As a homeschooling parent, it's up to me to find the best teaching resources for my child. Something that is fun, educational and keeps her interest. That is when I came across the Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit. I was super excited to be able to grab one for review. I knew my daughter would love the hands on learning from this.
My second grade daughter has shown a lot of interest in rocks. She loved when we did our Geology unit. She decided to start collecting rocks and examining them. They are so fascinating to her. So I knew this dig kit would be a perfect fit for her interests. I think the Dr. Cool Dig Kits are so inventive and intriguing to children. They love exploring and learning when they don't know they actually are!
Here is what their website says about the product:
Excavate 3 real gemstone specimens with this incredible hands-on excavation kit. Buried within a gemstone-shaped digging brick, your treasure hunter will dig out a real amethyst crystal, a quartz crystal point and a tiger's eye specimen! This hands-on adventure science kit is a great way to start a rock and mineral collection and includes an excavation tool, brush, and magnifying glass. There’s also a wonderful full-color information guide (written by teachers) so that you can identify and learn about each gemstone. Plus there’s an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to complete. This is a must-have gift for the rock hound or treasure hunter in your family!
AWARDS WON: Preferred Choice Award - Creative Child Magazine 2012 and Seal of Excellence - Creative Child Magazine 2012
So here is what the packaging looks like on the front, inside and back:
- Excavate real quartz, tiger’s eye, and amethyst gemstones with this hands-on digging kit
- Kit includes digging tool, brush and magnifying glass & is a great way to start a rock & mineral collection
- Perfect gift for any kid aged 6-12 that is interested in rocks, science, geology, or paleontology
- The 12-page info guide is filled with cool science facts about gemstones and was written by teachers
- Activity booklet contains 10 wonderful puzzles and games for hours of extra fun and learning
We made a video of the actual dig! It took a total of about an hour to get all three stones out of the mold. But once they were out, we had a lot of fun analyzing and researching them with the information provided in the booklets.
This was our second Discover With Dr. Cool kit and my daughter liked it but preferred the other one better. This kit took too much time for her to dig through the plaster and she started to become a bit frustrated with it. I took over at one point to help speed up the process. She told me that she would recommend this to someone 20 years old LOL .... but once the rocks were all out of the mold, she did enjoy observing them. I do think this kit was pretty cool. But the time it took was a bit too long to hold an 8 year old's interest. I do like the three rocks she got in the kit though. Her favorite she said was the Amethyst. She loved the purple color of it and said she recognized it from jewelry she had seen before.
You can purchase this kit on Discover With Dr. Cool's website or on their Amazon page. You will also find additional kits there as well to discover with your children.
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