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Skipping Stones with Kids: How to Skip Rocks and the Science Behind It

February 22, 2022

Skipping Stones with Kids: How to Skip Rocks and the Science Behind It

When you approach a body of water, be it a stream, lake, pond, or ocean, what are you inclined to do:
 
A)    Walk, wade, or jump into the water
B)     Gaze at the water and think deep thoughts
C)     Pick up a stone and start skimming it across the water
 
While there is absolutely no wrong answer here, for many years I would have toggled between options A & B. Mainly that’s because as an adult, I didn’t know how to skip stones! I’m not sure how it happened, but I seemed to have missed that chapter of childhood. I hope I’m not the only adult in this pickle!

Fortunately, my husband quickly remedied the situation and became my rock skipping coach. He took it upon himself to teach me how to skip stones and the fun of this super simple outdoor activity. I was so excited to be a purveyor of this newfound talent that I couldn’t wait to teach my son how to do the same. Now that I find myself squarely in camp option C, I am happy to share with the Run Wild My Child community the physics and fun of skipping stones. Read More