Activities with Rocks and Stones


This Rock-Splitting activity will surprise those who think all rocks are alike. Safety comes first with this summer activity, though. With goggles and gloves in place, kids can then start splitting rocks.

What You'll Need:

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Different kinds of rocks
  • Large nail
  • Small hammer

How to Do Rock-Splitting:

All rocks seem the same. But are they? Not by a long shot. One swing

of a small hammer will tell you that some rocks are meant to last and some are meant to turn to sand.

Step 1: Kids should first ask permission before starting this activity.

Step 2: Wear gloves and safety goggles to protect your eyes. (Rock splinters can cause injuries if you're not careful.)

Step 3: Carefully place the point of an ordinary nail in the center of a rock.

Step 4: Using the hammer, drive the nail in.

Does the rock split in half? Does it chip? Does it refuse to crack? How it reacts to the pounding will tell you a little about how long it might last.

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