was written by editor Kara Fleck.
If you’ve had a chance to listen to the Simple Mom podcast lately, then you might know that Tsh recently invited me to record with her. We talked about everything from rock and roll to rocks. Yes, rocks.
I made a joke about it during the podcast, but the truth is that rocks are a big deal around here, especially to a certain five year old.
My son Max loves rocks. Like his sister before him, he has become our little rock hound. We have a wooden bowl on our coffee table that holds his collection. From the playground to the library parking lot to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, rocks make their way home in his pockets and then become a part of his collection.
He has small pebbles, large smooth stones, and even some polished stones and crystals thanks to a few visits to our local lapidary and some swaps with friends. (If you live in central Indiana, do check out the Spencer Lapidary) His sisters give him interesting rocks that they find on their adventures, too.
He has even been given rocks as gifts inside of “dragon eggs” that we cracked open to find the gemstones inside. (You can make your own, but we purchased ours from this etsy shop last year)
Max plays with his rocks nearly every day. He sorts them, he arranges them, and he has his favorites. He can tell you where most of them have come from – either who gave them to him or where he found them.
Max’s rocks have been played with in a variety of ways and he seems to constantly be coming up with new ways to use them. When you add a little imagination, rocks are one of nature’s original open ended toys.
Ways Max plays with his rock collection:
- he sorts them
- he uses them as scenery in his creative play
- he scoops and pours them
- his dump truck hauls them
- as pretend food
- as pretend money
- in his sand and water table
- as furniture for his gnomes, peg people, and other “guys”
- as treasure
- as dragon eggs
- he uses them as construction material
- he skips them
- we’ve used them as a counting manipulative
We aren’t the only home with children and a rock collection. In fact, rocks have been covered on Simple Kids a few times.
- Geology Rocks!
- Geology Resources
- Cherishing the Pet Rock
- (book review) If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian
- Nature Collections: Simple Ways to Store and Display
Do you have a rock hound in your family?