Print a Mineral Identification Flow Chart
You can download and use our Mineral Identification Flow Chart for another fun way of identifying the minerals in many of your Mini Me Geology kits. The link to download and print your free mineral identification flow chart is located at the top of this page.
We have designed this mineral flow chart to help you identify your samples since some can look very similar. To use our Mineral Identification Flow Chart, it will be easiest if you print out your own copy first. The flow chart moves from left to right, following the arrows.
Step 4: Test Special Features – To test the special features listed on the chart, you may need to gather some household items such as a paperclip and some vinegar. Kids, get an adult to help you with the vinegar. Many of the special features can been seen by looking through your hand magnifier. Sometimes, the special features are needed to identify your mineral, other times, the special features are simply fun to see. Kids, if you think you have Halite, let an adult do the taste test! See how they react when it tastes like salt!
Follow these steps for each of your mineral samples until you identify them all. You can learn more about testing a minerals hardness with this article at Dig Into Geology. If you need help, grab an adult and give us a call.