In this quick and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to show you how to make a DIY Super Selenite Search. These excavations are super easy to make and are a great teaching resource to include in your next lesson or discussion about minerals, geology, and more.


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Plaster of Paris


Mixing Bowl

Wooden spoon

Measuring cups

Popsicle sticks – Popsicle sticks are inexpensive, readily available, and make great excavation tools.

Safety goggles or glasses – You we need to provide or borrow a set for each student.

Optional – Brushes and magnifying glasses.

Empty Altoids Tin

Selenite - You can buy large chunks of selenite inexpensively online. 


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  1. Place some selenite in the tin. Selenite it brittle and breaks easily, so feel free to break the selenite into smaller pieces if needed or use a bigger container if you prefer the larger chunks. 
  2. Mix 1 cups sand with 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake batter consistency.
  4. Pour the mixture over the selenite.
  5. Place the DIY Super Selenite Dig in front of a fan overnight until it is completely dry.
  6. Distribute the excavation, excavation tools, and safety goggles to your Excavating Adventurer and have fun watching them dig in and discover the awesome selenite you have hidden inside.


Selenite Spectacular: Shimmering Crystals and Magical Marvels!

Fun Facts about Selenite:

  1. Selenite is a type of gypsum crystal known for its translucent or transparent appearance, often resembling frozen ice or a delicate wand.

  2. The name "selenite" comes from the Greek word "selēnitēs," meaning "moonstone," as its ethereal glow resembles the moonlight.

  3. Selenite crystals can be found in various colors, including white, clear, gray, and even peach, with some specimens exhibiting a stunning iridescence.

  4. Selenite is a soft mineral and ranks only 2 on the Mohs hardness scale, which means it can be easily scratched by harder substances.

  5. One fascinating property of selenite is its ability to easily cleave into thin, flexible sheets. These sheets are sometimes used for windows or as a protective cover for artwork.

  6. Selenite is often associated with tranquility and clarity, and some believe it can help cleanse and purify energy in its surroundings.

  7. Selenite crystals are often used in spiritual practices and meditation to promote a sense of peace and serenity.

  8. Selenite can be found in various parts of the world, including Mexico, the United States, Greece, and Morocco.

  9. Selenite can form in different shapes, including long, pointed crystals, clusters, and even in the form of "desert roses," which are rosette-shaped formations.

  10. Selenite is hydrous, meaning it contains water molecules within its crystal structure, which contributes to its unique properties and appearance.

  11. Selenite crystals are fragile and should be handled with care to prevent damage or breakage.

  12. Some people believe that placing selenite in their homes or workspaces can help create a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere.

Remember, selenite crystals shimmer and glow like moonlight, inviting us to explore their mystical properties and appreciate their delicate beauty!

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Question 1: What is the origin of the name "selenite"? A) Sunstone B) Moonstone C) Starseed D) Earthstone

Correct answer: B) Moonstone

Question 2: Which property makes selenite suitable for use as windows or protective covers for artwork? A) Flexibility B) Hardness C) Transparency D) Iridescence

Correct answer: C) Transparency

Question 3: What is a unique shape in which selenite can sometimes be found? A) Cubes B) Spheres C) Rosettes D) Pyramids

Correct answer: C) Rosettes