Panning for Gold Play Kit




About: I am a DIY enthusiast and first time mom living in Los Angeles who really just loves making and baking things for my family on a budget.

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!



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    4 years ago

    Lol - no cat here! @joshcube, you read my mind, I made some Dino bones with salt dough. And also made "ancient" pottery for other kits :)

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very cute. You could easily adapt this to a fossil search kit too.

    I would be careful about leaving this out if you own a cat though. lol


    4 years ago

    What a great and simple idea!! Thanks for sharing