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Animals rock! Create your own farm, zoo or pet store by making animal figures from rocks and pebbles. Combine a fun morning of rock hounding with an afternoon of art and expression. Cobble beaches are ideal for rock collecting because the smooth stones are worn into a fantastic variety of shapes. Look for rocks that inspire you and remind you of different animals.


INSTRUCTIONS:


1. Find some rocks. Golf ball-sized or smaller stones work best. Remember to collect some small pebbles as well to give your creatures legs, ears, tails and more.


2. Set all your rocks out and think of them like a puzzle where the only limit is your imagination. Glue together round rocks to make roly-poly bears and pigs; flat rocks become lizards, skunks


Rockin’ Crossword


ACROSS 2. Cavemen used rocks as _ _ _ _ _ 5. Ancient remain or trace of an animal, plant or other organism


6. Rocks that hang from the ceilings of caves like icicles 7. The Canadian Shield is made of this rock 9. Rock changed by heat or pressure 10. A scientist who studies rocks 11. The summit of Everest is formed of this rock


DOWN 1. Rock that started as molten magma or lava


3. Rock formed by layers of silt, pieces of other rocks and sometimes fossils


4. A semiprecious stone that forms inside volcanic rocks and ancient lavas


8. A person who collects and studies rocks and minerals


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and sea turtles—a few dabs of glue and some smaller stones and you have legs and a head.


3. Wait a couple of hours for the glue to dry completely, and then start painting. This is where your zoo really comes to life.


4. Once your rock animals are finished, you can play with them, use them for decorations or give them to someone special as a one-of-a-kind gift.


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MATERIALS:


» Carpenter’s glue » Acrylic paints » Paintbrush » Rocks—look for interesting shapes and a variety of sizes


SOLUTIONS ACROSS 2. Tools 5. Fossil 6. Stalactites 7. Granite 9. Metamorphic 10. Geologist 11. Limestone DOWN 1. Igneous 3. Sedimentary 4. Agate 8. Rockhound


PHOTOS: VIRGINIA MARSHALL


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