All kids like to collect things. Rocks, bugs, jewels, stamps, coins and other small items become important to children. Sometimes the items are silly fun things while other times there might be a purpose to the art of collecting certain items. Some children turn their collections into a hobby. Boys who collect baseball cards or other sport memorabilia are a good example of collecting as a hobby.
Children of various ages collect all kinds of items. My five-year-old grandson is into collecting “rocks” right now. What he calls rocks are actually glass jewels I put in my aquarium but to him they are “rocks”. He sorts them by color. Perhaps this will turn into a hobby for him, but for now it is fun just to collect them and put them in his little “treasure” box.
I collect rocks. I’ve always liked rocks, big ones, little ones, rocks of various textures and rocks from different places. Many of my rocks have a sentiment attached to them. I know who I was with when I found a rock or I can point out which rocks I picked up in different places. In other words there are specific reasons I added a rock to my collection.
Rarely do young children attach a specific reason or an emotion for collecting something other than they liked it at that moment in time. Some children will grow up to continue the art of collecting items.