Rocks, fossils, gems, and minerals are fascinating. If I hadn't gone on to study Marine Biology I think geology would have been my chosen science, one of my favourite modules I took in my degree was all about the Evolution of the Earth - no not of the animals but how our planet came to be as it is. A lot of that was looking at the rocks and minerals and seeing what they told us about the world. Like me Kids are also fascinated by rocks, think of a trip to the beach how many rocks will they secrete in their pockets to bring home to add to the hundreds they already have, or how about sitting playing with the pebbles on a stream. Cultivating this interest and extending it to science is easy and there are so many activities that you can do around rocks as well as some fantastic hands-on resources that children will love to use and explore.
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Covering all areas of Rocks, Fossils and Earth Science Dirtmeister's Nitty Gritty Planet Earth book from National Geographic Kids and is written in a combination of cartoons and factual information. Starting with how the planet was formed it moves forward and explains rocks, fossil formation as well as volcanoes and earthquakes.
Books about Rocks for Kids
Books about Fossils
Books about Earth Science for Kids
For young children the Magic School Bus Series combines fact and fiction to create a story that informs. There are also fact books that accompany the series our 3 recommendations for Earth Science are below
The fiction part of the series The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth is perfect to read aloud from preschool level and introduces what happens underneath the soil as the school bus and children jounery through the layers of the earth.
The Non-fiction accompanying book is The Magic School Bus Presents Volcanoes and Earthquakes this picture filled book is ideal for younger children to read about the planet that we live on and what happens underneath the soil.
A beginner chapter book The Magic School Bus Voyage to the Volcano is a fun tale of what happens when the kids and Miss Fizz venture to visit the volcanoes in Hawaii.
Activity Books for Learning About Rocks, Fossils and Earth Science
Activities for Studying Rocks, Fossils, and the Earth
Investigate how metamorphic rocks are formed with this Edible Science Experiment
Make Sedimentary Rock that you can Eat
Try 2 different ways to explore how igneous rocks are formed.
Start to understand the process of how fossils are made making your own mould fossils in salt dough. You could also investigate how cast fossils like those of trilobites are made with our guide on how to make cast fossils for kids. Or how about look at one of the forms of trace fossils with our trace fossil activity for kids.
Create a 3D Model of the Layers of the Earth with our Template