Every Kid Needs a Rock Kit

That’s right, I believe that every kid needs a rock kit. Why? For so many reasons. Here are just a few:

  1. Science is a part of our daily life from cooking, playing ball, growing a garden, technology & watching a rain storm. Kids need to enjoy science even if they don’t become a scientist for their career, it is important to enjoy the subject. Rock kits get kids excited about science.
  2. Understanding science helps kids appreciate and relate to the world around them.
  3. Science education teaches children more than just geology, biology, or physics. They learn to make observations, collect data, think on their own and draw conclusions.
  4. Without science we would not be able to predict the weather, earthquakes, cure illness or make products that enhance our lifestyles today. We need more scientists.
  5. Kids are naturally curious. Science education fuels that curiosity and provides kids with valuable ideas, skills, & potential future career choices.
  6. Science education gives kids the opportunity to experiment and work in teams increasing communication, research, reporting, and collaboration skills.
  7. Kids who have an understanding of science are more receptive to future technologies and ideas that can stimulate research and development.
  8. Geology education teaches kids about earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis giving them knowledge that can protect their health & safety.
  9. Kids who know rocks and minerals can have many careers such as gardening, groundwater recovery, pollution control and jewelry making.
  10. Rock kits help to engage children with a hands-on introduction to science when they are at a naturally curious age. Since you can keep your rock kit forever, kids can come back again and again to find new details about their rocks.
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Video Review: Help, I Have to Teach Rock and Mineral Identification and I’m Not a Geologist

Do you teach geology in a classroom or to your kids at home? This new book can help you explain the differences between rocks and minerals and how to identify each type. This short video gives you the details about the content of the book and how you can use it with your students.

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Today is National Geologic Map Day!

 

Yes, there is such a thing! 

Happy Geologic Map Day

to all of our geologist and

geology-enthusiast friends!

 

You can learn more about this fun day here.

 

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Happy National Fossil Day!

Happy National Fossil Day

to all of our fossil-lovin’

friends out there!

 

You can learn more about National Fossil Day here.

 

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Let Me Tell You About the Rock Cycle Kit by Piper

This week Piper tells you about the new and improved Rock Cycle Kit!

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Mini Me Geology is Having Fun on Pinterest!

Are you a Pinterest addict? I’m pretty sure we are here at Mini Me Geology. It’s so much fun to browse and find all kids of cool things. Pinners have the most amazing pictures of geology landforms and minerals and fun experiment ideas. I hope you join us on Pinterest for some science fun. Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide board will Launch on November 1st with ideas for everyone on your list.

Here is a list of our boards that you might like:

  • The Who Am I Game! (guess rock and mineral samples from pictures and clues)
  • Mini Me TV
  • Birthday Parties ROCK
  • Home School Geology
  • Rock and Mineral Kits
  • How to ID Rocks & Minerals
  • Geology Jokes
  • Kids Books We Love
  • Metamorphic Rocks
  • Geology Books & Posters
  • Dig Into Geology!
  • Fossils
  • Geological Features & Fun Places
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Experiments & Activities
  • Minerals
  • Classroom Geology
  • Unique Crystals
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Amazing Minerals
  • Geology for Elementary Kids
  • Geology for Tweens & Teens
  • Birthstones
  • Blue John’s Cavern
  • DIY Crafts with Kids
  • Rock Jewelry & Home Décor
  • Our Teachers Pay Teachers Store
  • In the News
  • Fun Kids Foods & Treats
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

So join us on Pinterest today and drop us a note in the comments with your Pinterest boards. We are looking forward to meeting you online and seeing all of your pins!

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You can now link to our Amazon products for affiliate sales

As of today all of our My Rockin’ Collection Junior and Deluxe kits are available for sale on Amazon. By October 1, 2014 all of our Rock Detectives and Rock Cycle kit will be live as well. Now, you can promote our kits and profit too! If you are an Amazon affiliate, you can add our products to your website or blog and then any time your customer or reader purchases one of our kits, you get a percentage of the sale.

If you have questions, just let us know and we are happy to answer any questions about our products or how to become an amazon affiliate. To find our products, just go to Amazon and search for Mini Me Geology. You can also click here to find our list.

 

 

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What can we answer for you?

Every week we try to find interesting tidbits on geology and science education to tell you about on our blog and appreciate all of the emails we get to our site about the topics we choose. As we embark on a new school year and fall season, we want to know what you want to know more about? Are you a teacher and looking for ideas on how to teach geology concepts to your students, are you a home school family trying to find experiment ideas, or are you a parent looking for fun rock and mineral kits to give your kids as a gift? No matter what you are looking for, we want to hear from you. You can leave your comments below or email us directly at rockinfo@minimegeology.com.

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New Video: How to Focus Your Hand Lens / Hand Magnifier

This week’s video was really fun to shoot except that I kept messing up the word MAG-NA-FA-CA-TION. I finally got it!

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4 Tips to Make Your Kids Love Science with My Rockin Collection Rock & Mineral Kits

Rock and mineral kits are a beloved childhood toy. From our youngest geologists who pick up random rocks on the playground to older kids who explore outcrops in the woods, geology fascinates kids of all ages (and lots of adults too). Parents can use rock and mineral kits to elevate science in their kids minds and to promote other skills such as logical thinking and deductive reasoning in older kids and classifying and sorting in younger children.

Tip #1: Make Identification a Game
The My Rockin’ Collection Rock & Mineral deluxe kits have identification cards or an identification brochure (mineral kit) that has all of the information that you need to identify each or your samples. The name of each sample is below the foam in each slot but you can make the identification a game by having your kids try to identify the samples using the identification information before they look under the foam.

Tip #2: Use Deductive Reasoning to Find the Rock or Mineral Name
The Dig Into Geology section on the Mini Me Geology website has identification flow charts that you can download for each of the My Rockin’ Collection kits. Like the identification cards/brochure, the flow chart will help you kids identify their samples but in a different way. The flow charts move from left to right across the page and allow kids to discover the name of their sample using a variety of observations and tests. The flow charts also have pictures of the rocks and minerals so that the children can check their answers. The activities involved in identifying the samples will help develop logical thinking and deductive reasoning skills.

Tip #3: Allow Younger Kids to Develop Sorting and Classifying Skills
Younger children can benefit from using the rocks and minerals in the kits by sorting the samples. The identification flow charts will help you direct the kids with sorting exercises. The flow charts group the samples according to colors and textures that make it easy for younger children to follow. You can also encourage kids to come up with their own sorting groups based on anything that they observe as being different or similar.

Tip #4: Develop Ideas for Science Fair Projects
Encourage kids to develop ideas for science projects by examining the similarities between the rocks and minerals. What questions do they have that a science project can answer? Why do some rocks float while some sink? Why do some rocks seem to soak up water while others do not? Kids have endless curiosity so allow them to explore that by making lists of questions that they could turn into a school science project.

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