I know, I know, a preschool rocks theme can bring visions of rocks being thrown and boo-boos. Let's teach our kids to be more curious--beyond the throwing! Let's investigate them!
Let the Preschool Rocks Theme planning begin!
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Another theme you may want to combine with this theme:
Preschool Rocks Theme Art
Painting With Rocks
Use rocks as you would for marble painting!
Place paper in a shallow box cover or tray.
Plop on a few colors of watered down paint.
Add a few rocks.
Shake the box left to right and and in circles.
This is a two part project!
MAKE THE STONES
Materials needed: white glue, flour, sand, water, cake/pie pans
Make enough for all the kids. The proportions are: 1 part glue and 2 parts flour, 2 parts sand, 2 parts water
Spray the pans with Pam or other cooking spray.
Fill with the dough and let dry (takes about 3 days or so).
PAINT THE STONES
The children then paint as they like.
When dry, make an obstacle course with them to follow!
Pet Rock Thanks again, Kimberly, for this idea!
Have the children collect a rock for a pet. Have them paint, color it with markers, stickers and give them googly eyes. Have them name it!
Crayon Melt Rocks Thanks, Kimberly, for this idea!
Collect large rocks place them in the sun to warm up then use crayons to color with. The crayons will melt as they use them from the rock being warm.
Preschool Rocks Theme Block Center Ideas
Add a bucket of rocks and stones for the children to build with. They can make roads, walls, animal pens...they have a lot of ideas!
Preschool Rocks Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Bring a wide variety of rocks to circle..large, small, colored, geodes, etc. Discuss rocks and write down their description.
Then make a group rock! In advance, have all the materials to make plaster of paris in a shallow round bin.
Have the children each choose one rock from the collection after your discussion.
Mix the ingredients as directed on the package of plaster of paris.
Each child presses their rock into the mixture.
The Magic Rock
Remember the song "The magic ball, goes round and round, so catch it quickly..."
Play this game while passing a rock. The person who is holding the rock at the end is not out (preschoolers are too young for this type of "competition"), but needs to say one thing about the rock such as the color, size, weight, etc.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Stone Soup! Of course!
Materials needed: The book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown or another version; a cooking pot and vegetables
Read the story to the children and then make your own soup!
Preschool Rocks Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Provide tables, trays, cash register, bags and other items.
Preschool Rocks Theme Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Thank you do Isabella for this idea!
A preschool rocks theme Easel Idea is to have the kids collect rocks outside, then use them for painting in your Easel Center! Have them dip the rocks in paint and press them on the paper. Encourage the children to talk about what shapes they notice!
Preschool Rocks Theme Large Group Games
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
I know, I know! But set the rules! They are ONLY to throw into the bins and of course, this must be supervised so children don't walk in front of the "tossers"!
Provide bins, laundry baskets, boxes, etc. for the children to toss the rocks into.
I saw someone once cover the rocks with the toes of socks! Pretty cool!
Draw a hopscotch and use rocks!
Preschool Rocks Theme Book Suggestions for the Library
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Preschool Rocks Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Materials needed: 5 or ten smooth stones, stickers (of the same picture)
Place a sticker on one side of each stone. Use the same stickers (dinosaurs, a shape, etc.)
Place the stones in a bowl.
The child shakes the bowl to mix the stones around (shake it up and down) and when done, they count how many "dinosaur" or "shape" rocks are facing up.
Preschool Rocks Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas
to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Thanks Kim, for this idea!
ROCK THEME Song/Movement
1 little, 2 little, 3 little pebbles
4 little, 5 little, 6 little pebbles
7 little, 8 little, 9 little pebbles
10 little pebbles...*
Add your own line/movement after each verse...
*i.e. rolling down the hill; lying in the sun
Preschool Rocks Theme Activities for the Senses!
Add pea gravel to your sand table. Add sticks, sifters, cups, small toy cars, dump trucks, etc. Children can "draw" roads or other designs on the gravel.
Add a few colored rocks to the pea gravel above for a rock hunt!
Preschool Rocks Theme Science Activities--
for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
What is it made of?
Materials needed: Safety glasses, small hammers, meat tenderizers, cloth, rocks, magnifying glasses
Obviously, this is a highly supervised activity!
The children cover the rocks with cloth (to avoid rocks flying at others!) and hit with the tools.
When done, check out the insides with magnifying glasses!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Rocks Theme!
In advance, paint letters on similar sized rocks. Have extra letters for those used a lot (Like "A", "L", etc.)
The children spell out their names or other words!
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