EASY EMERALD EXPEDITION

 

In this quick and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to show you how to make an Easy Emerald Expedition. These excavations are super easy to make and are a great teaching resource to include in your next lesson or discussion about gemstones, geology, mining and more.

 

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Materials:

Sand

Plaster of Paris

Water

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.

Small wooden treasure chest – you can get these online or at craft stores

Emeralds - You can buy a bag of rough emeralds for a reasonable price online. You can also simply spray paint a few rocks green and make your own emeralds for this excavation activity. 

 

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Directions:

 

  1. Place some emeralds in the wooden treasure chest.
  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 emeralds.
  5. Place the Easy Emerald Expedition 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 emeralds you have hidden inside.

 

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