Rocks are all around us!
We walk on them, we build with them we use them for making glass and jewellery. They can be light or heavy, they can be old or new--ish! And one thing for sure is that they are fun to find out about!
So let's do it, let's research rocks in our 'rock theme'!
There are loads of lovely books you can dip into for your rock theme. If you like to titillate the kids interest and start your theme with a story book as I like to do, a good one to look at is
Everybody need a rock by Byrd Baylor.
Its a fabulous book which gives the reader 10 things to look for when selecting the perfect rock. Read it and then go out and let the kids find a their very own perfect pet rock!
This is a great way to start your topic on rocks.
Having read the book above to your kids and discussed what sort of rock would make a good pet rock as the book suggests go on a rock hunt.
I suggest you ask the kids to find more than one perfect rock just in case they want to add to the 'family' later on!
Once back in the classroom let the children look at each others rocks. They might like to describe what their rocks are like and why they chose that particular one. And don't forget to take a picture of it before you start to decorate it so you have a before and after image.
Now the fun bit!
Give the kids paint, wool ,feathers googly eyes, beads and anything else you have in the cupboard together with some some strong glue and let them loose!
They could make a home for their rock too and if they get really into the theme they could make their own 'rock carry bag!'
Pet rocks really do not like being home alone!
[For instructions Click here.]
If your pet rock is to go places with you, it will need a passport.
Create a short form that you can give out to the kids which includes the rock's name, date of birth, place of birth and a picture showing what it looks like. They could use a photo for this if they prefer.
The form, when complete can be stuck onto the inside of a folded piece of card to make a passport. They could list all the places their rock has visited inside and illustrate the cover.