Throw a Rock Detectives Geology Birthday Party for Your Kids with this Party Plan

Is your little one having a birthday? Do they love rocks and minerals? Then throw them a Rock Detectives Geology Birthday Party!  This party idea is based on Mini Me Geology’s Rock Detectives line of kits to give your child and their guests hours of fun.

Below you will find a Rock Detectives Geology Birthday Party Plan with ideas that will help you design a party full of rock and mineral identification activities, geode cracking, panning for minerals and storage box creation. Throwing a party is simple, choose the Rock Detectives kits that you want to use as the theme for the party such as minerals, crystals, rocks or all of them.  Your kids can learn about Metamorphic Mysteries, become a Sedimentary Sleuth or solve an Igneous Investigation. You can also design your party around our Crystal Geometry and Crystal Experiments kits or go on a Mineral Mission.

Our Rock Detectives Birthday Party Invitations and Activities eBook includes instructions for panning, geode cracking, storage box creation, and rock bingo as well as invitations to send to your guests! In addition to the activities in the party eBook, each Rock Detectives Kit comes with its own CD with an eBook full of activities, puzzles, and experiments that you can use at your party.

ROCK DETECTIVES PARTY PLAN

Activity #1:  Arrival Puzzles & Coloring Pages

Each party pack of Rock Detectives kits comes with a free parent copy of the Rock Detectives eBooks so that you can print and prepare the party activities from the kits before the kids arrive. Each kit has word puzzles, mazes and coloring pages that you can give to your party guests to occupy them as other guests arrive.

Activity #2:  Create-Your-Own Rock Storage Box

A good geologist always has a way to carry their samples. Create fun storage boxes out of inexpensive items from around your house. Instructions are provided on the Rock Detectives Party eBook. You can use plastic boxes or egg cartons to make great boxes with individual slots for different samples.

Activity #3:  Sample Identity Detection

Print the sample identification and activity pages from the Rock Detectives eBook and let your party guests follow the clues to identify the name of each sample in their Rock Detectives kit. Each kit comes with a hand magnifier to help see the details! We recommend that you use one Rock Detectives kit for every two to three kids at the party so they each have samples to identify and test.

Earth's Treasures Geology Sifting CupActivity #4:  Panning for Rocks, Minerals & Fossils

Mini Me Geology’s new Earth’s Treasures Geology Sifting Cups are a fun party activity and great take-home gift. Each 8-ounce jar is filled with natural beach sand, rocks, minerals, and fossils. No two jars are exactly the same so each child has a unique set of samples. To find your hidden treasures, simply pour the contents through a beach sifter as real geologists do. The sand will fall through leaving your goodies behind.

If you don’t have a beach sifter on hand have the kids create their own by layering several layers of aluminum foil then rolling the ends together to make a bowl. Using the sharp tip of a pencil, poke small holes in the foil to create a homemade sifter that will allow the sand to fall through and keep the treasures on the foil.

If you prefer to make your own sifting gifts, use a small bucket or mason jar and fill it with a mixture of sand, rocks, minerals, and fossils.  Instructions are provided on the Rock Detectives Party eBook. We have bulk rocks and minerals and fossil shark teeth for your panning buckets.

Activity #5:  Geode Cracking

All good geologists break open rocks to see the inside. Kids love to crack open large geodes to see the crystals inside. Instructions and safety precautions are provided on the Rock Detectives Party eBook. Our large geodes make great take-home gifts for your party guests.

Activity #6:  Geology Experiments

All good geologists love experimenting on their samples. Each Rock Detectives kit includes instructions for experiments that you can do during the party like growing sugar and salt crystals, creating metamorphic rock cookies and much more. Don’t worry if you run out of time, you can print the instructions and let the guests take them home.

Activity #7: Wrap Up with Rock Bingo!

Play Mini Me Geology’s Rock Bingo to wrap up your party. The bingo game is included on the Rock Detectives Party Invitations and Activity eBook. A great gift for winners is rock candy from your local candy store. If you can’t find the candy locally, give us a shout and we can point you to some online sources for bulk rock candy.

Get started planning your party today! If you have questions about our kits or how to throw a successful party, contact us.

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Happy Birthday Friedrich Mohs!

Friedrich Mohs Birthday

Today is German Geologist Friedrich Mohs’ Birthday!

Geologist Friedrich Mohs was born on January 29, 1773, in Gernrode, Germany. Born Carl Friedrich Christian Mohs, he was a geologist and mineralogist who during his career worked at a mine, as a mineralogist for a private collector, and as a geologist for a museum. During his career at the museum, Friedrich began to identify minerals using their physical properties. One of these physical properties was the hardness of a mineral, which led him to create the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness in 1812. Friedrich Mohs died on September 29, 1839, at the age of 66.

Still today, we use mineral hardness as a clue to the identity of a sample. The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness is a relative hardness scale with 10 mineral samples and several common items such as glass, fingernail, and a pre-1981 penny. Each item on the scale has a specific hardness. Talc, number one on the scale is the softest and diamond, number 10, is the hardest. The Mohs mineral scale and common object are:

Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness

In this video we discuss how to use the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness with your own samples.

Get a Free Rock & Mineral Fun Book for Your Kids!

Free Rock & Mineral Fun Book

We have a new free 53-page Rock and Mineral Fun Book available for kids, classrooms and home school families and groups. Sign up for our newsletter through the blog (top right corner) or on our website. You will get an email with a link to download the book. Please note that our newsletter is a double opt-in so once you complete the second opt-in you will immediately receive the email with the download link.The Rock and Mineral Fun Book includes:

  • Puzzles,
  • Coloring Pages,
  • Experiments,
  • Rock and Mineral Identification Flow Charts,
  • Image Galleries,
  • Birthstone Details,
  • Viktor’s Ice, the prequel novella to the Crystal Cave Adventure series.

We hope you enjoy our new Rock & Mineral Fun Book. If you have questions about any of the information in the book or other Mini Me Geology products, please contact us.


Mini Me Geology’s Mineral Madness is the Perfect STEM Kit for Kids

Mini Me Geology is proud to announce their newest geology kit, Mineral Madness. With the importance of STEM education rising, we are dedicated to developing kits that allow children to explore science with quality hands-on samples, accessories and information. The Mineral Madness kit has fifteen (15) mineral samples, a white streak plate, and a mineral identification brochure. Kids are challenged to identify each sample using the streak plate, visual observations and the information in the brochure along with support information from the Mini Me Geology website. After kids determine the name of the sample, the brochure provides additional information about the properties, use, and common locations for each mineral type.

This kit is perfect for kids starting out in geology who are intrigued by the colors, shapes and unique features and older students who are honing their identification skills. Mini Me Geology’s in-house geologist designed this kit so it is economical for parents and schools while providing a generous variety of sample types for kids to explore. The 15 included minerals are:

  • Augite,
  • Azurite,
  • Beryl,
  • Calcite,
  • Fluorite,
  • Garnet,
  • Gypsum,
  • Halite,
  • Kyanite,
  • Magnetite,
  • Malachite,
  • Olivine,
  • Milky Quartz,
  • Amethyst, and
  • Sodalite.

A 2” x 2” white streak plate is included so that students can test the color of the streak to help in the mineral identification process. The brochure includes information such as color, luster, hardness, streak, and features, which will help in the identification process as well as a picture of a typical sample. Mini Me Geology offers free resources in our Dig Into Geology section of the website including how to videos and printable identification flow charts to assist you they work to identify your new samples. Follow these links to download your own free identification charts and learn how to properly test your mineral samples.

Download a Mineral Identification Flow Chart

Video Article:  How to Determine Hardness Using the Mohs Hardness Scale

Video Article:  How to Perform Streak Test

Join in our Mineral Madness and get your kit today! If you have questions about the kit or any of the samples, get in touch.

Special Offer for newsletter subscribers!

We have a new free 53-page Rock and Mineral Fun Book available for kids, classrooms and home school families and groups. Sign up for our newsletter through the blog (top right corner) or on our website. You will get an email with a link to download the book. Please note that our newsletter is a double opt-in so once you complete the second opt-in you will immediately receive the email with the download link.

The Rock and Mineral Fun Book includes puzzles and coloring pages, experiments, rock and mineral identification flow charts and image galleries, birthstone details and a copy of Viktor’s Ice, the first book in the Crystal Cave Adventures rock collecting, time travel series for kids.

Mini Me Geology’s My Rockin’ Collection Deluxe Rock & Mineral Kits

Mini Me Geology’s Deluxe My Rockin’ Collection series rock and minerals kits are the perfect STEM geology fun for children and adults.  Mini Me Geology’s series of rock and mineral kits are the perfect collection for kids, teens, and collectors who love geology. You will enjoy these kits that feature large mineral and rock samples, identification accessories, sample information, and sturdy storage boxes. The Mini Me Geology deluxe kits are perfect for classrooms and homeschool STEM geology lessons too.

Kids will have hours of fun with the My Rockin’ Collection Series Kits, Mini Me Geology’s Deluxe Rock and Mineral Kits. You’ll get 10 or 15 large rock or mineral samples, a hand magnifier, and a set of identification cards. The mineral kit also comes with white and black streak plates. Each kit comes in a sturdy plastic box, with snug latches that keep the box closed and everything in its place.
Each identification card includes a photo and information about the physical properties of the rocks and minerals. This information will help identify your sample. Then, look under the green foam to find out if you’re right. After naming all your rocks or minerals, there’s more information on the identification cards about each sample, like where the sample can be found, unique features, and common uses.

If you’re looking for more information about your My Rockin’ Collection Kit, check out the Dig Into Geology section at minimegeology.com, to learn how to perform a proper streak test, how to focus your hand magnifier, how to use household items to test the hardness of your minerals, and how to determine rock textures. You can print out an identification flowchart, it’s a fun and easy way to identify your samples.

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Mini Me Geology Rock Detectives Kits for Elementary and Middle School STEM activity fun!

The Rock Detectives Kits are absolutely perfect for kids who are starting out in science. These kits are great for STEM activities and they can help kids who are resistant to science become more interested through the experiments, activities, puzzles and coloring pages. This video gives you a little more insight into these fun kits that we developed just for kids!

Kids will have hours of fun with the Mini Me Geology Rock Detectives Kits. These fun kits come complete with six or seven cool rock or mineral samples, a hand magnifier and a mini CD with 30 pages of mineral information, sample identification activities, puzzles, coloring pages and experiments. Other fun activities on the CD include creating your own adventure story, making a personal geologist field notebook and your very own rock collection box. No CD tray? No problem! Each pdf eBook is downloadable, too.

Our Rock Detectives kits are best for ages 6 through 12.

Choose from:

  • Mineral Mission
  • Crystal Experiments
  • Crystal Geometry
  • Igneous Investigation
  • Sedimentary Sleuthing
  • Metamorphic Mystery

If you’re looking for more information about geology, check out the Dig Into Geology section at minimegeology.com.

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Ask-a-Geologist Your Questions about Rocks, Minerals, Fossils!

Do you have questions about geology, rocks, minerals or fossils? We would love to answer your questions in our next Ask-a-Geologist question and answer video. We would love to hear from kids, teachers, homeschool parents and anyone who just loves Earth Science. Submit your Ask-a-Geologist question today: http://bit.ly/ASKAGEOLOGIST

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Rock & Mineral Poster Sets for Home, Classrooms & Schools – Perfect for STEM Lessons

At Mini Me Geology we have a great selection of geology products that are perfect for all of your STEM lessons. This fun rock and mineral poster set has four posters for Minerals, Igneous Rock, Sedimentary Rocks, and Metamorphic Rocks. You can find these on our website.


These are the same flyers included in our Junior kits and our Colossal Rock and Mineral Kits and are perfect if you have a rock collection or if you are looking for an inexpensive way to introduce rocks and minerals as a hobby to your children or in school for earth science lessons. Each flyer features 10 of the most common samples found in natures. Flyers include minerals, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rocks.

Mineral flyer includes: augite, calcite, fluorite, gypsum, halite, kyanite, magnetite, olivine, amethyst, and sodalite.

Igneous Rock flyer includes: basalt, granite, monzonite, obsidian, pegmatite, pumice, rhyolite, syenite, trachyte and volcanic breccia.

Sedimentary Rock flyer includes: arkose, bituminous coal, conglomerate, coquina, loess, fine-grained limestone, banded sandstone, shale, siltstone, and oolitic limestone.

Metamorphic Rock flyer includes: amphibolite, gneiss, hornfels, pink marble, phyllite, quartzite, schist, slate, garnet schist, and anthracite coal.

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Crystal Cave Adventures Blends English Language Arts and STEM into an Exciting Novel Series for Kids

Crystal Cave Adventure NovelsThe release of the Crystal Cave Adventure series is an exciting step that blends fun adventure stories with science. In today’s world when Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum is all the rage, a novel series that can transport kids to a story that is fictional yet has a touch of real science woven throughout the series is a welcome change to many children.

The series, which just released its third book, tells the adventures of young teenagers Emma and Brody as they travel through time to collect rare mineral samples from around the world. In Book 1, Blue John’s Cavern, Emma meets Brody, her new neighbor in Diamond Falls, West Virginia. When Brody discovers that Emma loves rocks and minerals, he offers to take her to meet the famous geologist who lives across the street, Heath Matthews. Mr. M, as the kids call him, is preparing his prized rock and mineral collection for a display at the State’s Natural History Museum. When a thief breaks into the Matthews’ home and destroys the collection, Emma and Brody offer to help recollect the samples. Mr. M gladly accepts the help and then sends Emma and Brody on the wildest ride of their lives when they learn the secret of his collection. The magical, time-traveling Crystal Cave.

Currently, the series consists of:

Book 1, Blue John’s Cavern. After accepting their offer to help, Mr. M promptly sends Emma and Brody is Castleton, Derbyshire England in 1785 to collect a sample of the rare Blue John Fluorite. You can read the full book blurb here to learn more about this amazing adventure and the mysterious young girl who helps them along the way.

Book 2, Rusher’s Gold. Emma and Brody travel to the California Gold Run in 1851 to collect a sample of pure gold but when their plan goes awry they learn that their actions in the past can have dire consequences to their future. You can read the full book blurb here.

Book 3, Black’s Opal. Emma and Brody travel to Lightning Ridge, Australia in 1925 to collect a sample of one of the rarest minerals, the Black Opal. Along the way, they meet a young girl with a secret that just may change their lives forever. As they search for the Black Opal, the kids must avoid stampeding kangaroo, flying boomerangs and survive a goat cart race at the Easter fair. When their escape plan lands them 2000 years into the future, will they be able to get back home? You can read the full book blurb here.

The Crystal Cave Adventure series has a self-contained story in each book with a story arc that carries through all of the books. As they solve one mystery, another mystery begins.

The Crystal Cave Adventure series is available in eBook and paperback at all major retailers. For a free introduction into the series, you can download a copy of Viktor’s Ice, the prequel novella which tells the story of the birth of the Crystal Cave. When Mr. M and his students discover the magical cave and fall hundreds of years into the past, can they survive being stranded in the Arctic Ocean with a longship full of Vikings? What mineral will they find that just might save the day? You can get a free copy at Mini Me Geology, the Author’s Website, or from Prolific Works (formerly Instafreebie).

The Crystal Cave Adventure series is written by a geologist, Tracy Barnhart, who loves all things geology, adventure and time travel! The series is published by Giverny Press.

‘Bread Rocks’ Make a Fun Metamorphic Science Experiment

Bread Rock Experiment – Learning how Metamorphic Rocks form from Sedimentary Rocks.

As sediments build up in layers over time, they may become compressed and turn into a sedimentary rock. A significant increase in pressure with low to moderate temperature increases may cause metamorphism to take place and turn the rock from sedimentary to metamorphic. This experiment will allow you to create your own sedimentary rock then with exposure to heat and pressure, change it into a metamorphic rock!

You will need:

  • Bread (at least three slices – try to use different colors like white, wheat, and/or rye)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Mini Chocolate chips
  • White Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Wax paper
  • Foil

To Do the Experiment:

Bread Rocks Experiment Steps

Step 1: Layer the bread slices with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. You can create the sediment layers in any manner you choose. If you choose to make patterns on one or more of the layers it will help you to see changes in your “rock.” Sketch your rock on a sheet of paper so you remember the pattern.

Step 2: Place the bread rock onto the waxed paper or foil and sit in a warm location such as outdoors on a hot day or on a stove top. If you have access to a microwave, you can also heat it for a few seconds on low power.

Observe:  Did the heat cause any changes in the bread rock? Did the marshmallows or chocolate chips begin to melt and change from their original state?

Step 3: Place a piece of waxed paper or foil on top of the bread rock and stand on the rock for one to three minutes to represent millions of years of pressure on the rock. Usually, we equate one minute of standing for each one million years of pressure.

Observe:  Did the pressure cause any changes in the bread rock? Did the marshmallows or chocolate chips change shape or pattern? Are the rocks layers easy or difficult to separate after the metamorphism?

This experiment is great for kids of any age. Beware, many of the kids will want to eat their metamorphic rocks (eew, gross!) so make sure you wrap them well before the kids stand on them. This is one of the great experiments in our Rock Detectives Camp Guide. If you have any questions about this experiment or any others in our guide or on our site, contact us and we will be happy to help.