I bought Elliot a little gem mining kit for his birthday way back in June, stuck it in a closet and promptly forgot about it. It tumbled off the shelf earlier this week so we set up a mining operation on the front porch. He loved beating the plaster block to pieces, but our finds were rather unimpressive. Eleven tiny, tiny little pebbles, barely big enough to be able to identify using the little chart included. The kids didn't seem to mind though!
Randy bravely helped out, and toughed out having his fingers whacked repeatedly!