Kids love to collect things, but sometimes their choices can be a little unusual (bottle caps, store receipts, and twigs are a few we've seen piling up). Why not funnel their collecting impulses into a traditional collection that could last for years and years? Here are a few resources to help your kids start a new hobby.• Stamps. The American Philatelic Society has a section Just for Kids. There are guides for beginners as well as a Q & A geared just for young collectors.
• Coins. You can easily start a new coin collection by gathering all the state quarters you can find. If you want to get a little more serious, though, the U.S. Mint's website has a Collector's Course designed for children.
• Rocks. Find lots of good information at the U.S. Geological Survey's site. While their tips are heavy on text without photos, you can find some great images at Geology.com. The Rock Key has a cool interactive tool for identifying rocks you come across.
• Shells. The Audubon Guides has an excellent resource for eager beachcombers. eNature provides a field guide with well over one hundred different shells.
Do your kids collect anything special? What resources do you use?
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