In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity provides a "Wow" moment in finding beautiful crystals hidden away inside the rough exterior of a geode.
Show the children an unopened geode. Ask if they have any guesses what might be inside this ordinary-looking stone. Ask if anyone thinks there might be beautiful crystals.
Instruct the children how to open the geode:
1. Place a geode in the toe of a sock.
2. Hammer the geode until you hear or feel it split open.
3. Reach inside the sock and pull out the crystals.
Advise children to hammer firmly, but not too hard or they may shatter their geodes and destroy the crystals inside. Present hammer safety rules:
Distribute the geodes and socks. Circulate among the children, closely monitoring use of hammers as children open their geodes. Encourage each participant to really take a moment to experience a "wow" feeling in their hearts when they find crystals.
This activity can be dangerous if a child or children might be inclined to use the hammers inappropriately. If you believe this is the case in your group, either skip the activity or have an adult work one-on-one with any child you are concerned about. Make safety rules very clear and be prepared to act swiftly if they are not followed.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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