Geology for Kids: Crystal Mining Excavation Kit

My son recently received the 4M Kidz Labs Crystal Mining science kit for his birthday.  He LOVES these excavation kits (see this post about a similar kit, also made by 4M.. Paleontology Play:  Dinosaur Skeleton Excavation Kit – Velociraptor).

My son is super into rocks and minerals these days, so this was a timely gift.  The kit comes with eight different kinds of crystals, hidden inside a block of plaster.  Also included are the necessary excavation tools… a specially designed digging tool and a brush.  After the crystals have all been found and dug out of the plaster, the kit includes a small magnifying glass to examine the rocks with and two means for storage… a “My Crystal Collection” display case and a drawstring bag.  Also included are activities to help the child learn about crystals.

Super fun!

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Photos taken June 5th, 2013

8 thoughts on “Geology for Kids: Crystal Mining Excavation Kit

  1. This is a really cool gift–and project! I’m glad you shared about it with the detailed photos. It looks to me like it takes a little careful time and thought to get to the stones. I like that it is designed to really give a child a bit of experience, not just something to easily “open” and move on! A real treasure!

    • Oh, he had to do some serious scraping and digging to get to the stones, but he loves this stuff! I highly recommend the dinosaur excavation kits also produced by this company. They’re perfect for any budding paleontologist.

  2. Beautiful! One of my passion are semi-precious stone and I have written a few weeks ago a poem on these stones with a selection of mine I took photos of… Will post it one of these days.
    Your son is lucky to have such a good, caring mom!

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