Panning for Gemstones
Miniature, personal geological sites were created with buckets & shovel/sifter kits from the Dollar Tree. Tumbled stones from Rock Tumbler were spread throughout the buckets for the most cunning geologists to uncover. Playground sand from a local hardware store and water made it so that the kids were able to pan for gemstones then put them in their own rock kit for later identification.
Rock collecting kits
Make your own rock collecting kit using a bead box from your nearest craft store. Each child gets their own kit, which includes stickers for decoration, a set of magnifying glasses from a local party store, and a kid-friendly rock collecting book from Store for Knowledge.
Never be afraid to swipe ideas from a holiday focused craft. Using instructions on how to make a blarney stone for St Patrick’s Day, Sue made Treasure rocks. Each of Sue’s rocks contained a bouncy ball, but there is no end to the amount of things you could store inside.
To this fun list I would probably add British rock cakes to the menu, and the old game of pass the parcel with a rock theme. Music choices? Rock Lobster and Meet the Flinstones by the BC-52s of course!
Any suggestions on how to rock this theme even more?
Sarah Pinault was born in England, where she lived peacefully until her handsome Prince turned out to be a Mainer. She relocated in 2003 and has been happily living in Vacation Land ever since. Sarah is the mother of two boys, and writes about living the Maine life at www.mainemummy.blogspot.com She is a craft junkie, and a glutton for the written word.