In this post, we look at the National Geographic Crystal Garden set that we were sent to review for British Science Week. We will also be reviewing the Gemstone Dig Kit, the Dino Fossil Dig Kit, and the Shark Tooth Mini Dig Kit.
The Crystal Garden Set
With this National Geographic set you can colour in trees and watch them grow crystals. Combining both an art project and a science experiment.
Use the supplied coloured markers to design the colour of your trees. The crystal growing liquid will transform your trees into a crystal garden. This National Geographic kit is a perfect hands-on STEM educational toy.
What Will You Find Inside The Box?
- 5 washable markers
- 1 instruction manual
- 2 cardboard trees, one Cherry Tree and one Evergreen Tree
- 2 tree bases
- 1 Geode specimen
- 2 packs of crystal growing liquid
- A full-color crystal garden learning guide
Our Crystal Garden Experience
We started off creating our crystal garden by colouring in the trees.
Whatever colour you choose is the colour that your crystals will form into. Little E went for a multi-coloured design.
With the trees coloured and designed it was time to prepare the trees for crystal growing. To do this you must separate the tips of the trees to form branches. Slide both sections of the tree together and place them on the tree base.
With the trees ready it was time to create our garden. To help the crystals grow, place them in an area where no one can disturb them. Carefully pour a small amount of the crystal growing liquid over the top of the trees. Pour the remaining liquid into the tree base.
In approximately 30 minutes crystals will begin to form on the trees. In 6 to 8 hours the trees should be in full bloom.
Growing The Crystal Cherry Tree
Growing The Evergreen Tree
Our Thoughts On This National Geographic Kit
The children really enjoyed designing their trees. They took the time to pick the colours they wanted to use making their own masterpieces. The crystal growing element caused great excitement, watching and waiting to see how the trees would grow and develop. I’m sure they would love to grow these trees again.
We love that a Geode specimen is also included in this set. This gives you something to keep when you are ready to part with your crystal trees.
DISCLOSURE – We were gifted the National Geographic Crystal Garden Kit for the purposes of this post. We always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences of the products.