Rock and Mineral Activities for Kids


Birthstone Activity
There are many types of birthstones.
There are many types of birthstones.
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Were you born an amethyst, a peridot, or a zircon? Learn all about your special birthstone with this birthstone activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Encyclopedia or rock identifying book
  • Paper clay
  • Tapestry needle
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String

In ancient times, each month was said to have a special stone. Over time, people came up with at least two stones for most months. That stone -- or stones -- supposedly brought good luck to people who were born in that month.

For example, the stone for January is garnet, a red gem. People born in January wore jewelry made with garnets.

These special stones became known as birthstones. Many people still wear their birthstones.

Find your birthstone on the list at the bottom of the page. Learn as much about the stone as you can, including what it looks like and where it is found. Look up your stone in an encyclopedia or rock book.

If you can, go to a rock shop so you can see your birthstone. Pay attention to the shape and color of your birthstone.

Using paper clay, create beads that resemble gemstones. Use a tapestry needle to make a hole in each bead.

Let the beads dry overnight. Then paint the beads the same color as your birthstone. Since most stones have various shades, you may want to mix a few colors of paint together in order to get the right one.

After the paint has dried, thread the beads on a short piece of string to make a bracelet or a long piece of string to make a necklace.

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