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Children's Corner
A Special Place for Junior Rock Hounds
Almost every child knows what mud is.
Did you know that mud can harden and turn
into a rock?
Here is a picture of one of my first rocks. There is
a leaf pattern from a seed fern that fell into mud
and then the mud hardened and turned into
stone. That is how a
fossil begins
(big rock)
Slate (small rock)
When mud is put under a lot of
pressure, it will turn into shale.

More pressure will turn the
shale into slate
Many types of fossils can be found in
these kind of rocks. Fossils can be
plants, or even small animals like snails.

Here is another kind of fossil.
Sand on the beach may also turn into stone.
Sand gets left in layers and is cemented
together by different minerals. This is called
sandstone. Different types of minerals in
the layer of sand create banding in the

Here are examples of sandstone and
banded sandstone
Volcano Rocks
SpiritRock Shop
"Junior Rockhound Pages"
A note to parents....
Chris has always encouraged young children to learn about and become interested in rocks and
minerals. Her own interest was sparked at a very young age. Now that we have our own web site, she
insists that we devote these special pages to spark the interest of young children to the fascinating world
of rocks and minerals...So here it is...
We have a lot of information just for learning and fun on our site, the choice is yours!
Chris just wants to help start the next generation of rock hounds...
"Pass on the knowledge and the wonder of this world" and help all the pebble pups, rock hoppers and
rock pups. We know, very old fashioned sounding, but that's who we are.
Some rocks come out of volcanos.
These pictures are of rocks that are
actually the cooled and dry lava that
flows out of a volcano when it erupts.
             Rock Jokes
1.        What does a rock want to be when it grows up?
2.        What do you call a dog who collects rocks?
3.        How do you keep a baby rock quiet?
4.        What is a rock's favorite kind of music?
5.        Where do rocks sleep?
6.        What did one rock say to the other rock?
7.        What is a rock's favorite transportation?
8.        What is a rock's favorite cereal?
9.       Where does a rock like to eat best?
10.     What is a rock's favorite television show?

1.        A Rock Star
2.        A Rockhound
3.        Rock it
4.        Rock 'N Roll
5.        On Bedrock
6.        Nothing it's a rock!!!
7.        A Rocket
8.        Cocoa Pebbles
9.        The Hard ROCK Cafe!
10.      "Third Rock from the Sun"
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Childrens Corner
pages for
Junior Rockhounds
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What is something that you see everywhere you go or look? They might be very small or very
large; I'll bet you have some in your yard. Sometimes they even get in your shoes!
You guessed right! ROCKS!

Rocks are everywhere! They have been on the earth over four billion years. The rock you find
might have been part of a beautiful mountain range or spooky cave. It might even be a petrified
dinosaur egg! Rocks are an exciting way to discover information about the history of our earth.
Most rocks are made of minerals, But all rocks are not the same. That is why rock collecting is
so exciting and fun. Every single rock has its own special story.
There are three basic rock types:
igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
How a rock is formed determines which type it is.