Sugar Aunts: Learning Ideas Using Rocks (Time Telling!)

Learning Ideas Using Rocks (Time Telling!)

It's always nice to play and learn with the kids when the supplies are completely free.  Learn and play with rocks from your backyard or natures walks with a few fun ideas to Learn using Rocks!

You might have seen a few of our other learning with rocks ideas.  (We really have a lot, believe it or not!)


Learn with rocks, including teaching kids to tell time, math, literacy, fine motor, sensory.


Teach kids for free using rocks!


This post is part of our month-long Learning with Free Materials series where we are sharing learning ideas for homeschoolers and school-extension activities using items that are free or mostly free (i.e. CHEAP or you already have in the home)...and rocks are most certainly free!  This series is part of the 31 Days of Homeschooling Tips as we blog along with other bloggers with learning at home tips and tools.  We do have affiliate links in this post for your convenience.

Learn with rocks, including teaching kids to tell time, math, literacy, fine motor, sensory.

There are a ton of ways to learn at home, either through homeschooling, or as school-based enrichment activities using rocks from your own backyard. 

Math with Rocks:

  • Count rocks in a line.
  • Add and subtract with rocks.
  • Sort rocks by characteristic.
  • Arrange rocks and pebbles into patterns with AB, ABA, ABBA, ABAB, and more complex patterns.
  • Create charts on the ground using rock markers.
  • Write numbers on rocks as a manipulative in math problems.
  • Tell Time with rocks.

Learn with rocks, including teaching kids to tell time, math, literacy, fine motor, sensory.

Teach Time Telling with a Rock Clock

We used smooth rocks to create and build a clock.  Clock building and time telling is a fun and common activity for us recently, so building a clock with rocks was a challenge when the rocks didn't have numbers written on them.  Teach kids to position the "3", "6", "9", and " 12" rocks first then fill in the other "numbers".  You could also write the numbers on the rocks using a paint marker.  Use twigs to create the minute and hour hands and work on time telling outdoors with nature.

Learn with rocks, including teaching kids to tell time, math, literacy, fine motor, sensory.

Engineering with Rocks

Rocks are a great material in STEM for kids:
  • Build towers.
  • Create bridges using rocks.
  • Explore balance.  How does one rock balance on another.  Will a different rock stay put in the same way?
  • Explore force and movement. How can rocks move items?

Learn with rocks, including teaching kids to tell time, math, literacy, fine motor, sensory.

Rocks in Literacy

  • Use that paint marker like we did here to build letter blends.
  • Use the rocks in a letter sensory bin.
  • Use rocks and pebbles in pretend play and story telling literacy activity by creating story-based small worlds.

More learning ideas using rocks:
Use rocks in sensory play,
and fine motor with play dough.



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