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March 2015 ~ This site is under construction. Not everything we used to have is here. Please excuse us as we revamp & convert our old site. E2B2

This site is for kids of all ages who love rocks. Here you will find out stuff about rocks & minerals and where to go to find out more. If you already collect rocks then this is the place for you! Find out where you can get more rocks, look at some super pictures of rocks, learn how to identify the rocks you already have and discover neat things you can do with rocks. Don't worry if you don't have a rock collection. There is something here for everyone. Come in and browse around & take a look at what Rockhounds do for a hobby. If you are doing a school project on rocks & minerals, you will find things here that you can use and you might even enjoy it! E2B2

This RocksForKids Site was launched in 1999. Over 3.8 million visitors have viewed our site between 1999 and 2015. We have now decided to stop counting because we need no further convincing that Rocks Rock! :-)

Table of Contents

1. Rockhounding as a Hobby

2. How Rocks & Minerals Are Formed

  • The Earth's Crust
  • Rocks, Minerals
  • Crystals, Gemstones
  • The Rock Cycle: Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks
  • Erosion
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Volcano WebQuest

3. Identification of Minerals

  • Difference between rocks & minerals 
  • Properties of minerals:
  • Field Tests

4. Uses of Rocks & Minerals

  • History
  • Building Stones & Quarries
  • Artifacts
  • Decorations & Jewellery
  • Consumables

5. Web Site Links &Print Resources

  • Rock & Mineral Photos
  • Museums
  • Professional Organziations
  • Online Rock &Mineral Stores
  • Careers related to Rocks & Minerals
  • Other Good Sites
  • PRINT RESOURCES we recommend
  • POETRY by Dick Stata
  • ARTICLES by Bert Ellison

6. Picture Gallery: Rocks, Minerals, Fossils and some Collecting Sites

See pictures of many rocks, minerals & fossils. There are also some images of collecting locations that we have collected at. This page is a work in progress and shows many pictures of the kind of specimens rockhounds can collect. For museum quality specimens, you should check our museum web pages.

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Looking for a Rock & Mineral club in the Toronto Area?

Gem & Mineral Club of Scarborough

The hobby club to join if you live in Toronto GTA, Ontario CANADA


Young Toronto Mineralogists Club for kids 8 to 15.


The Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies