Creative Play with Mining For Gems & Giveaway

by Pam on November 3, 2012

Around our house we love creative toys. If you do too enter the Mining for Gems giveaway to bring your little one some science fun.

A few years ago, when we had out-of-town company, the weather was simply perfect for a summer evening stroll, and we took a walk across the pasture to explore the creek bed. We dug around in the rocks a bit and wound with up with two fascinating finds to share with my sons- one small lump of Kentucky coal and another quarter sized rock specimen with a shell fossil embedded. From that point forward, my youngest son developed a keen fascination with rock collecting.

He still has the original two treasures that sparked his interest along with a number of special finds he has gathered while on vacation, at Mammoth Caves, and even a glow-in-the-dark rock set we found once at book fair. So, when I saw Discover with Dr. Cool’s amazing line of kits, I knew I’d found a learning toy that would be an immediate hit with my little guy!

In fact with digging kits, dinosaur kits, fossil kits, geodes, shark kits, volcanoes  insect kits and much more- There’s a Discover with Dr. Cool set suitable for every child on my holiday shopping list.

In particular, the Mine For Gems Science Kit stood out as it includes real gemstones, rocks, and minerals for the child to discover using digging tools and brushes.  I think the colors, sparkle, and intrigue of the rocks and gems in Mine For Gems will be a desirable addition to any rock collection or will offer a great start for a new passion.

The Mine For Gems Science Kit also includes a full-color identification guide with information about each of the stones, offering additional opportunities for learning and enhancing the child’s excavation journey.  (Personally, I simply love toys that promote learning while fueling or creating new passions for earth exploration!)

I also think the Discover with Dr. Cool sets would make super fun gifts for adults.  For example, the “Gold Nugget Dig Kit” or “Learn How to Pan For Gold Kit” would make great gifts for Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush or Bering Sea Gold fans. And the “6 Geode Starter Set” would delight any craft lover and certainly a college student who would appreciate some bling in their dorm room.

For more information on Discover with Dr. Cool kits, visit 


The Creative Moms Media group has teamed up to bring you the Hottest Toys of 2012 to put on your shopping list this holiday season.  Thanks to the generosity of Discover for Dr. Cool, one (1) reader will win a Discover with Dr. Cool Mine for Gems Science Kit!

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Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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freddie November 3, 2012 at 6:27 am

I think he would like the Discover Amber Earth Science Kit.


eclairre November 3, 2012 at 6:47 am

The amber earth science kit.


Mary November 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’m pretty sure my daughter would love the gem stone excavation set since she already collects pretty rocks she see’s.


debijackson November 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

amber earth science kit
pin as jacksondeb


Sandy VanHoey November 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

My grandson would love the Glow Rocks: Fluorescent Mineral Earth Science Kit, he even picks up every stone he can find if it’s a bit shiny


Anonymous November 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

My boys would love the Amber Earth kit.


Wild N Mild $$$ November 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I think he would like the Glow Rocks: Fluorescent Mineral Earth Science Kit.

Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com


Carrie Phelps November 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Definitely Mine For Gems!!


Yona Williams November 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

My nephew would love the Break Open Real Geodes-15 Geode Ultimate Kit


SueZH November 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I think my godson would like the Golden Nugget Dig.


Gianna November 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Dinosaur Excavation Kit.


Fawn November 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

My boys would love the Pan for Gold Kit
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8KidzForMe November 4, 2012 at 2:22 am

I think my kids would love the Glow Rocks: Fluorescent Mineral Earth Science Kit
~Sandra U.


Lori Thomas November 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

My son would like Golden Nugget Excavation Kit


Heather November 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Real Bug Excavation Kit


bison61 November 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Ocean Fossil Excavation Kit

tiramisu392 (at)


Gretta November 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Real Geodes Set

bamagv at aol dot com


nickieisis3 November 6, 2012 at 5:40 am

amber earth.


Anonymous November 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

i think panning for gold star95011atyahoodotcom


Pamela Wilson November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Break open real geodes kit looks fun


melanie e November 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The glow rocks set. Looks like fun.


Space Monkey November 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Well………….. I know two boys who would probably prefer the dino dig! But, I know ONE girl in particular who loves geology already, and this jewel dig would be just the thing! These are THE best sort of gifts for kids, trust me. They prefer them over any toys after a certain age. My grandkids have informed me of this! It is wonderful to hear them say “Gramma, YOUR presents are always the BEST”


Anonymous November 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Glow rock set


jenny Q November 7, 2012 at 2:54 am

My son likes collecting rocks so this gem one would be great, my daughter would probably prefer the ocean fossils one


kirsten perez November 7, 2012 at 4:13 am

the mining set


Helen Keeler November 7, 2012 at 5:15 am

Dorie would love the Real Bug Excavation Kit.


mogrill November 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

I like the dinosaur excavation kit.

Thanks for the chance.


Michelle November 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

the shark tooth excavation kit looks awesome!


katzkids by Kathy D. November 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The Pan For Gold kit would be my kids favorite.Thanks for the giveaway:)


Selinda November 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I think my son would love the Break Open Real Geodes-6 geode starter set!


selinda_mccumbers at


wigget November 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm

they’d love the Real Bug Excavation Kit


Tiffany Christie November 8, 2012 at 6:36 am

Break Open Real Geodes-6 geode starter set


katklaw777 November 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm
Michelle November 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My son would love the Ultimate Volcano Science Kit. Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com


Kelly H. November 10, 2012 at 3:41 am

The Golden Nugget Excavation Kit.


Heidi November 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I think my daughter would like the Learn How To Pan For Gold Kit!


smilekisses November 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Hard to pick, but I’d say they’d love the Glow Rocks: Fluorescent Mineral Earth Science Kit.


Lindsey M November 17, 2012 at 7:00 am

My son would love the geodes kit

sweepymummy at yahoo dot com


emeraldmaz November 18, 2012 at 1:43 am

amber earth


Stephanie Larison November 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

This is so cool! I bet my daughter would also love the Golden Nugget Excavation Kit


Suzanne Denys November 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

The Break Open Real Geodes


Yoga Mommy November 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

“6 Geode Starter Set”
toni marie caravello feimer
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Karen F November 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

With my boys (and the hubby) it would have to be the Ultimate Volcano Science Kit


Missy November 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Pan for gold set looks like a lot of fun


Jessica Rose November 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

The Break Open Real Geodes-15 Geode Ultimate Kit

ijessica_r at yahoo dot com


Unknown November 28, 2012 at 2:20 am

Glow Rocks: Fluorescent Mineral Earth Science Kit looks really cool!

sherri419 at gmail dot com


Sonya November 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

My daughter would love this!


Gennie Lancaster November 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

My daughter would love this so I would give it to her.


Erica Heft November 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I would gift this to my niece


Maryanne November 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

my son


Melissa Nix November 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

This will go to my little cousin.


Anastacia Russell November 30, 2012 at 12:27 am

My neighbor’s son


Kari Flores November 30, 2012 at 1:40 am

I will give it to my son, Perry.


Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 1:46 am

This would be perfect for my daughter.


Jammie Morey November 30, 2012 at 3:13 am

It would be for my daughter! sweepmorey at gmail dot com


Kendra Warstler November 30, 2012 at 4:18 am

I would give this to my son! He would love it.


Samii Alexxis November 30, 2012 at 5:09 am

This would be for the young girl I take care of, she loves rocks and gems.


Nicole Lancaster November 30, 2012 at 5:50 am

I would give to my daughter.She loves this kind of stuff.


mtbears819 November 30, 2012 at 6:51 am

I would gift this to my son


brich2222 November 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

would give to our son, the budding scientist!

brich22 at earthlink dot net


corey1971 November 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

This would be great for my son (Corey Olomon)


pauline15 November 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

This would be perfect for my son, he’s currently taking a mad science class and this would be a really fun addition for him!


Crunchy Con Mommy November 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

If I won, I’d give this toy to my son (well, we’d do it together!)


mary gardner November 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm

my grandson!

jagar0047 at yahoo dot com


kathy pease November 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

id give this to my son jordan


Jennafer211 November 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

My nephew would love this. Thanks!!


Jennifer Peaslee November 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I would gift this to my niece!


Stacey V November 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I’ll give it to my Dad to do with my niece.



Cheryl Reinhardt November 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I think I will gift it to myself, my husband bought me a rock polisher and this would go along great!


harolde November 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm

My granddaughter.


Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

My kids would also like the Break Open Real Geodes-15 Geode Ultimate Kit


Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

My son and daughter would love this.


Breanne November 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I’d give it to my niece


Chris Alejandro November 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I would give this to my little brother for sure. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com


Beth Palacios December 1, 2012 at 12:08 am

I have two daughters that would love this!


daveshir2005 December 1, 2012 at 12:50 am

I will give this to my niece

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tina page December 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

i would give it to my nephew
trixie420247 at yahoo dot com


brent slater December 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

my son would have a blast with this


W Shifflette December 1, 2012 at 2:23 am

My son would get the set if I won. He is my oldest and is into older things like this now.


Anonymous December 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

my 9 year old would get this wilcarvic


Anonymous December 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

My daughter would love it and that is who I would give it too.

Lisa Mc


ellie December 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

I would love to win this for my little grandson.


Emily Reviews December 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

I’d use it with my 8 year old nephew

littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m


Carole Ingram December 1, 2012 at 4:52 am

To my oldest daughter, she loves to “mine” for stuff all the time!


Soccer Mom December 1, 2012 at 4:52 am

my nephew


Sarah Yurga December 1, 2012 at 4:56 am

this will be for my daughter


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