My First Rock & Gem Collection

My First Rock & Gem Collection
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
July 15, 2020
ISBN
9781338643930
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My First Rock & Gem Collection
9 Rocks & Surprise Gem Dig Kit
Junior gemologists will “dig” learning about rocks and minerals with this beginner’s collection. The kit includes 9 polished rock samples, such as turquoise, amethyst, rose quartz, lemon jade, and more. One of the rocks is

a surprise rock that kids will unearth in the dig kit. The field guide introduces easy-to-follow S.T.E.M. content, including fun facts and jokes. Then kids can go exploring to find rocks from home that they can decorate with the

included paint and googly eyes.

9 real rock samples are explained in a 20-page field guide of information about each rock’s special properties, in kid-friendly language
Use a wooden hammer and chisel to dig out a bonus mystery rock from a treasure chest—shaped dig kit
Decorate rocks from home with 4 colors of paint, brush, and googly eyes

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1 review
delightful rock and gem set
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
MY FIRST ROCK AND GEM COLLECTION is a delightful gift package that teaches about rocks and allows children to have a lot of fun with them. This is sure to keep kids busy for hours with rocks to start their collection, a hammer and chisel plus treasure chest hiding another rock, a magnifying glass, and paint, a brush, and googly eyes for painting rocks. The package also contains a small booklet with information about the included rocks and general facts about rocks.

What I loved: This is such a great little package that is sure to keep children busy for hours! The rocks included are primarily minerals, but they are really lovely to examine and collect. The small magnifying glass allows children to take a peek at them up close, and the accompanying booklet puts each stone in context with cool facts and information about them. The fun continues with the treasure chest that children can use the wooden hammer and chisel to dig out. The booklet encourages children to then make the identification of this stone by showing three possibilities (with the answer in the back). This is perfect for a budding rock collector.

The final activity in the booklet and kit is one that can turn into a lot of fun. Children are encouraged to go with an adult to find rocks that are good for painting. The included paint and googly eyes allows for a lot of creativity in children creating rock pets or cool designs.

What left me wanting more: This kit is great as-is, but I would have loved even more information about rocks in general. While the book describes how rocks are made, most of those included are minerals, and it would have been cool to learn more about those and/or to have other rock types included in the kit. I also would have loved some rocks already in the kit for painting.

Final verdict: A delightful set sure to keep children busy for hours, MY FIRST ROCK AND GEM COLLECTION is perfect for preschoolers on up who love to learn and explore! This is a great gift set that we really enjoyed!
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