~I received a Gold Rush Panning Kit for the purpose of review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
With Father’s Day just around the corner I have been searching high and low for unique gifts for Dad’s. The Gold Rush Panning Kit is one of my absolute favorites this year for it’s originality, family fun and educational value! It’s a great gift for the kids to give to Dad or Grandpa and have a wonderful reason to spend time together.
My family had the opportunity to test it out and the first thing we learned was that it was a bit more difficult sifting than we thought! In the movies it always seems as though they shift the pan back and forth and Eureka! It actually requires a bit more work than that. Prior to starting, make sure to watch the informational video.
Although it was a little more tricky, it really brought us all together to help out. My husband was in charge of sifting and my youngest was the ‘gold spotter’. I thought it was a true testament to how enjoyable the activity can be for a family when my Teen (who generally finds us boring now) was really excited to see what was going on!
My husband and I took turns sifting. You have to first take out all the big rocks and then slowly shift the water around on the grooved side of the bowl into a bucket. Gold is heavier than the dirt, so it falls to the bottom with the black sand and then you sift through it.
There weren’t any large pieces of gold, but we’ve been finding a lot of flakes! It requires the use of tweezers to get the flakes out and we made sure to sift through a few times to make sure we got everything. So far this is our find! Obviously the rock is not gold, but my Tot really likes to pretend it is. 🙂
You can purchase single bags and even a scale once you start really getting into it. The kids already want another bag and my husband (who has been an Indian artifact finder since he was young) had a lot of fun doing something new! It was something neither of us had ever heard of being able to do right at home and I think it would make the perfect surprise gift for any Dad or Grandpa!
You can find more information about the Gold Rush Panning Kit by visiting the shop. You can also enter to win a 1oz. Gold Nugget! And don’t forget to follow along with the real gold hunters on Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush!