During the winter months the gates to our favorite beach are closed and we have to hike along the road to get to the ocean and trails. Early this winter, before everything was covered with snow and ice, we were walking along and my son noticed a "beautiful rock" he just had to go back and grab. Now, he finds a lot of "beautiful rocks" but we stopped to wait as we always do. As he ran up to us we saw he had something shiny. It was indeed a beautiful rock. It was iron pyrite, sometimes called "fools gold."
My husband works with a lot of rock in his job and he told us there are a few quarries around here that tend to have a lot of iron pyrite. They must have ordered the gravel for the newly grated road from one of those quarries. We could not help but look down the entire walk out to the beach and we found our fair share of iron pyrite... and talked about quarries and rocks and how they are formed and used...
If you think your little nature lover would like to have a bit of "fools gold" to add to their collection please leave a comment. You can tell us about a favorite nature find, a collection or just that your kids would love to have something shiny from nature.
A winner will be announced Saturday, April 2nd.
And the winner is Niclole who said:
My 5-year-old son would just love this! He has a special rock collection. Thanks for the chance. :)
Nicole email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get that sent out to you asap.
Thanks for all your great comments.