Learning about Geology: Activities and Crafts

Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday! Now that you’ve learned all about Geology from our last post, here are some fun geology-related activities and crafts you can do at home/outdoors with your kids.

Felt Geology in a jar: Check out this beautiful felt terrarium made by Amanda Heikkinen (FeltFinland) which illustrates the layers of the earth. Just use a spaghetti jar and some different colors of felt, toss in some beans sand or small stones to add different textures.

If you are new to felting, here is a video tutorial for beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck6SUiwPGpw

At any rate, I don’t think you would need to prick the felt too much for this activity, except if you want to make the little tree, boat and landscape at the top.

The Crafty Classroom has some really fun activities including making an erupting volcano, a land form diorama, and a model of the Earth’s layers.  Get cracking with geodes and discover the beautiful secrets hidden inside these plain looking “rocks.”  Make fossils, explore and study shells, then set up a complete Rock and Mineral Discovery center: https://thecraftyclassroom.com/crafts/geology-crafts-for-kids/

Soil Study

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has this cool detailed lesson plan (Download PDF)  on how to take soil samples and study them with kids (ages 6-14) http://www.fao.org/3/a-i7957e.pdf

Around the Kampfire has a whole lesson plan with activities on Learning about Landforms, where kids sculpt and paint their own land masses, learn about and draw maps, and incorporate a writing and presentation. https://aroundthekampfire.com/2014/09/learning-about-landforms.html

Little Bins for Little Hands

I think I posted this one before in the Earth Science Projects, but it’s a fun Lego project for kids to create the layers of earth: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/lego-soil-layers-activity-kids-earth-science/

Edible Geology:

Check out this website for the Great Geological Bake-off from the Geological Society of London: Amazing creations that may inspire your next cake for Elternabend!

And these super cute Layers of the Earth Pudding Cups:

https://leftbraincraftbrain.com/layers-of-the-earth-pudding-cups/

(See featured image)

Beakers and Bumblebees: The Rock Cycle (5th Grade)

This teacher made A SONG ABOUT ROCKS!! You can sing it to to the tune of “We will Rock You!”

I’m posting the link but will also copy the lyrics here because..how awesome is that?

https://beakersandbumblebees.blogspot.com/2009/12/rock-cycle.html

We will we will rock you!

we will we will rock you!

Volcanos erupt with lava so hot

it cools and hardens and its igneous rock cuz

rocks can change…all over this place…

they weather, and melt, and get rearranged!

We will we will rock you!

we will we will rock you!

Rock gets weathered into tiny tiny rocks

layers and layers get piled on top

it gets compacted, its elementary

this rock will become sedimentary

we will we will rock you

we will we will rock you!

Any type of rock under heat and pressure

becomes metamorphic and thats for sure

cuz rocks can change, all over this place..

they weather, and melt and get rearranged

we will we will rock you

we will we will rock you!

Please let us know if you do any of these or if you have any tips for other great geology resources!

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