Friday, September 21 2012
When I was little, I collected sea shells, caught turtles and snakes, and made piles and piles of papers which I stapled together and called ‘magazines.’ It must have driven my mom crazy! My kids collect rocks. From the shiny little pebbles, to the rough and jagged larger version. Yep, rocks! It really used to drive me crazy. I had pebbles in the wash machine, rocks in the cup holders of the van, in jacket pockets, in my purse, and just piling up and up. “You don’t need any more rocks!” I’d beg…but, boy, was I wrong!
For my daughter’s birthday last year, she received this box of rocks. Some may have second-guessed receiving a box of rocks, but this box contained the most intricate collection of beautiful stones, rocks, and colorful game boards. Her interest in collecting ‘ugly’ landscape rocks was blown away by this amazing assortment of geology.
The game is called Rock On! (by iLaughnLearn) and was invented when a mother of four answered her six-year-old son’s request for a geology themed birthday party. She ordered some rocks and created a game board. After many tweaks from the original, this Rock On! game is rock solid! The game not only keeps the kids engaged with its brightly colored pieces, it teaches kids (and adults) while they play.
I am so impressed with the fact that the rocks are not plastic, myself. I mean, check out this short collection of a few, my favorite the Green Calcite.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive. And since the birth of ROCK ON! my children’s fascination with the earth’s elements has resulted in some amazing collections and their geology knowledge is equally amazing. But maybe most important of all, some of our best times together are now spent in nature looking for treasures the earth has to offer,” says Melissa Weisner, creator of Rock ON!
We certainly agree!
Here are two of my kids setting out the Rock On! game. They often spend equally as much time matching the rocks with the cards and copying down the interesting facts located on the playing cards. This game encourages education on so many levels, and might I add, without having them stare at a computer screen or TV!
Perhaps my favorite part about this amazingly beautiful display is the container in which it comes. No matter how scattered these rocks become, the clean up is so simple, with each rock having its place, which does not include a spot in my cup holders!
Images: Laura @ monkeysonmyback
I like sharing great finds and this educational game is one of them. I was not compensated in any way for this write up.