Museum in a Box - Rocks
Boxes are available for loan periods of three weeks. Museum in a Box® can be borrowed by any educational institution within NSW.
The Rocks box is a resource designed specifically for Early Childhood.
The materials in the box have been carefully chosen to support both a factual approach to rocks, as well as to spark creative, imaginative responses to them.
The box includes eye-catching minerals, colourful polished stones and samples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. There is also a model volcano that children can 'erupt' and a mini rock tumbler for creating their own polished stones.
- A selection of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
- A panel explaining how rocks are made, referring to the ways these three groups of rocks are formed
- A box containing samples of minerals and the rocks that are formed from them
- A panel explaining what minerals are and that rocks are made from various combinations of minerals
- A panel that shows which minerals make up which rocks
- A selection of attractive mineral crystals
- 30 colourful polished stones
- A fossil shell, and the same type of fossil shell cut in half so you can see what it looks like inside. Some shale/slate with fossil leaves in it
- A foam 'Earth Ball' which represents a globe of the earth. The ball can be taken apart to show the inner core, outer core and crust of the earth
- A mini volcano model that can be used to demonstrate volcanic eruptions
- A small children's rock tumbler that can be used to polish stones (supplies are provided with the box)
- A selection of books, both factual and more imaginative
Karen Player , Manager Museum Outreach