Purpose of activity: To learn the chemical formulas for some common minerals.
Target age group: any, but ideal for ages 9-13
Description of activity: A card/dice game. Players roll three dice marked with element symbols. If they roll the elements required to make one of the minerals, they pick up the card. First player to pick up five cards wins.
Time needed: One game can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes. It's a short game that you play more than once.
Materials you will need: Copies of pattern pages printed onto card stock, scissors, glue