The Bottom Line
- Contains everything except water.
- Materials are safe.
- Includes educational material about crystals.
- Containers are re-usable for growing your own crystals.
- Instructions can be confusing and complicated.
- Hard to duplicate the appearance of the crystals shown on the box.
- Designed for ages 10 and up. Younger kids can enjoy this kit but will need adult supervision.
- Contains everything you need to grow beautiful crystals except hot water.
- You can keep and display the crystals that you make.
Guide Review - NSI Smithsonian Crystal Growing Kit
When you get the kit, read the through the instructions before starting any crystals. Some instructions will tell you to use materials from another project, so while they aren't sequential, you need to be aware of how all the chemicals get used. Otherwise, there is a decent chance you'll accidentally use all of a chemical for one project that you should have split between 2-3 projects. Just read the directions and you'll be fine.
Most of the crystals you grow will turn out looking almost exactly like the pictures of the crystals on the box (pretty!), but I have had trouble duplicating the emerald, citrine, and aquamarine crystals (all the same type of crystal, just different colors). The color and shape of the crystals is the same, but they don't stick to the rock and radiate outward. You should expect the appearance of your crystals to vary somewhat from the photos.
The safety goggles that come in the kit are too small for just about any kid, but the mixing cup and growing containers are useful and can be saved after you complete the projects in the kit for growing crystals from household chemicals.