Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig Kit

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About this item

At a glance

STEM: Science
STEM: Science
STEM: Technology
STEM: Technology
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Math
STEM: Math

Highlights

  • A fun way to teach your kids how rocks and minerals are formed
  • The set also helps your kids identify gemstones and minerals
  • The tools are cute and that will make any kid take an interest in geology
  • Makes for a great gift for birthdays and Christmas

Specifications

Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 8 Major Allergens
Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up
Educational Focus: Engineering, Science, Technology, Math
Includes: Goggles, Rocks, Poster, Instruction Guide, Magnifying Glass
Battery: No Battery Used
TCIN: 51308917
UPC: 042409518793
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-2410
Origin: Imported

Description

Does your kiddo have the geologist bug and all they talk about are types of gems and rocks? Here's something that your budding scientist, the Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig Kit. This set will give them the thrill of being in a real site and digging up for precious stones. The kit includes a sand block containing 11 real gemstones, minerals or rocks, a mallet, a dowel, a pair of goggles, a streak plate, a magnifying glass, a pouch and a color poster with instructions. Get your little one geared up for a fun adventure of discovering gems and joy. This Smithsonian can also be a perfect classroom activity for kids.
STEM: Science
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: science.
STEM: Technology
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Technology.
STEM: Engineering
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Engineering.
STEM: Math
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Math.
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 2.52 inches length x 7.36 inches width x 11.8 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.55 pounds

Return details

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Q: Kit package and answer on previous inquiry indicate only 2 geodes but one of the pictures, when you tap on "more", shows boy holding about 8+rocks. Are there more than 2 rocks with only 2 being geodes...or only 2 rocks in box?

submitted by Elaine from Royersford - 3 years ago
  • A: This kit lets kids "excavate" 6 different rocks and minerals and 5 gemstones.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 3 years ago
    Brand expert

Q: How many gems are in package? Do you have to dig them out of rocks or are they just scattered where no digging is involved?

submitted by Nancy - 3 years ago
  • A: You chisel away at a sand block to excavate 6 different rocks and minerals and 5 real gemstones.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 3 years ago
    Brand expert
2.8 out of 5 stars with 281 reviews
28% would recommend
90 recommendations
length of play: 2.54 out of 5
quality: 2.23 out of 5
broad age appeal: 2.85 out of 5
value: 2.09 out of 5
ease of use: 2.66 out of 5

Cool bit not as advertized

2 out of 5 stars
Kaje89 - 21 days ago
I liked my child had fun. I didnt like that the picture shows several kinds/colors and there was only 2 colors of rocks
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 15 days ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Rock and Gem Dig, but glad your kids enjoyed the kit. Please reach out to our customer service team, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Kaje89.
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Not ideal for kids

3 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Kimbobrown - 22 days ago
This was too difficult for my 8 year old to break. She got bored because it took too long, so I ended up doing 90% of the work! Definitely not ideal. Also, made a huge mess in my house. I’m still finding little pieces that chipped off.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 15 days ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Rock and Gem Dig. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Kimbobrown.
quality: 2 out of 5
value: 3 out of 5
length of play: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 2 out of 5
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Fun

4 out of 5 stars
T - 1 month ago
It was awesome! However the gems were all together in one corner…it just happened to be the opposite corner from where we started so a lot of work before we found anything.
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Mom

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
E - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
The pieces or rock were tiny! 1/2 to 1/3 of the size they used to be. My son even said we shouldn't buy it again because it isn't worth it. If we didn't know how many were supposed to be found we would have missed half of them.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 28 days ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Rock and Gem Dig, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under E.
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7 year old rock lover enjoyed

3 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Cam Cam - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
None of the rocks made a streak on the streak stone, so that was a disappointment. We got the full set of 11 gems (all pretty near the surface)
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 28 days ago
We're sorry you were disappointed that none of the rocks made a streak, but are glad your 7-year-old enjoyed the kit!
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Fun for kids

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Amy - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
My son loved this. It was a bit difficult to break all the stone. The gems found are very tiny.
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
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This toy made my 7 yo cry

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
LT - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
My kid spend hours digging at this piece of junk only to find there are no stones in it. It was very hard for him to do and took hours. He kept at it until it was in little peices then cried when he realized it had NOTHING. I can see I'm not the only one who had this experince. Shame on whoever quality checked this.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 month ago
We are so sorry this happened to you, and please trust that we really want to make this right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will replace your kit. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line and let them know you published this review under LT.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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No rocks or gems inside

1 out of 5 stars
Ash S - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
Gave this as a Christmas gift. But there were no rocks or gems inside.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 month ago
We are truly sorry this happened to you. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to replace your kit. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Ash S.
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Fun for my 8 year old daughter.

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Kelc027 - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
Gems are smaller than I had anticipated. My 8 year old daughter did really enjoy this though. I had to break apart some larger pieces to get into the middle. Pretty easy to clean up. I used a plastic tray and a piece of cardboard inderneath. There are exactly 11 gems/minerals like it said. All in all pretty cool.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 3 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
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Great for kids

5 out of 5 stars
Gemmaster - 1 month ago
Super fun for the kids
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Just dirt no stones

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Maddyss - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this for my sister because she wants to be a geologist! I was so excited after digging and sifting and getting dirt everywhere the kit had no rocks or gems, just sand. Such a disappointment!
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 3 months ago
We are so, so sorry this happened, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team, so they can get a new kit out to you right away (even a different kit, if you don't want to try this again). Please email them at custserv@nsi-int.com, and put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line. Let them know you posted this review under Maddyss.
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Eensy weensy rocks

3 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Deskirk08 - 3 months ago
We didn’t find all the stones or maybe we didn’t have all the stones we ground everything pretty small but the rocks are so teeny tiny they’re easy to miss.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 3 months ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Rock and Gem Dig, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Deskirk08.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
length of play: 2 out of 5
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Huge disappointment!

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
ASZ - 3 months ago
My daughter was so excited to get this as a birthday gift, but that turned to frustration and sadness when the result was ZERO gems/rocks. Absolutely nothing! Just a kitchen table covered with sand and one super disappointed kid. Save your money and invest in a better kit from a science supplier.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 3 months ago
We are so sorry this happened, but we really want to make things right. Please contact our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to replace your kit. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under ASZ.
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My kids love these!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
- 4 months ago
These are always a big hit in my house! This is a really fun way to do gem digging at home.
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Messy Fun

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Mere N - 4 months ago
My kids love these dig kits, but I have love/hate relationship with them because they can be messy. We chose to do this one outside, but honestly, we could have done this on a tablecloth inside the house, as it wasn't quite as messy as some others we've tried. The tools hold up very well and my girls were able to get a decent amount of gems from the kit.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Digging For Fun

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Rach - 5 months ago
The Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig Kit is so much fun for the kids. It lets them learn about gemstones and minerals in a fun way. It gives you all the tolls so they feel like a real geologist. Great way to learn!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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No Gems!

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
DL - 5 months ago
No gems! Zero! Made for a very disappointed child! And no way to get my money back.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 5 months ago
We're so sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Rock and Gem Dig, but we will absolutely make things right. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under DL.
value: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
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This fits the bill!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
grams4you - 5 months ago
Love educational toys! This fits the bill! My 8 year old grandaughter loves to learn about rocks and mining practices. This was fun and rewarding. I would, however, suggest doing this activity outside, for easiest clean up. I recommend it!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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No Gems

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Momof2 - 5 months ago
Would Not Recommend Didnt Have Any Gems At All And It Made A Very Sad 8 Year Old
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 5 months ago
Oh no! We are so sorry this happened to you. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Momof2.
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Rock Mining at home? Sign us up!

5 out of 5 stars
Week99er - 5 months ago
Who doesn't love gem mining and finding their own treasure? This Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig makes it a lot of fun to do at home and everyone gets their own treasures when they're done. The set is marked for ages 8 and up, but that up doesn't have a limit. It's a lot of fun to set this up on the patio with friends and just see what we can get!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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