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4M Crystal Mining Kit

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4.6 out of 5 stars 541 customer reviews
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Crystal Mining Kit
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  • This educational kit allows young mineral hunters to dig for their very own crystals, using the kit's digging tool to unearth treasures from a tough plaster "rock".
  • The kit includes a plaster rock with eight (8) individual crystals, a digging tool, drawstring pouch for storing crystals, and more.
  • A handy magnifying glass lets mineral hunters examine their treasures and study their different features.
  • Once the crystals have been excavated, they can be displayed proudly in an attractive display case included with the kit.
  • Recommended for ages 5 years and up.
  • Challenge your child's imagination with 4M toys and kits.
  • 4M educational toys cover a wide range of educational subjects and include science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Style: Crystal Mining Kit

Product Description

Explore the wonders of geology with the 4M Crystal Mining Kit. This educational kit allows young mineral hunters to dig for their very own crystals, using the kit's digging tool to unearth treasures from a tough plaster "rock". The kit includes a plaster rock with eight (8) individual crystals, a digging tool, drawstring pouch for storing crystals, and more. A handy magnifying glass lets mineral hunters examine their treasures and study their different features. Once the crystals have been excavated, they can be displayed proudly in an attractive display case included with the kit. Recommended for ages 5 years and up.

From the Manufacturer

Excavate, study and then display your own beautiful crystals. Kit includes plaster rock with eight embedded crystals, digging tool, display case, drawstring pouch and more!

Product Details

Style Name: Crystal Mining Kit
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2.2 x 6.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000HGJJGI
  • Item model number: 3564
  • Our recommended age: 5 - 11 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (541 customer reviews)

From the Manufacturer

4M Crystal Growing Experiment 4M Crystal Mining Kit
Grow Your Own Crystals
Mine Your Own Crystals
Includes Parts and Accessories
Includes Display Cases
Recommended Ages For Ages 10+ For Ages 5+

Customer Reviews

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This toy was really better than I expected. I purchased one for both my 8 and 5 year old. They started out chipping away little pieces of the hard outer plaster . After a while, my daughter got a container of warm water and realized that the water dissolved the plaster just enough to make their hammering/sawing work a bit easier. They were so excited to extract each crystal and looked at them with the magnifying glass and had a wonderful time exploring the differences/colors/textures. This simple toy kept them busy for about an hour 1/2 and they each have the 8 crystals to keep and enjoy. Would recommend highly.
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My 7-year old loves this. She is a hands-on learner. We were working together on the toy, just like 5 minutes ago, and then I came upstairs to order more for Christmas gifts because of the much fun she was experiencing with the kit. As I was at my computer and in the process of completing my order via Amazon, my child came running up the stairs, with dust all over her, looking very uncomfortable and blinking profusely; her eyes and the surrounding areas were beet red! She had accidentally blown the debris in her eyes! We did an eye rinse, followed by some eye drops, and then she went to fetch her swimming googles! Smart kid. I replied to her, "Are you going back for more?" Her reply: "Oh, yea!" LOL. Getting dust/debris in the eye from this toy is easy to do, so you should probably have some goggles on hand for your child, or even for you the adult, if you intend on helping out. I do not recall in the instructions that googles are recommended, but they should be. Fabulous toy but dusty! Wear googles!
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Anyone looking for an activity that'll keep your little ones independently occupied (without the constant "Mommy/Daddy"...) NEEDS to have this in the toy closet. It's definitely an outdoor activity, since the plaster makes dust. And it's obviously a one time use, but for $10 at least an hour of play, who can beat it? The tool that comes with it has a serrated edge on one side (like a dull butter knife) and a little mallet on the other side. He used it like a saw. Seriously, he's doing it now and has been at it long enough for me to empty dishes, load dishes, check email and write this review :)
The stones themselves are a decent size, about the size of a large pebble or gum all. The box said the block has 8 stones but ours had 10. I'd say it's perfect for ages 5-8.

The only improvement I'd see for this product (but not enough to remove a star), was actually a comment my son made "Mommy, shouldn't there be safety glasses in the box too?"

Such a cute activity, ordering a couple for my mom to have on hand for when the kids are there.
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My 10 year old really liked "mining" for these crystals. She did not attempt to get all the crystals out of the block in one setting. She did a little bit of chipping away of the block, whenever she felt like it. I actually found myself chipping away at it a time or two, it was thrapeutic for me:>. Once you see a piece of a crystal it's exciting. I'm going to look for a more challenging one for her this year. I recommend this, but you must have patience.
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I bought two of these, one for my daughter and one for my niece. My daughter (aged 5 at the time) had a great time chipping away at the rock to get all of the gems out. True, it did take her quite a while (and she switched off for a bit with her 7-year-old sister), but the only time I had to intervene was to suggest she wet the rock to make chiseling a bit easier. All told, it took a few hours (which, as a parent of four, was *brilliant*!) and resulted in quite a few nice polished stones. She keeps them in the included leather pouch and considers them one of her valued "treasures."
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Pearl (aged seven), who also titled this review, says: I got this toy and the next day I opened it up and there was a big cube in it. At first when I digged in it, I didn't find any gems. But then, when I got a little bit farther, I started finding the gems. I loved this toy. It was kind of hard to hit it at first, though, because the cube was really hard. I used the hammer that came with it, but the hammer didn't really work so I started using a real hammer. It only took me one night. The gems are beautiful!
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I had to do the project myself as there's no way that this could be completed by a young child. The instructions read that you use the hammer part of the tool and then when you break the entire block up, use the scrapper to get the crystal out and scrap off the extra dirt. Well, as an adult, the hammer they give is definitely safe for kids because there's no way it's going to break up the block. I had to scrape the entire block until I finally found the crystals.
When you open the package, it does say something along the lines of "just like an archaeologist, you have to have patience and scrape carefully or you will scratch your crystals." Well, you must have patience because it took me some seven hours to get the crystals out. A couple times I gave up and had to put it away and come back to it. The one plus is that once you get one or two of the gems out, the others are often just underneath so it does get easier, but there's no way your item is going to look like the picture where you have mostly sand and just pick the gems out.

Oh, and if you are scraping one side and getting nowhere, turn the block over. Most of our gems were closer to one side.

Kit comes with a little gem storing page, a bag to put the gems in, and a plastic hammer/scraper. Our scraper was completely worn down once I was done.
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