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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

  • Instant Crystal® Growing Kit
  • Create a Brilliant Underwater Garden
  • Rocks Grow to Different Heights up to 4 Inches
  • STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math

Specifications

Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 8 Major Allergens

Suggested Age: 10 Years and Up

Educational Focus: Engineering, Science, Technology, Math

Includes: Stickers, Rocks, Poster, Instruction Guide

Battery: No Battery Used

TCIN: 51308939
UPC: 042409518816
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-2411
Origin: Imported

Description

Crystals can take thousands of years to form, but the Smithsonian Magic Rocks Kit lets you create them in just hours! Just mix the “Magic Solution” with warm water, and pour it over the “Magic Rocks” that you place in your tank. Repeat this process in six hours, and watch with amazement as your rocks grow into colorful stalagmite-like towers.
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: 11.8 inches length x 7.29 inches width x 2.72 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 2.34 pounds

Return details

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This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup. If purchased online with SNAP EBT, this item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup. This 90-day return window is required by SNAP.
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3.6 out of 5 stars with 81 reviews
44% would recommend
18 recommendations
quality: 3.07 out of 5
ease of use: 4.07 out of 5
value: 2.92 out of 5
length of play: 2.93 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3.57 out of 5

Magic Rocks

5 out of 5 stars
Rhodie - 15 days ago, Verified purchaser
Our niece loves rocks and crystals. We enjoyed this kit and the magic rock crystals really formed nicely. She was super happy! Thank you.
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No rocks, so this was a total waste/rip off. Unusable.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Katep - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
This kit did not have the metallic salt crystals (rocks)! You can't do anything without the rocks! So maddening! My daughter was very disappointed.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
Oh, no! We are truly sorry that you had a disappointing experience with your Magic Rocks kit. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we 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 Katep.
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Not as Advertised

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
shel - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
I have gifted many Smithsonian toys/ kits to my younger siblings & cousins and this one was by far the worst. The entire experiment is easy to understand and the steps are quite simple, but The directions are much too difficult for even a 12 year old to follow, as it has you pour a large amount of solution into the narrow acrylic tank which is a recipe for disaster (even the most coordinated kids are sure to make a mess). The finished kit does not look anything like the picture on the box, as the “magic rocks” are much smaller and less vibrant in real life. Any color in the magic rocks that do form seeps out into the solution and water that you put into the tank, leaving them almost colorless after just a few days.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 3 months ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks, 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 shel.
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 2 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 2 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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Great Gift

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Gma2 rescue - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Prefect gift ! Easy and fun science!
length of play: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Fun!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
yam123 - 4 months ago
We really loved it. It was really fun and watching the growth. This is definitely something we’d do again.
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
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Dont buy

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Jlove85 - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
Not the best quality. Didn’t grow correctly or last. Crumbled after very little growth.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 7 months ago
We're sorry you are disappointed with your Magic Rocks kit, but we want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they'll be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Jlove85.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Awful

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Jim D - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
I remember doing this as a kid. It was awesome. Bought this for my kid. The growth was so pitiful. Big disappointment.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 8 months ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks, but we 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 Jim D.
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
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great

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
sir me - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
So much fun. a must for all
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Sharing science kit

5 out of 5 stars
Bubbie - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
Bought for two brothers to do together. It gives almost immediate exciting results. Perfect crystal experiment.
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SO VERY UPSET

1 out of 5 stars
mkreardon - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
I did this science kit as a science project as a pick me up. Not only does it not work very good. But the liquid spilled on my brand new $700 rug. They do not have any instructions on what to do to fix it AND NEITHER DOES GOOGLE. my rug is stiff as a board and it was plush beforehand. I know it was partially my fault but i don't even care i'm beyond disgusted as a consumer. Never again.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're sorry you are disappointed with your Magic Rocks kit. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted under mkreardon.
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Not impressed

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Foodie4life - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
The rocks barely grew and did not grow as tall as pictured. It contains chemicals so adult supervision is required. Spilled a little of the solution on our table which left a white stain. Good thing we had it done outside. I would not recommend and not a good value for the price.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks Kit, but we want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, putting "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line. Please let them know when you posted your review and that your Target "handle" is Foodie4life. Thanks.
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Do Not Buy This

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Bamblam - 2 years ago
The rocks do not grow anywhere near as they show on the box. The rocks that do grow break when changing the water. I even tried putting the clean water so it would run down the side of the container so it wouldn't go directly on the rocks. Some of the rocks break free from the the container when emptied to put clean water in. Worst of all there is no lid! This is supposed to be for children. Expect 4 cups of water to be dumped on your floor.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 years ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks kit, but we want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line.
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Very disappointed

1 out of 5 stars
Selvana - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I follow all the steps and crystals didn’t stay in the tank after pouring the solution out. I am very disappointed with this. I bought for my son for Christmas and he didn’t enjoyed at all. Noting like description. Don’t waste your money.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 years ago
Hi, Selvana. We're sorry you had issues with your Magic Rocks kit, but we want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, putting "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line. We'll be happy to help you.
broad age appeal: 2 out of 5
ease of use: 4 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Hard pass.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
AW - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Who invented this for children??? 1-it involves chemicals, so a parent/guardian has to do basically everything while the kid looks on. Super fun. 2-it low key doesn’t work. I mean, technically, it does, but the final result looks nothing like the pic on the box. Disappointing. 3-my favorite part ... after your rocks grow a disappointing amount and you dump out the chemicals while your kid looks on, the instructions say to fill the container with water. Great idea. Fill this tall, skinny plastic box that doesn’t have a lid with water. Leaving this spectacle with your child is the easiest and fastest way to get 4 cups of water spilled all over your house. Definitely do not recommend. I wish I could have my money back. This is a real smudge on the Smithsonian name, imho.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 years ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks, but we want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com, putting "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line. We'll be happy to help you.
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Cool rocks

5 out of 5 stars
Melissa - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
The girl we gave this to loved it!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Magic rocks

5 out of 5 stars
Brenda - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
My Grandson will love these !!
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 3 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Did not grow like the picture.

2 out of 5 stars
susmadel - 2 years ago
This was an OK project. The magic rocks didn't grow very high at all and didn't look like the picture. But the kids had fun checking out the progress over the 6 hour window
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 years ago
We're sorry your Magic Rocks kit didn't grow very high, but we want to make things right. Please email us at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we'll be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line.
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Great growth if the tank was 3" tall. LOL

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
rayandboo - 2 years ago
Crystal's did not grow, nor were colors vibrant as pictured. Had to change water multiple times over the first couple of days due to the blue/green dyes leaching into the water. Crystal's are so fragile, that they crumble during water changes, even when extreme care is given. Also, measurements in directions call for too much water. Very disappointed! :(
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 years ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks Kit, but we want to make things right. Please email us at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line.
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Not a great product

2 out of 5 stars
AnnaMaria - 2 years ago
very expensive for what you get. The crystals do not grow anywhere near the picture. It was fun to build and watch grow for my 5 year' old, but definitely not worth the cost.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 years ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Magic Rocks, but we want to make things right. Please reach out to us at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we'll be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line.
quality: 3 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
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just junk

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
jB - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Just a let down. Barely grows, sad kids, money gone.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 3 years ago
Hi, JB. We're so sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Magic Rocks kit. Please contact our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com. Put “Target Review Follow-Up” in the subject line, and we will be happy to make this right!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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