A lot of the featured crafts for our geology unit are actually activities! Children can explore the world around us with hands on activities and experiments. Come along and make an erupting volcano, a land form diorama, and a model of the Earth’s layers. Get cracking with geodes and discover the beautiful secrets hidden inside these plain looking “rocks.” Make fossils, explore and study shells, then set up a complete Rock and Mineral Discovery center.
For children who are especially interested in this topic I recommend looking to see if there is a rock hounding group nearby. Or try your hand at geocaching, or painting and hiding rocks in your community.
This Layers of the Earth Craft is great for hands-on learning projects. Many children are visual learners and the use of models is a great way to introduce important information. Use this fun 3D model to learn all about the earths layers.
Making fossils is great fun, and really not as “troublesome,” or “messy” as you might think! This craft really drives home the point in how fossils are formed and leaves children with a lasting impression!
Learn about landforms with this free diorama project for kids! Students create a 3-D model with this simple tutorial. Follow up with our free printable landform worksheets.
Handy with a hammer? Break open these seemingly lackluster rocks to reveal the beautiful crystals inside. These special rocks are inspirational for all types of lessons with your children!
This is probably the best Science Fair Project EVER! Children love to mold these volcanos (ours is made from salt dough) into shape then them make them erupt over and over.
Children love to explore and learn about all the amazing rocks and minerals they discover. Here are some hands-on activities and ideas you can use to make a fantastic Rocks and Minerals Discovery Day!
We used these rocks and minerals worksheets on our discovery day. These are great for children to store information about size, color, shape, and weight.
Grab your pail and shovel and head to the beach for some seashell collecting. (or in our case order a bag online!) Then open up your own store in the sand. Use our printable sorting cards or encourage your children to paint their own signs.
Children love sorting sea shells. Simply sorting them by shape makes a great activity for preschool aged. I made these so that my kiddos could have fun aged children, and the older ones love to learn the different names of all the shells. I found so many different “names’ for the shells, you’re welcome to change them as needed.