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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17: Collect Rocks Day (actually yesterday)

Actually, yesterday was Collect Rocks Day, but that got trumped because it was also the day of the birth of Play-Doh. Check out activity K1 in the construction card set and C1-C7 in the nature card set. Among the activities in the nature set are a rock hunt, rock displays, pet rocks, making a rock necklace, and estimating weight with rocks, and playing the games I Spy and Categories. Here’s directions for I Spy:

I Spy: The Rock Version

·         Variety of rocks

1.       Children go on a rock hunt and gather as wide a variety of rocks as they can find.
2.       For the game, lay out the rocks in a space where all the children can see them.
3.       One child is chosen to be “it” and secretly picks one of the rocks.
4.       Other children try to guess which rock was picked by asking questions which can be answered either “yes” or “no”. Examples: “Is it smooth?” or “Is it gray?”
5.       When a child guesses correctly, he/she becomes “it”.

Other Holidays and Events Today:
  • Citizenship Day
  • Apple Dumpling Day

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