Children of all ages love rocks and minerals. Mini Me Geology kits by Giverny, Inc are the perfect, educational products for anyone interested in science. The Professional Geologist designs each kit series for different age groups, settings, and interests in mind. The type of kit you choose for your child should be based on age, likes and dislikes, and their level of interest in geology.
Choose the Type of Kit First – Minerals, Igneous Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks or a Combination
First decide what type of kit your child would like. You can choose from minerals, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks, or sedimentary rocks. Each type is formed in a different setting.
Minerals – Minerals are the substances that make up rocks and tend to be colorful and have nice shapes. Many people use the term “crystals” when referring to minerals as well. The samples in the Crystal Geometry and Crystal Experiment Rock Detective kits are minerals. Mineral kits are our most popular. Examples include calcite, amethyst, and pyrite.
Igneous Rocks – Igneous rocks are made by volcanoes and have unique textures and forms. Our kits feature both intrusive rocks (formed below ground) and extrusive rocks (formed outside the volcano). Examples include basalt, granite, and obsidian.
Sedimentary Rocks – Sedimentary rocks form in deserts, rivers, or oceans. These rocks may have interesting patterns, textures, and fossil and shell traces. Examples include sandstone, limestone, and coquina.
Metamorphic Rocks – Metamorphic rocks were formerly igneous or sedimentary rocks or other metamorphic rocks that changed to a new rock from exposure to heat and/or pressure. The high heat and pressure that forms these rocks can create interesting appearances and minerals within the rock. Examples include garnet schist, gneiss, and slate.
My Rockin’ Collection Deluxe Kits
The My Rockin’ Collection series is Mini Me Geology’s deluxe line of rock and mineral kits. This series is perfect for anyone who loves geology between the ages of 6 and 106. These deluxe kits feature 10 or 15 (depending on the kit) large mineral and rock samples, a hand magnifier, and identification cards. The mineral kit also includes white and black streak plates for testing. The contents are housed in a sturdy storage box with foam padding and identification stickers below the foam so you can see if you properly identify the samples. The box closes with a snug fit so that every sample stays in its own section. These kits are good for classroom and home school lessons too. The Dig into Geology section of the Mini Me Geology website also has a dedicated area for each deluxe kit with information on how to use your kit and a downloadable flow chart that can be used to aid in sample identification.
My Rockin’ Collection Junior Kits
The My Rockin’ Collection Junior kits are a perfect introductory kit for beginning geologists, home school families, and school classrooms. Each kit comes with 10 samples and an identification flyer with details about each sample and a photo. The minerals and rocks included in these junior kits are also included in the My Rockin Collection Deluxe kits and the School Edition kits. The downloadable flow charts in the Dig into Geology section of our site are applicable to these kits. The My Rockin’ Collection Junior series is recommended for ages 6 to adult. Children should be able to read for maximum benefit.
Rock Detectives Kits
The Rock Detectives are the perfect mineral and rock kits for kids who are just starting out in geology. Kits include Mineral Mission, Igneous Investigation, Metamorphic Mystery, Sedimentary Sleuthing, Crystal Experiments, and Crystal Geometry. Each kit contains 6 rocks or minerals (one kit has 7), a hand magnifier, and a printable mini-CD with 30 pages of geological information, rock and mineral identification activities, puzzles, experiments, projects, coloring pages, creative writing exercises and fun! The Rock Detectives kits help children become involved in scientific exploration and learning. These kits are also popular for home school lessons for elementary age children. See these kits in action in this video about the Rock Detectives series. The Rock Detectives series is recommended for ages 6 to 12. Children should be able to read for maximum benefit. Adult supervision is required for some of the experiments.
The Rock Cycle Kit
Mini Me Geology’s Rock Cycle kit is a great collection for older students or home school families who have learned about the basics of rocks and minerals. This kit has 5 samples each of minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. The included CD is full of information and activities to help students learn about the rock cycle and its effects on our Earth.
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