Here is a very easy and inexpensive panning for gold kit to make for your kids for pretend play.
Step 1: Supplies
Only a few supplies are needed:
I used small rocks from our patio. Make sure to wash them. A plastic dishpan and sand toys from the dollar store (Dollar Tree), play sand (50lb bag for $5) and gold metallic spray paint (Rust-Oleum) from the Home Depot (The Home Depot).
Step 2: Gold Nuggets
Wash, dry and spray paint your rocks.
Step 3: Sand Bin
Fill your plastic bin with play sand.
Step 4: Add the Gold Nuggets
Spread the "gold nuggets" on to the sand bin.
Step 5: Hide the Gold Nuggets
Using your sand toys, cover the "gold nuggets."
Step 6: Time to Search for Gold
Have your child use their sand toys to search for "gold nuggets."
Step 7: Struck Gold
Watch you child have fun as they strike gold!