DIY SUPER SELENITE SEARCH
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
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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- 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.
- Mix 1 cups sand with 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris.
- Add 1/3 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake batter consistency.
- Pour the mixture over the selenite.
- Place the DIY Super Selenite Dig in front of a fan overnight until it is completely dry.
- 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.
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