Homemade Rock Kit

Today I would like to share with you some ways to create your own homemade rock kit. Yes, you can buy all types of rock kits, mineral kits, classroom sets, and even rock hound backpack’s but most of those are quite expensive. Since these pre-made kits aren’t in a frugal homeschool budget I wanted to give you ideas of what we have done.

homemade rock kit

First determine how much your children are really into rocks. Do they really want to learn about them OR do they just want to collect them and play with them? Either way your child can learn, observe, and explore rocks to their hearts content!

If your child really want’s to learn to identify and collect them for further study then I suggest you print rock identification charts or cards from below. Keep an eye out at garage sales or used book sales for rock books. We splurged and paid full-price for Rocks, Gems and Minerals (A Golden Guide). Disclosure: I used our Amazon affiliate links in this post to provide you with a quick reference. I may make some money from any purchases you make at no additional cost to you. Funny thing is we found an older version of the same book for .50 at a garage sale!

Second, go collect some rocks and start your own rock collection. You might even go fossil hunting if you live near a place to legally hunt them.

inside rock kit

Third, look through boxes and containers you already own to store your rocks in. If you find or purchase tumbled or shiny rocks you may want to store them in individual compartments versus one big box.

Here’s a peak inside our homemade rock kit:

inside rock kit left side inside rock kit rightside

Quick links for free Rock and Mineral Resources:

10 awesome rock resources for your little geologist from Kathy’s Cluttered Mind

K-5 Geosource- the one-stop professional development web site for Earth science

Ohio Rocks- interactive website geared for 3rd to 5th grade

Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association Teacher Resources

Rock Identification Tables-Identify almost any rock type you’re likely to find

Useful Rock and Mineral Identification Resources

About Thaleia Maher

Wife, Mother of four homeschooled children, Frugal, Creative, Blogger, Student, Christ-Follower.
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8 Responses to Homemade Rock Kit

  1. heather says:

    what a great idea! we are studying geology with my youngest this year and I really didn’t want the expensive kits!
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    • ThaleiaMaher says:

      Heather,
      I have TONS of resources on Geology some already posted but more I’ve not posted. PM me on facebook if you need FREE Geology stuff, lol

  2. Jess Benoit says:

    This is neat! We need to make our own Homemade Rock Kit too. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Geeky Educational Link Up!
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  3. Meghann says:

    Great post! Your rock kit is awesome, G. is starting to get into rock collecting a bit…but she likes to play with them, lol. It’s all good, right? ;-)

  4. What a great idea! I would have loved this when I was a kid!
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