If you don’t have trees and rocks readily available near your home, try going to a local park or a public school playground if you’re looking for trees. If you’re looking for rocks, search your city parks online and look for some natural rocks, retaining walls, or climbing areas. Or just look around as you’re driving. You’ll see them everywhere once you start looking.
If the weather cooperates, you can turn your climbing adventure into a fun photo shoot. Just dress the kids in bright, warm clothes and snap pictures as they climb around.
You could also FIND a geode, or thunder egg, GROW one, or ORDER some online.
There are plenty of stores, museums included, that sell semi-precious rocks; let your children pick out a few that interest them, then spend the afternoon researching more about them. What is it called? What is it made of? How is it made? Where are they found?
- If you Find a Rock, Peggy Christian
- The dragon in the sock drawer, Kate Klimo
- The Waterfall, Jonathan London
- Geodes: Nature’s Treasures, Brad L. Cross & June Culp Zeitner
- Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smoth, and Rough, Natalie M. Rossinsky
- The Rock Factory: The Story About the Rock Cycle, Jacqui Bailey
- Everybody Needs a Rock, Byrd Baylor
- A Tree is Nice, Janice May Udry