Outdoor Hour Challenge – Start a Rock Collection

Outdoor Hour Challenge:
Rock collecting comes naturally to most children. Rocks seem to fill their pockets and many times end up in yours as well. One way to build appreciation for rocks is to start a formal collection. Honestly, your personal collection can be just a few rocks that have special meaning or interest to you. Start small. This week you are encouraged to find one or two rocks that you can add to your collection. Use a rock field guide to help identify your rocks. (See the Amazon widget at the bottom of this entry on the blog for my suggestions.)

You may wish to use some of the ideas from last week’s challenge: Rock Grid Study.

Thank you to Middle Girl at Hodgepodge for making a treasure box for us to see.

Rock Collection Box Printable
To go along with this challenge, I have put together a printable that you can use to create your very own rock treasure box using an empty egg carton. Print out it out and then decorate it with paints, markers, glitter, or any other art materials you have on hand. Use the labels to record the names of your rocks.

My Rock Treasure Box Printable

Getting Started Suggestion:
If you already own the Getting Started ebook, complete Outdoor Hour Challenge #6. 
In this challenge you will find suggestions for starting and making collections of all kinds. Rocks you collect yourself during your outdoor time or while traveling are a perfect way to build up a lifetime appreciation for rocks.
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  1. I really need to dig into your rock ideas. I have a 2-almost-3 year old daughter that is a future geologist. Carries rocks everywhere. Sleeps with one or two in her hands. She even tried one in her nose – twice. First time took a trip to the doctor’s office. Second one was further up, hurt more, and was Saturday evening. To the ER we went. That’s one pricey rock. :)

  2. We just decided to start following the Outdoor Hour Challenge. We didn’t collect rocks yesterday because ours are all under the snow. But we did find some nice pine cones. We look forward to joining in :)

  3. We had alot of fun – collecting by type – this week. Thanks! Thanks Middle Girl for sharing!

  4. Love this! Thanks!

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