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Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig

129 customer reviews

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  • Test for hardness
  • Test for streak
  • Learn how rocks and minerals are formed
  • Have fun with an archealogical dig
  • Detailed instructions
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CHOKING HAZARD -- This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

This is the Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig Set. Suitable for Ages 8 & Up. FEATURES: Learn how rocks and minerals are formed Chip away to discover 11 real gemstones and minerals 23" x 17" color poster included Instructions INCLUDES: One block with gemstones Minerals or rocks One mallet One dowel One pair of goggles One streak plate One magnifying glass One brush Color poster Instructions

From the Manufacturer

Dig for semi-precious gemstones and minerals and identify your treasures. Test for hardness and streak. Learn how rocks and minerals are formed and have fun with an archealogical dig. Detailed instructions are included.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 11.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00200JX3I
  • Item model number: 52046
  • Our recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,111 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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150 of 158 people found the following review helpful By ValAllison on November 12, 2010
I bought this at a local store thinking it would be a great activity for when I babysit my little niece. I got her all worked up about digging for treasure, pointing out all the big, colorful gemstones displayed on the box. Then I opened the box and the disappointment started.
First, let's note that the box is slightly larger than a cereal box, which makes for a nice shock when the little square lump of sand/rock/whatever that stuff is slides out, and it's roughly the size of one of my niece's little juice boxes. Not only is this a spectacular waste of packaging, but it's completely misleading.
Worse yet, you'll notice that the mallet included in the kit is displayed on the packaging to scale, yet the gemstones that appear on the packaging are exponentially larger than the little molecules (uh, I mean gems) that are actually embedded in the little sand clump.
The only nice thing in this kit is the poster it comes with, which features nice pictures of the rocks you're supposed to be digging out, and some information about rocks and minerals. Of course, this is just another way of setting you up for a let down, because if your kit is anything like the one I bought, you'll get 3 of the same orange rocks, severely cutting short the variety you may have been hoping for.
In my case, my little niece was psyched about the purple rock she saw on the poster, and kept chipping away at that sand clump in vane, as there was no purple rock, only 3 orange ones, and 8 other kinds of rocks that she didn't give a rip about. Not that it matters, as they were all so ridiculously tiny that we promptly lost several of them and gave up on our plans for me to drill holes in the remaining rocks to string them onto a necklace for my niece to wear to school the next day.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Powers on August 1, 2010
My son was in tears after hammering away diligently. There were some rocks that were less than one cm in diameter. Teeny pebbles. No gems. He was so disappointed. The box implies there are gems at least the size of a dime. This is NOT TRUE. Do not buy this kit. It will only bring you grief. You will be left with an angry/disappointed child to deal with. My son said, "They just wanted our money."
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on June 21, 2010
My kids and I are very disappointed in the size of the rocks/gems from this kit. They have done other kits with rocks the size of small walnuts, the rocks/gems from this kit are each the size of an individual pea. The block is large enough to think the gems are of decent size. Even with the enclosed magnifying glass the rocks are too small to identify.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By AmandaR on February 28, 2013
My 3 year old daughter got this as a birthday gift, and we had so much fun with it, including my 5-year old, that I decided to get one for an upcoming boy's birthday. I was surprised to see such bad reviews, so decided to read them.

First, let me say we had a LOT of fun working on this. It was an unseasonably warm day, and it really is best to do this outside. Yes, the block of gems seems small at first, but its dense and doesnt fall apart easily, so it does take time and work. If it was any larger, I think both of my kids would have lost interest.

Secondly, I don't understand what definition of "gem" people are using in their negative reviews. The common complaint is that the gems are not really gems because they are too small. IF you take the time to read the info that comes with the kit, the size range they give is pretty much spot on for what you will find. And if you look at the box, and compare the size gems shown to the size of the mallet, well, that seems totally accurate to me.

The definition of "gem" has nothing to do with size. And the word "gem" is far from technical in the first place.

I have to ask some of the female reviewers: If you are married, are you wearing diamonds on your fingers the size of Hershey kisses, or larger? Because I'm not, and Im pretty sure my diamond is still considered a "gem".

We found exactly the number of gems the kit said, all different, and all around 1 cm. Totally happy with this. For the price, I dont know how anyone could expect to find giant stones in here, nor why that should effect the fun of chippign away and digging for stones. My kids were not at all disappointed.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Erik on December 31, 2010
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We almost didn't buy this, due to the poor reviews we read here, but our 7 year-old Grand-daughter was fascinated with this thing, and had it at the top of her list, so we ordered it, even though we feared a flood of tears and disappointment when she opened it. We couldn't have been more wrong. She got a lot of toys and gifts on Christmas morning, but this was the first thing she wanted to open and try out. It comes with safety goggles, and she wore those all day (she still has them, and thinks they are cool to wear). She hammered on the "lump" with the "chisel" (a pointed wooden dowel) and the wooden mallet. She cleaned off the "gems" and rocks with the brush. She found 11 "gems" and some rocks (all about the size of a raisin or smaller) and because the box said there were 11 (or more) gems, she stopped after number 11. In short, she had a BLAST!
As a bonus, we got to dump everything but the gems and rocks (and goggles) into the trash as soon as she finished - nothing to store! All in all, this was the best $15 toy we have ever gotten her.
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