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Frugal Fun: Gem and Rock Collecting

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, December 17, 2023 | 0 comments
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Image: Sandbox by Chris McCorkle on Flickr
I wanted to share something with you guys that I did when my boys were little.

For those of you with little gem and rock collectors, I think you will love this!

I took a small plastic kids pool and filled it about half full of sand from a local gravel pit. You could even use an under-the-bed storage bin for indoors!

I bought some awesome little gems from Walmart for under a dollar (small gems of different colors and sizes). Other ideas are pirate coins, geodes with gems inside, or dinosaur eggs.

Image: G and F JustForKids Water Pail with Tool Set
I got some kids gardening tools to help them dig.

Put a small portion of the gems in the sand and stir them in, and the kids can have treasure and gem hunts all summer.

Even the grown kids have been seen looking in the sand.

Awesome fun for all, and it wasn't very expensive.

SAFETY NOTE: This frugal fun tip is meant for over 3 years old. If your child is the type to still put everything in their mouth, best to wait till after 5 years old.

This wonderful frugal tip came from Gladys Smith!

Pack Of 200pcs Large Acrylic Jewels Gems For Kids Collage and Card Crafts Making
Walmart Shopping Suggestions:
Gems for under a dollar
200Pcs Plastic Gems/ Small Stones
under-the-bed storage bin
Backyard Safari Hat and Vest
Pirate Treasure Hunt Coins
Kids Gardening Tools
Dino Eggs Dig Kit

Amazon Shopping Suggestions:
Summit Backyard Safari Field Tools
Backyard Safari Cargo Vest
Backyard Safari Hat
500 Pirate Gold Coins and Gems
Break Your Own Geodes

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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