Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig

Ages: 8 and upManufacturer: NSI INERNATIONAL, INC.


The Smithsonian Rock and Gem Dig by NSI is a fun archeological digging set that includes a sand block, six gemstones with a mixture of added rocks, a dowel, a mallet, and a small pouch to store the gems uncovered.

Our testers found the instructions easy enough to follow and projects manageable for the children to complete with minimal supervision. It’s messy, so be sure to either conduct the “dig” outside or cover the table and area beneath. Although the box suggested larger rocks and gems, the reasonable price and engagement in the activities made up for any disappointment. The young archeologists enjoyed a few hours of fun, and asked their parents more about the field itself, which led to some interesting YouTube sessions.

Claire Green ©2019 Parents’ Choice

As president of Parents’ Choice Foundation, Claire applauds toys and media that unleash children’s interests and celebrate the fun of learning.

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