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Smithsonian® Rock and Gem Dig Kit

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About this item


  • Excavate Gemstones and Minerals
  • Identify Gemstones and Minerals          
  • Learn How Rocks and Minerals Are Formed
  • STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math
Smithsonian Rock & Gem Dig includes:  1 Sand Block Containing 11 Real Gemstones, Minerals or Rocks,1 Mallet, 1 Dowel, 1 Pair of Goggles, 1 Streak Plate, 1 Magnifying Glass, 1 Pouch and Color Poster with Instructions.
Ages 8+
WARNING: Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid inhalation of dust.
Adult supervision required. Conforms to ASTM D-4236
Manufactured by NSI International, Inc. New York, NY 10010 © and TM 2017 NSI International, Inc., and NSI Products (HK) Limited.
© 2017 Smithsonian Institution® The Smithsonian name and logo are registered trademarks of the Smithsonian Institution.
Material: Wood, plastic
Includes: Instruction guide
Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up
Grade Level: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Number of Players: 1 Player
Educational Focus: Math, Science, engineering, technology
Power Source: Non-powered
TCIN: 51308917
UPC: 042409518793
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-2410
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Ratings & reviews

overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars, see all reviews

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Great idea and a lot of fun for us

4 out of 5 stars
Target Person 1 month ago
Our 7 year old was enthralled by this kit. We didn't have the same experience as others where the gem stones were clustered together. Ours were spread out evenly. We really enjoyed it. I was thinking about getting it for our local 2nd grade classroom as an activity. The gems are very small but that ...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Over in a minute

(would not recommend)
1 out of 5 stars
Blueaccord 11 months ago
verified purchaser
Very small. After about 1 minute of letting my 5 year old hammer the block with the wooden hammer (included), the block literally split in half revealing all the tiny gemstones clustered together. They fell out without any more work. The stones are also tiny but that was expected. I was hoping for a...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Small but Satisfying

(would recommend)
4 out of 5 stars
MrsSmith 1 year ago
verified purchaser
Yes, the rocks and gems are small, but what do you expect for $13. I bought this for my daughter last Christmas and she loved it. It's more about the adventure in unveiling your rock discoveries than the amount or size found. I bought it again for her this year (it was on her list)!see moreof the reviewer's review
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Very small rocks

(would not recommend)
1 out of 5 stars
Jhaven007 1 year ago
Disappointed at how small the rocks are, each measuring approx a 1/4 in round if that. Nothing like the stones represented on the box.see moreof the reviewer's review
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