Make a Crystal Mining Kit

Make Crystal Mining Kits at Home

There are many crystal mines and quarries around the world that allow visitors to come and dig for crystals. Some of these mines even offer guided tours and educational programs. If you are not fortunate enough to have a crystal mine nearby, then may I suggest we make our very own crystal mining kit to excavate and enjoy?
A quick internet search may reveal that there are crystal mining opportunities very near to you. If this is true, I highly recommend you take the time to enjoy this fun and exciting adventure (just be sure to follow any rules, laws, and regulations associated with crystal mining in your area).

Crystals are fascinating and beautiful formations that occur naturally in the earth's crust. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and are made up of various elements and minerals. Some of the most well-known crystals include diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, but there are thousands of other varieties to explore.

Are you ready for an exciting and mysterious adventure into the world of crystals?

One interesting fact about crystals is that they have been used for centuries for their healing properties. Many people believe that crystals have unique energies and vibrations that can be used to promote health, relaxation, and spiritual growth. This is why crystals are often used in meditation and other spiritual practices.

But if you don't have a crystal mine nearby, don't worry! You can still enjoy the excitement and mystery of crystal mining by making your very own crystal mining kit at home.

In this quick tutorial, we are going to show you how to make your very own crystal mining kit with a few readily available and inexpensive items. Once the kit is ready, we are going to have even more fun by excavating the crystal mine in the dark!
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Fun Facts About Crystals


Here are some fun science facts about crystals:

  1. Crystals can be found in nature or can be grown in a laboratory.

  2. Crystals can be made up of just one type of atom or molecule, or they can be made up of many different types.

  3. Crystals have a regular, repeating structure, which gives them their unique shape and properties.

  4. Some crystals, like quartz, can generate an electric charge when compressed or heated. This is known as the piezoelectric effect.

  5. The Cave of the Crystals in Mexico contains some of the largest selenite crystals in the world. The largest crystals are 36 feet long and 3 feet thick.

  6. Snowflakes are examples of natural crystals that form in the atmosphere.

  7. Salt crystals are used to de-ice roads in cold climates.

  8. Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and are often used in cutting tools.

  9. Crystals can have different colors depending on the types of atoms or molecules that make them up.

  10. Crystals can have healing properties and are often used in alternative medicine.

  11. The Cave of the Crystals in Mexico contains some of the largest selenite crystals in the world. The largest crystals are 36 feet long and 3 feet thick. 


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Materials and Instructions 


First, gather your materials. You'll need sand, plaster of Paris, water, a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, measuring cups, excavation tools (such as wooden dowels or other blunt instruments), safety goggles, a small brush, a headlamp, and a small bag of quartz points. You can find these quartz points online for a reasonable price, but if you can't find them, selenite and geodes make great substitutes.

Once you have your materials, it's time to start creating your crystal mining kit. Begin by putting one cup of sand in your mixing bowl. Add one-third cup of plaster of Paris and use the wooden spoon to mix the sand and plaster of Paris together. Add one-third cup of water and mix well. Keep adding small amounts of water until the mixture reaches a pancake-like batter consistency.

Next, add the quartz points to your container. Pour a layer of the mixture into the container to cover the quartz points. Gently tap the sides of the container to remove any air bubbles and allow the mixture to settle under the quartz points. If you want to make your kit look even cooler, stick a few quartz points in the surface of the mixture and leave them sticking out at different angles.

Set the crystal mining kit in a safe location to dry overnight. Once it's dry, you can sprinkle on some glow-in-the-dark powder for an extra cool effect. And don't forget to have a couple of larger pieces of quartz available for your excavating adventure. Rub them together in the dark for an awesome display of triboluminescence.

Now it's time to excavate your crystal mine! Find a darkened area, distribute the safety goggles, headlamp, and excavation tools, and let the digging begin. Pro tip: add other fun little glow-in-the-dark items to the crystal mining kit, like glow-in-the-dark bugs, to make the experience even more exciting.

    Pro tip: Have a couple of larger pieces of quartz available. These will need to be big enough to hold one in each hand and rub together. Try and fit them in the crystal mining kit if possible but they may be too large. While in the darkened space, rub the two pieces of quartz together vigorously. They will give off a really cool glow inside that is called triboluminescence. This is an awesome phenomenon to observe that is sure to impress your crystal miner. 

    Now the crystal mining kit you have made is ready to be enjoyed. Find a darkened area that is easy to clean up, distribute the safety goggles, headlamp, and excavation tools, and let the excavating begin. 

    Pro tip: Go ahead and add other fun little glow in the dark items to the crystal mining kit. I like to add glow in the dark bugs. These are fun for your excavating adventurer to discover on their quest through the darkened crystal cave!


    Excavate a world of wonder with this unique twist on traditional rock and mineral-themed activities - the make a gem mining kit adventure that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home! Create a block filled with custom gemstones, select your preferred size and type, and let the digging commence.


    Sprinkle on some colored sand, gravel, or biodegradable gold glitter to enhance the excitement, and ignite your kids' love for science and exploration. All you need are bags of assorted raw gemstones, rocks, and minerals, and you're good to go!

    More DIY Crystal Mining at Home Kit Ideas


    But why stop at just one crystal mining kit? You can create batches of these kits for birthday parties or classroom activities. Kids will love the sense of adventure and discovery as they excavate their very own crystals. And for adults, a crystal dig can be a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon with friends.

    If you want to take your crystal mining adventures to the next level, consider adding a quartz point to a DIY gem mining bucket. This is a great way to create a fun and unique activity for kids or adults. Simply fill a bucket with sand, hide the quartz point inside, and let the excavating begin.

    Also, crystal digging kits are not just for kids. Adults can also enjoy the thrill of discovering hidden treasures and the excitement of excavating a crystal mine. In fact, many adults find the process of digging and discovering crystals to be a relaxing and meditative activity. The joy of finding a beautiful crystal or gemstone is something that can be appreciated by people of all ages. Plus, crystal digging can be a great way to bond with friends or family members, and it can also be a fun and unique activity to do alone or as a group.

    So, whether you are an experienced crystal collector or just someone who enjoys trying out new activities, a crystal digging kit can be a great way to add a little adventure and excitement to your life.

    I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and enjoy making the crystal mining kit. These excavations are very easy to make, inexpensive, and a lot of fun!
    Pro tip: Use this activity to create some excitement around discussions or lessons regarding minerals, crystals, geology and more. 
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    Happy Excavating!




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