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Educational Insights GeoSafari Mystery Rock

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Product Description

CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Excavate real specimens from Earth's ancient past! Includes real gemstones, rock and mineral specimens, and fossils; step-by-step instruction booklet; specimen identification chart; and display tray.
Ages 6 and up.

Additional Info

425567

FDA65B3F

086002051400

EI-5140

2.8 pounds

9.6 x 8.0 x 3.2

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Average Customer Rating:

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Educational Insights Prospector's Mystery Rock
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

Great Entertainment Toy

By voracious reader

from Houston, T

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lasting Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Outside

    Comments about Educational Insights Prospector's Mystery Rock:

    My grandson loved this toy of discovery. He did not follow good archaeological practices by carefully extricating the treasures. However, one could certainly teach those to a more patient child. Mine is 6. The plastic tool is a bit flimsy. Eventually under my close supervision he resorted to a hammer and a screwdriver to cleave the soft rock. I wish they would make other kits with different but similar "finds." this is a messy toy so be sure to put large swaths of newspaper underneath it on the work space. My grandson insisted I give this a 5 star review. I might give it 4 stars because of the flimsy plastic tool. Also the guide was missing from our box.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    My Class Loved It!

    By Dunnzilla

    from Eureka, MT

    About Me Educator

    Comments about Educational Insights Prospector's Mystery Rock:

    I had 4-5 students working on each rock. It took quite a bit of time for the students to work through the clay to get to the specimens. They loved this project! I think it was great for them to realize that they needed to work slowly and carefully or they could damage their specimens. Real paleontologists would get in trouble/lose funding if they just broke up their specimens in the dig. The tool did wear down but the students just kept using it. I will definitely use these again for my Earth Science class. Real excavation is hard work too!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    2.0

    Great concept, disappointing execution

    By Kathy

    from Chicago

    About Me Parent

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Educational Insights Prospector's Mystery Rock:

        My 10 year old daughter loves everything rock, fossil, and gem-related. She BEGGED me to get her this for Christmas. I thought it looked pretty cool, so I did. The first disappointment was the size of the mystery rock "matrix" (i.e., the clay that the rocks and gems are hidden in). It was maybe 7 inches in diameter and three inches thick, max. Second, upon opening the box, we discovered that there are only 9 (or maybe 10, the information on this was contradictory) specimens in the matrix, NOT 15 as pictured on the box. Third, I understand why they give you a plastic excavation tool to unearth the rocks, so as not to damage them (they are quite small, and some are also fragile) but geez, this thing mostly wore out before she even got the first specimen out of the matrix. We resorted to carefully using the pointy end of a metal can/bottle opener. Fourth disappointment - after excavating the tiny pieces of turquoise and malachite (we think - it was actually just a tiny bead of some sort, same with the "emerald", which was not only a bead, but I'm fairly sure it may even be made of plastic), my daughter pretty much lost interest in this. We resorted to dissolving the rest of the clay in water to unearth the rest of the specimens. Her comment, "when they say hours of fun on the box, they really mean hours of work, for not much payoff," pretty much sums up this product.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great activity for patient children

        By taxi cab driver

        from boonsboro, md

        About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Exciting
        • Lasting Fun

        Cons

        • Time Consuming

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Educational Insights Prospector's Mystery Rock:

        My seven yr old loved uncovering everything! Great activity for us to do together. Did take quite awhile if done by directions. Some of the specimens are tiny - good discussions about real archeaological digs spawned by this activity!

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