Use Sand Art to Teach Kids about Sedimentary Rocks

Every year I use Sand Art to teach kids about how Sedimentary Rocks form in layers. This is always one of my camper’s favorite activities. Sand Art gives kids a great visual representation of these different layers. Over the years, I’ve found a great way to do this activity without breaking the piggy bank. Pre-colored sand can be very expensive at craft and hobby stores. A great alternative is using salt that you color at home with liquid food coloring.

The Geology of Blue John Cavern

The Blue John Cavern is located in the Peak District in England near the town of Castleton, Derbyshire. The area of the cavern is formed within limestone strata that deposited in deep ocean waters millions of years ago. Layers of shale and some gritstone, a type of coarse sandstone common in this area, covered the limestone.

How to Draw a Cross-Section from a Topographic Map

Making a cross-section from a topographic is not too difficult and can come in handy for hiking, driving, biking, walking and yes, running. All you need is a topographic map of the area, a piece of graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil.

Luster does NOT mean only shiny!

One of my biggest issues with science teachers in schools today is that they tell kids when they are learning about rocks and minerals that term luster means shiny. Well, guess what, it doesn’t! I wrote a blog post on this several years ago and it is still happening. Again, my daughter came home from […]

Some Rocks & Minerals May Be Ugly on the Outside but Beautiful on the Inside

t’s easy to pass by rocks and minerals while you are walking around but you never know what is lurking on the inside. Out in nature, the outside of most rocks and minerals look drab and dingy because of rain, wind, ice and snow that will wear away sharp points, dull the vibrant colors and cause cracks in the surface of the samples.

Carnelian is one mineral in particular which looks rather boring on the outside because of this weathering when you break it open to see a fresh surface, you can see vibrant orange colors and sometimes, a hidden surprise.

Use Rock Walks to Connect with Your Kids and Science

Looking for some fun time with the kids away from the television, phones and video games?

Try a “Rock Walk!”

Use these cool new tools to discover the name of your mineral!

As someone who loves rocks and minerals, finding a new sample is super exciting. Geologists use some very basic tools to help them determine the name of a rock or a mineral. Identifying a sample starts with discovering the names of the mineral or minerals, in the case of rocks. Mini Me Geology’s new Rock and Mineral Testing Kit has everything you need to get started with identifying your samples.

Our Newest Mineral Kit: Mineral Observation, Hardness & Streak Testing Kit

We are thrilled to introduce our latest mineral kit, the Mineral Observation, Hardness and Streak Testing Kit. This new kit will teach your kids to make scientific observations, test the hardness of minerals using the Mohs Scale and the using streak plates, and compare the properties of the samples in the kit.

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Save summer boredom with the Rock Detectives kits!

Today is National Let’s Laugh Day!

Today is National Let’s Laugh Day! In the spirit of all things funny, here is some of our favorite geology humor. THE TOP 10 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE A GEOLOGIST!