Life of a Rock
In Great Falls, Montana there is a downtown parking garage that has windows the citizens get to create installations in for the public. It has been in operation for years and many creations have been made and displayed.
Recently a seven year old girl said she wanted to do a window too. The arrangements were made and she decided on a topic. The girl, Ellie, said, "I want to do one on the "Life of a Rock!!" I am so in.
But what this entails for getting it done is the process of construction of fake rocks and stacking them for making people out of rocks. Rocks are great for art too. Come springtime in Great Falls, you will see the art of kids who like rocks in downtown Great Falls.
Grow Your Own Crystals
When you shop at a museum store, some business directors like to keep on hand items that attract kids because they shop with their parents. The question often is asked, "Can I buy something?"
Certainly a Space Age Crystal Growing Kit would be top on the list as it was mine. Just had to get one so I could grow some with our student in the Autistic School in town. We will pull this out and get to getting on his science book as this is perfect for recording into it. He likes science.
We will keep you posted as to what really happens when we actually do it as it is differnet than what the packet says often. But I am sure you can find more on the internet to order.
What Makes Rocks Glitter?
When people want to categorize their rock finds, one bin that might be labeled is: Shiny Rocks or Glittery Ones. They are separate from your geodes, agates or fossils because of what they show.
Just what makes a hard thing like a rock glitter? It's mica. It is a very thin stone that causes the light to reflect and make you feel like a raccoon and you just "Gotta Have It!" Mica makes rocks shine in the daylight and you might just have to ask, "What's all that shiny stuff?" Know that it is mainly mica, made by our beautiful earth.
River Rocks For You to Chew, Make and Eat: YUM!!!
Do you like chocolate? Lots of kids do along with adults.
Recently picked up some River Rock candy in Glacier National Park on a vacation there. I wondered how to make them myself in my own kitchen, so I looked on the internet for a recipe. There are all kinds of ideas of how to make them. There were so many it over stimulated me. I began to design all kinds of ways to make them in my head.
Certainly starting with raisins and dipping them into chocolate would work, but the color is a challenge. Some recipes were tried and true so some kitchen experimenting will ensue so we can make such things to sell to unsuspecting rock hounds.
In our August newsletter we will be featuring a recipe that will suffice for these clever dandies, so keep posted on our newsletter button to get the latest. In the meantime get in the kitchen and experiment!!
Another Perfect Booklet About Geodes: GeoCentral has all kinds of wonderful stuff
If you want to know the facts and figures in regards to geodes, this is the perfect little booklet to be found at most rock shops or museums that sell rock supplies. Sometimes simplicity in the facts is a welcomed presentation format. This company has just the stuff.
Hopefully we will be able to have a slide show of just what might peak your interest in regards to these unique pieces of earth. Our rock table at the market would feature "Whack a Geode." Many adults enjoyed the opportunity for the thrill of seeing what they could find inside. Geodes, they are just the best!!
Print yourself a copy of a single page or the entire booklet to reminisce down a gold mining history lane. Thanks to the BLM for this document that you can get when you visit Garnet Ghost Town by doing the Kids Scavenger Hunt.
When art is combined with recreational prospecting, downright fun can be had by all. That’s what happened when cottonwood bark was laid out on an old church table in an art studio in the Creative Center of 4 West in April and the thought occurred that, “The crystals and rocks I collected all last summer from traipsing around Montana would look good on the tops of this “Crystal Castle.”
With experimentation a lit, multi-dimensional 9ft art piece was created and developed. It was transported to my home and many days, objects, ideas and hours went into the final one on display at the Great Falls Public Library.
When the topic of the installation into the library was brought up with Librarian, Eva McDunn, she mentioned that Rae McFadden, the new Kids’ Librarian would be a good one to discuss the topic of an interactive art piece with. Got a call right away and many steps to motivating young readers with the Crystal Castle began.
Through dialogue, planning, and construction handouts, game boards and game pieces were manufactured and prepared for the Kickoff for the Crystal Castle. The event took place on Friday, June 16, to a group of eager families who wanted to know how the Summer Reading Incentive worked so the earning of dragon eyes, fanciful feathers, gold coins, raindrops and more could be earned while having fun reading.
Part of the implications to earn the game pieces are the geological, recreational prospecting and literary fancifulness questions for the young reader to learn the intricacies of finding Montana gemstones and minerals in a treasure hunting format.
Families were also given opportunity to earn fossils, faux stones, and shells in the Cordingly Room of the library just as if they were in the field. Large bowls of agates and rocks of interests were there for the touch and feel of Montana treasure. Identification of rocks and sapphire panning were a part of the varied steps in treasure hunting in Montana. Lots of fun was had by all with many compliments of opened interest in Montana prospecting were given. Fun stuff.
The opportunity to earn game pieces goes on all summer at the Great Falls Public Library with the Crystal Castle because of the love of crystals, the inventiveness of Alma Winberry, and the willingness of Rae McFadden to engage youth in reading with unique opportunities at the library. Tons of prospecting questions are filling the airwaves for kids to play with and research just like the sprinkling of fairy dust in the library park on Friday afternoon, June 16th. Thoughts and experiences of prospecting knowledge will last all summer long and in the lives of youngin’s forever.
Even though kids are drawn to prospecting like ducks to water there are things adults can do to enrich their lives in relationship to rocks.
This clever little video makes it look easy to create soap rocks to use in the bathroom as a reminder of a connection with the Earth's gems in your prospecting outings.
I bet if you made this soap with your kids you could probably come up with other great ideas along the same vein.
Video tape your soap creations or other ideas and send them to us here so we can post them.
Thanks to Paxton Tutor for the video; creative ideas are always welcome.
The joy of finding rocks and gems in the earth is evident in Hailey Rose's experience here in searching through our Kid's Kit salted with all kinds of treasures for the little discovering minds.
These small sand pies are available at our Central Montana Prospectors Coalition booth on Saturdays and will be available soon our storefront for $3.00.
Each kit contains a faux large gem, 3 small diamonds, silver and gold chunks, shells, and some random pretty rocks. They also contain a little "gem finder" and a mini bag to put your precious finds in to cherish.
As we continue to build this site we hope to have more childrens' items as kids enjoy the many aspects of recreational prospecting as well.
Central Montana Prospectors Coalition strives to offer fun opportunities for all members of families.