Rock and Mineral Activities for Kids

Sandstone Carving Activity

Ancient peoples often carved their favorite stories into the faces of giant rocks. They left their history behind for us to study and explore.

Try this sandstone carving activity and you too can express yourself in stone if you select the rock carefully.

What You'll Need:

  • Sandstone
  • Screwdriver or hammer and nail

Be sure to ask before you carve and have an adult help you choose the right tools. Once you have permission, take a screwdriver or a hammer and nail. Carefully chisel your first initial into the side of the stone.

Check back in a week, a month, and even a year to see if your carving has withstood the test of time. Wind and blowing dirt can blast your mark from the stone in a process called erosion.

Create a barrette that's quite unlike any other in the semiprecious barrettes activity on the next page.

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