Wednesday, November 9, 2011

National Geographic Rocks & Minerals Science Kit Review

Crystals, Rocks & Minerals

Geology, Mineralogy, and Crystal Growing will make a fabulous Holiday gift for your budding scientist. It is recommended for ages 8 and up, but I tried it out with my 6 year old. It definitely is for an older child due to the safety precautions working with chemicals. But, it's really cool! 

Because my daughter was young we had top take our time and I had to do a lot of it, but she loved every minute. There is something about science kits that fascinate kids and they really are more engaging than a lot of toys out there. Perfect for boys and girls around age 8 and up!  National Geographic, thames and kosmos, has many kits for various interests and ages! Check them out here.

More about the kit:
Learn about rocks and the minerals that form them. Dig deeper, and discover the fascinating crystal structures of these minerals. Much more than just a crystal growing kit, this experiment kit teaches you the chemistry of crystals and the geological science behind rock formation with more than 18 hands-on projects and investigations.

Grow three chemically different types of crystals that exhibit not only different colors, but also different crystal shapes. Build three-dimensional geometric models of common crystals shapes including octahedrons, tetrahedrons, and rhomboids. Mold your own crystal geode — a hollow rock with crystals growing inside!

Learn how to test and identify minerals with your very own collection of real specimen included in the kit. Conduct tests to determine a mineral’s chemical and physical properties such as color, luster, streak color, hardness, density, magnetic properties, and carbon, sulfur, or iron content.

Full-color, 32-page experiment manual. Ages 8 and up.


I also love their Environmental Science Kit
 This science kit gives you the tools and information to learn firsthand about the environmental problems burdening our planet and how we as a civilization can overcome these problems through sustainable practices and the sensible use of technology. 


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