Have you ever been to a scratch patch? Here in the United States they're virtually unheard of. In fact, I'd never seen one until Earth's Minerals Scratch Patch opened in a nearby neighborhood. The floor is covered in polished rocks, making it a dream come true for kids who are young enough to have rock collections (and old enough to know rocks don't belong in your mouth no matter how pretty they are). Kids can spend as much time as they want investigating, searching for favorite stones, and using an identification chart to find out the name of each gemstone. Before they leave, each child gets to fill a small bag with their favorite finds.
According to the owners, scratch patches are common in South Africa. Has anyone ever seen one anywhere else? What other fun kids activities do have you seen in other countries that are difficult to find in the US?Related Links
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