It’s never too early for children to learn about minerals because they make up everything on the planet. They are vital components not just on the surface of the Earth but also in the vast expanse of the universe!
All that we use is made using minerals. Whether it’s the vehicles we see on the road or the pin that we use to sew a cloth. Even the crops that grow in the fields are largely dependent on minerals that they receive in the form of fertilisers.
From everyday household items like utensils to technological gadgets like computers and cell phones, everything has minerals in them. Hence it’s essential to teach young children about minerals, which is the cornerstone of survival.
To put it simply, a mineral is any substance that occurs on the earth naturally. It’s not made by human beings. Hence it is not possible to produce/manufacture them.
Furthermore, a mineral is not a liquid like water nor is it a gas like air. The occurrence of minerals is largely dependent on certain chemical and physical conditions in varied temperatures.
Few of the many methodologies of mineral formation are:
What are the physical properties of minerals?
Minerals can be classified into two categories:
What are minerals used for?
The usage of minerals can be best demonstrated with examples. Look around and you will discover minerals are used in the following areas:
Hope these insights come in handy to help your child better understand minerals. Do let us know their progress in their comments section. If there is any other scientific concept which you want simplified let us know.
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