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Rock Rubbing

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Sand & Water

Topic:

Rocks

Content:

Science

Area:

Fine Motor

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Small Group

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Materials:

Collection of rocks of different textures
Individual wash tubs with water



Instructions:

1. Set up individual tubs of water and the rock collection on a worktable.
2. Give the children time to touch and examine each of the rocks. Point out the different
textures, shapes, colors and sizes.
3. Ask the children what they think will happen when they rub one rock on another? Some of
the rocks are going to make marks on the others.
4.Wet the rocks and then rub them together.
More to do
Snack: Make peanut butter rocks by mixing together 1 cup (250 ml) peanut butter, 1 cup (250
ml) powdered milk and 1/2 cup (125 ml) honey, and rolling the mixture into small balls or
“rocks.”


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