15 Rock Activities for Kids

Learn all about rocks with these 15 simple, easy and fun rock activities for kids. Rocks are great for crafting, playing games and collecting.

Child looking at a rock with magnifying glass

Rock Activities for Kids and Toddlers

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite rock activities for kids as apart of our Summer Learning Series. In this series we have 15 activities for kids all about rocks.

Rocks make an easy crafting base and the options are unlimited. They are easy to find outside and my kids spend hours looking at rocks and creating their own rock collections.

Pick and choose some of the activities you and your kids would love to do and have fun learning about rocks. This will be super fun to get outside and start exploring.

15 Activities All About Rocks for Kids

1. Make Your Own Rock

I love this craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning and her step by step instructions on how to make your own rock! I think this is a great way for kids to learn hands on the process of a rock’s development.

Rock craft for kids

2. Learn about the different classifications of rocks and their names

I am in love with this learning activity from Mommas owl lab of using a crayon activity to explain the different types of rocks and how they work. This rock activity for kids is so visual and brilliant!

crayon rock cycle

3. Practice the Alphabet

I have seen a few different options of practicing the alphabet using stones and I really like this one from Buggy and Buddy.

rock stones

4. Make your own rock collection

Whether you decide to gather up your own rocks or paint your own from inspirational laboratories, your kids will love having a collection that is all their own. This is great rock activity for all kids.

rock collection for kids

5. Create a Nature Journal

I love the idea of encouraging my kids to be scientists, explorers, and investigators. You could create a special notebook for them to keep all of their special discoveries in like this from Carrots are Orange.

rocks round up journal

6. Read about Rocks

I love this list that was put together by Fantastic Fun and Learning! She really knows these stories and can tell you which ones are best!

7. Go Exploring

Some of my favorite memories as a kid are simply being outside and discovering new rocks with different shapes and sizes. Head outside and go on a hike in the mountains. It is beautiful and there will be plenty of rocks to explore along the way.

Bring a magnifying glass to explore the different types of rocks. My boys love to throw rocks and the kids have fun gathering special rocks for their rock collections.

8. Develop your own Rock Currency

As kids my brothers and I used to create our own little “shops” were we would set up our own collection of valuables. When I say valuables I mean that they were sticks that were shaped like a gun, snail shells, rocks, flowers, etc. We had so much fun and we also added a “rock currency” of deciding how much each item was worth and exchange these items through purchasing them with our collections of pebbles. It was a game with we came up on our own and we absolutely loved it.

Rocks stacked up

9. Go Skipping

You could create a game of actually skipping with rocks like hop scotch…but I am a sucker for simply going to a lake and skipping rocks. This rock activity reminds me of my Dad. When we were kids, he loved to hunt with us for flat, smooth rocks and we would practice skipping rocks for hours.

kids skipping rocks on the beach

10. Create a Rock Hotel

My son loves to use the rocks around our house to build a little “hotel” for the bugs that live around our house. He will gather up potato bugs and put them inside of their castle.

11. Go Rock Climbing

Depending on the age of your kids this could be an actual rock climbing experience or just find some big rocks to actually climb on.

12. Read If You Find a Rock

This is more of a sit down rock activity for kids. “If You Find a Rock tells about discovering different kinds of rocks but the classifications are different from the norm. Along the way kids are introduced to a chalk rock, a wishing rock, sifting rocks, a worry rock, a hiding rock, and more.

Reading the book on its own may be a little abstract for younger preschoolers, but if you have a collection of rocks for them to hold and discuss then the book becomes a wonderful tool for learning and conversation.

This is a great book to read before heading out on a nature walk. Since reading it my oldest daughter continually tells me what kind of rocks she is finding when we are out and about.” Thank you to Fantastic and Fun Learning.

13. Watch Return to Oz

I had to add this movie simply because there is a rock man in it and it is a fun movie from my childhood!

Return to Oz

14. ROCK JUMPING

What a fun idea rock activity for kids from playtivities.com. Make a pathway with rocks to hop from one to the next.

rock activities for kids

15. Rock Activities for Kids: Hide and Seek Rocks

Find a special rock that is easy to find (depending on the age of your kids) and take turns hiding it. This is a simple rock activity for kids and they will spend hours playing this. You can play this inside your house or outside.

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  • such a great roundup. I hope it will inspire other parents to encourage kids to play and learn more about rocks. They are amazing. Oh, and thanks for including our rock jumping activity.ReplyCancel

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