By Julie Terrone, Contributing Editor —
Have you ever want to pan for gold? While you can’t just run back in time to the Gold Rush, there is a kit that allows you to do just that! Based on Discovery Channel’s highest-rated series called GOLD RUSH, there is a kit which includes a REAL PAY DIRT GUARANTEE! The Pay Dirt Gold company has created a fun panning kit which includes a certificate of authenticity, 1lb bag of pay dirt, a glass vile to hold your gold, a 12″ pan and a snuffer bottle for those little pieces you have to suck up to collect. Most kits contain small amounts gold, while others may have up to $500 worth of gold hidden inside. The kit is designed to bring individuals a unique experience panning for gold from the comfort of their own homes.
Now finding that gold is up to you. And what a challenge it was. My 6 year old and 8 year old could not wait to open the box and try. This summer my kids were introduced to panning (for gems) at HC Mining Company in the Catskills. Using that experience, they knew what to do and were now looking forward to panning for their own gold. After watching the “How to Pan for Gold” video on www.paydirtgold.com, (which is the most important part of the whole activity to ensure you have the best chance of finding gold) the 3 of us followed the instructions and were anxious to start. We each took turns panning and and removing the larger pieces of rock.
After numerous water changes and pan shaking, we were getting close to some pay dirt. My son remembered what the video said about the black sand being heavy, like the pieces of gold and was so excited to eventually discover a small flake of gold. All three of us found small flakes of gold. We only used half the bag this time around, so hopefully we find more pieces next time. It was a great, exciting activity for my kids and I, yet I became obsessed with finding more after the kids had their fill. I highly recommend it for a unique gift for anyone who is up for a challenge.
We have watched the Gold Rush show before we got the kit, so that made the kids more excited and “into” the activity. You don’t need to see the show to use the kit though. However, if you have never seen it, try to tune in! Currently in season four and #1 on cable Friday nights for both men and women, new episodes air Fridays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.
What a great gift idea. Children, adults and even grandparents will have fun with this kit. It is a great way to get the family doing a fun activity together.
These items are available for purchase:
GOLD RUSH Panning Kit $39.95
2lb Bag of Pay Dirt $29.95
go to www.payDirt Gold.com for more information
I received one GOLD RUSH panning kit to sample for this review and I thoroughly enjoyed trying this kit out.