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Educational Insights Geosafari Mystery Rock

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WARNING: choking hazard - small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Highlights

  • Future archeologists chip away at a clay rock, using an included scraper and brush, to uncover 10 real specimens from Earth's past
  • Part of the award-winning GeoSafari line of products by Educational Insights
  • Includes clay rock containing 4 gemstones, 3 rock specimens, and 3 fossils; excavation tool; excavation brush; fossil, rock and gem secret identity chart; log book; storage and display tray
  • Introduce the earth sciences. Support STEM learning.
  • The GeoSafari Mystery Rock is designed for kids ages 6-12

Specifications

Contains: Does not contain any of the 8 major allergens

Suggested Age: 5 Years and Up

Material: Plastic

CPSC Choking Hazard Warnings: Choking_hazard_small_parts

Number of Players: 1 or More Players

Educational Focus: Science

TCIN: 51698168
UPC: 086002051400
Item Number (DPCI): 087-15-0622

Description

Uncover real fossils, gemstones, rocks, and minerals with the GeoSafari Mystery Rock! Use the included scraper and brush to dig 10 buried treasures out of the clay rock. The GeoSafari Mystery Rock provides hours of archeology-style fun.
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Guest Ratings & Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

Great Entertainment Toy

5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6 years ago
originally posted on educationalinsights.com
My grandson loved this toy of discovery. He did not follow good archaeological practices by carefully extricating the treasures. However, one could certainly teach those to a more patient child. Mine is 6. The plastic tool is a bit flimsy. Eventually under my close supervision he resorted to a hammer and a screwdriver to cleave the soft rock. I wish they would make other kits with different but similar "finds." this is a messy toy so be sure to put large swaths of newspaper underneath it on the work space. My grandson insisted I give this a 5 star review. I might give it 4 stars because of the flimsy plastic tool. Also the guide was missing from our box.
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Great Entertainment Toy

5 out of 5 stars
voracious reader - 6 years ago
originally posted on educationalinsights.com
My grandson loved this toy of discovery. He did not follow good archaeological practices by carefully extricating the treasures. However, one could certainly teach those to a more patient child. Mine is 6. The plastic tool is a bit flimsy. Eventually under my close supervision he resorted to a hammer and a screwdriver to cleave the soft rock. I wish they would make other kits with different but similar "finds." this is a messy toy so be sure to put large swaths of newspaper underneath it on the work space. My grandson insisted I give this a 5 star review. I might give it 4 stars because of the flimsy plastic tool. Also the guide was missing from our box.
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My Class Loved It!

4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6 years ago
originally posted on educationalinsights.com
I had 4-5 students working on each rock. It took quite a bit of time for the students to work through the clay to get to the specimens. They loved this project! I think it was great for them to realize that they needed to work slowly and carefully or they could damage their specimens. Real paleontologists would get in trouble/lose funding if they just broke up their specimens in the dig. The tool did wear down but the students just kept using it. I will definitely use these again for my Earth Science class. Real excavation is hard work too!
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My Class Loved It!

4 out of 5 stars
Dunnzilla - 6 years ago
originally posted on educationalinsights.com
I had 4-5 students working on each rock. It took quite a bit of time for the students to work through the clay to get to the specimens. They loved this project! I think it was great for them to realize that they needed to work slowly and carefully or they could damage their specimens. Real paleontologists would get in trouble/lose funding if they just broke up their specimens in the dig. The tool did wear down but the students just kept using it. I will definitely use these again for my Earth Science class. Real excavation is hard work too!
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Great concept, disappointing execution

2 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8 years ago
originally posted on educationalinsights.com
My 10 year old daughter loves everything rock, fossil, and gem-related. She BEGGED me to get her this for Christmas. I thought it looked pretty cool, so I did. The first disappointment was the size of the mystery rock "matrix" (i.e., the clay that the rocks and gems are hidden in). It was maybe 7 inches in diameter and three inches thick, max. Second, upon opening the box, we discovered that there are only 9 (or maybe 10, the information on this was contradictory) specimens in the matrix, NOT 15 as pictured on the box. Third, I understand why they give you a plastic excavation tool to unearth the rocks, so as not to damage them (they are quite small, and some are also fragile) but geez, this thing mostly wore out before she even got the first specimen out of the matrix. We resorted to carefully using the pointy end of a metal can/bottle opener. Fourth disappointment - after excavating the tiny pieces of turquoise and malachite (we think - it was actually just a tiny bead of some sort, same with the "emerald", which was not only a bead, but I'm fairly sure it may even be made of plastic), my daughter pretty much lost interest in this. We resorted to dissolving the rest of the clay in water to unearth the rest of the specimens. Her comment, "when they say hours of fun on the box, they really mean hours of work, for not much payoff," pretty much sums up this product.
1 reply from Educationalinsightspwr team - 3 years ago
Oh, Kathy, what a disappointment for you and your daughter. I will share these comments with our science product manager - our aim is to delight and surpass your expectations and our promises - not to disappoint. I'd love to send you one of our Dino Digs to try - please email amy@educationalinsights.com to coordinate.
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Great concept, disappointing execution

2 out of 5 stars
Kathy - 8 years ago
originally posted on educationalinsights.com
My 10 year old daughter loves everything rock, fossil, and gem-related. She BEGGED me to get her this for Christmas. I thought it looked pretty cool, so I did. The first disappointment was the size of the mystery rock "matrix" (i.e., the clay that the rocks and gems are hidden in). It was maybe 7 inches in diameter and three inches thick, max. Second, upon opening the box, we discovered that there are only 9 (or maybe 10, the information on this was contradictory) specimens in the matrix, NOT 15 as pictured on the box. Third, I understand why they give you a plastic excavation tool to unearth the rocks, so as not to damage them (they are quite small, and some are also fragile) but geez, this thing mostly wore out before she even got the first specimen out of the matrix. We resorted to carefully using the pointy end of a metal can/bottle opener. Fourth disappointment - after excavating the tiny pieces of turquoise and malachite (we think - it was actually just a tiny bead of some sort, same with the "emerald", which was not only a bead, but I'm fairly sure it may even be made of plastic), my daughter pretty much lost interest in this. We resorted to dissolving the rest of the clay in water to unearth the rest of the specimens. Her comment, "when they say hours of fun on the box, they really mean hours of work, for not much payoff," pretty much sums up this product.
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