Old things that are hard: these two explorations weren't all that close to each other, but I'll try my best to remember my information sources. If my mind seems a bit sprout-y it is because it is spring and I am presently wondering, HOW are the boys destroying my measuring tape outside? The SOUNDS are tipping me off that there may be some impermissible tape-measure behavior going on. Hold, on....
Then we sang the three types of rock song to the tune of "row, row, row your boat."
Has been formed in layers,
Often found near water sources,
With fossils from decayers.
Then there's igneous rock,
Here since earth was born,
Molten lava, cooled and hardened,
That's how it is formed.
These two types of rock ,
Can also be transformed,
With pressure, heat and chemicals,
Metamorphic they'll become.
Kids loved singing that one.
RocksandMinerals.com and I purchased the Premium Rock Collection. It comes with a handy booklet for those who don't have a strong geology background. I'd say that the booklet is more for adult useage, or middle-schooler/high-school usage, or for the young extreme enthusiast. My kids weren't interested in the more detailed information. This collection was a bit more pricy, but I really wanted the kids to have large-enough samples to hold, feel, and identify. Most smaller sized sets I found on other websites, featured quarter sized rocks, and I felt these samples were too small. I was quite pleased with this sample set.
This is the top part of a donkey skull and S is holding a horse's tooth.
We visited early on a Saturday and there weren't many families at the museum yet. The exhibits were pretty small and old-looking. But it was wonderful to be able to ask the staff person any question we liked about bones and get some up-close, hands-on, personalized lessons about fossils. This first-hand interaction isn't something we've ever gotten at a larger museum and this conversation made the kids' day.
I mentioned this book in a previous post. It is Drawing Sentences by Eugene Moutoux. The kids like the exercises and I love the instruction and descriptions. His website is here and you can now buy it on Amazon.