Rock and Soil Materials to Add to Your Discovery Center  

  • Commercial potting soil (such as humus) Powdered pottery clay
  • Sand
  • Garden soil
  • A selection of rocks in different sizes, shapes; and colors
  • Newsprint 
  • Toothpicks
  • Tools to shape clay (such as spoons, sticks, and forks)
  • Masking tape for labels
  • Planting containers  
  • Coffee cans with plastic lids

Magnet Materials to Add to Your Discovery Center

  • Horseshoe magnets
  • Bar-magnets 
  • Wand magnets
  • Other magnets (magnetic letters and numbers, and so on)
  • Assorted objects attracted to magnets, such as washers, nuts, bolts, and nails
  • Assorted objects not attracted to magnets, such as pennies, plastic twist ties, and Crayons

From Exploring the Early Years by D. Winnett, R. Williams, E. Sherwood, R. Rockwell. (C) 1994 by Dale Seymour. Used by permission.