Rock obsession! This summer, my 4-year-old daughter has been all about rocks: geodes, crystals, pebbles, painted rocks, & even volcanoes! I bought her a geode kit from Amazon, and my husband had fun helping her crack open the geodes. My 1.5-year-old son also enjoys holding and touching the different shapes and textures of various rocks! This geode kit was a fun way to involve the whole family!
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What you need for the geode kit:
- National Geographic Break Open Geodes Kit – set comes with small magnifying glass, safety goggles, and 10 geodes
- Magnifying glass – we prefer this nice big one!
***Adult supervision and safety goggles are required! The rocks are hard to break, and when cracked, pieces may fly astray (eg, into eyes).
What to do:
- Please follow the directions that come with the geode kit! The geode kit comes with instructions!
- Find old socks that you don’t care for. The instructions say to place the rocks in a sock to keep the pieces contained. The first geode that we cracked caused pieces to fly far! Thankfully, nobody was in the line of fire. However, we placed subsequent geodes in a sock and it was much better. Just know that the sock will likely be ruined due to impact from hammering. So pick a pair that you won’t miss!
Here’s a closer look at the inside of the geodes!
We have been reading the following educational and interesting books about rocks:
- iSuper Science books (detailed review)
We also have the beautiful Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals but have not yet read it. The kids are enjoying looking at the gorgeously detailed photographs, however!
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