Grandmother Chance gave Nicholas a Rock Hunter kit for Christmas last year. As with many things around here it got misplaced and recently rediscovered. So Nicholas got to experience the excitement of his present twice 🙂 The Rock Hunter kit is really cool. There were three rocks and an arrowhead “hidden” in this faux rock. The kit comes with safety goggles, a hammer, chisel, velvet drawstring bag to hold your treasures, and a poster to teach you about the rocks you find. Nicholas was very precise with the hammer and chisel, at least for a little while. Then he threw down the hammer and just pounded on the rock with the chisel. Ahh, he has the patience of a 5 year old 🙂 Ooops, notice the new band-aid on his finger. Learned a lesson the hard way but he’s fine. And he has an arrowhead to show for it. And what’s that? Another stone is starting to be revealed in the rock! Found a nice chunk of green Aventurine! More chiseling reveals a cool piece of Chalcedony and Amethyst. A fun project for learning about rock hunting, chiseling, and patience 🙂

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  1. That is cool! A really cool place to go is just outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas at Crater of Diamonds State Park where you can have a hands-on experience of finding diamonds (of course) and other gems/semiprecious gems and rocks. You get to KEEP what you find.

    Also, on the other side of town is KADOHA, a 1000 year old mound village where you can walk through and see replica displays of burial/ceremonial mounds, walk through a museum/gift shop, and find replica arrowheads, gems, fossils in a plowed field. Great family fun.

    Both these places are just 4 1/2 hours from the DFW metro and makes a great weekend trip. You can camp at the state park (reservations recommended) or stay at a hotel/bed and breakfast in or near Murfreesboro.

    And with that, I should have just written a post. Apologies for yet again another long comment courtesy of Yours Truly.