For Christmas, Elliot got this cute little “gem” kit. We actually made it a week past Christmas before he was beggin’ to open it up. So one day, while the others were napping, I decided it was a good time for him to do this activity. It’s a little block of sand (?), with a little pick, a brush, and a magnifying glass. I gave him a cake pan and set him at the table to get started!
Each of these kits comes with one “block”. In that block are 2 gems, hidden inside. The object is to use the little pick and the brush to reveal the gems (rocks) inside. Elliot got right to work at chipping away the sand (which is more like a fine dust). Surprisingly, he was very gentle, and quickly became absorbed in the activity.
He was excited when the gems started to peek out! He got out the brush and gently started sweeping away the dust.
He was excited to find both gems (errr…rocks), and get them cleaned up. He then looked up which rocks he found according to the key on the box. I would *definitely* buy this again (they sell them at Lakeshore Learning).