If your kids love dinosaurs, check out the National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig Kit. We were recently gifted a pack to review this educational range.
It’s an innovative science kit which involves kids excavating dinosaur fossils from a dig block. It’s a great gift to let your kids play paleontologist.
The best thing about this kit is that the fossils are real specimens that the kids are digging for. How cool is that?
The specimens include:
- Mosasaur tooth
- Dino bone
- Dino poop (yes, you read that right!)
The kit includes:
- A dig brick decorated with a dinosaur head
- 2 excavation tools
- 1 magnifying glass
- A learning guide
- Old clothes as they will get dusty
- An area to work in where you won’t mind getting dust everywhere like outdoors or inside area with old newspaper
- A tray or plastic plate on which you can excavate the brick
- Water in case you need to soften the brick
The fun begins with the excavation when kids use the tool to start in on the block. Kids will need to be patient to chip away at the block. It can be a challenge to find dinosaur fossils! However, once they find something, it’s excitement all around. Then it becomes an operation to carefully extract the fossils, clean them up and identify what it is.
The 12 page full colour learning guide provides detailed information about dinosaurs and fossils. When kids finally have their fossils, they can learn more about them.
The Dino Fossil Dig Kit is targeted for kids 8+ and it’s an activity they can do independently. However, if you have younger kids who are dino mad, it would be a good kit for parents and kids to work on together. Count on an hour or two to excavate the fossils – longer if you have trouble finding them.
In terms of education value, this STEM science kit delivers. This kit combines education with entertainment by replicating the experience of working on a dig. It’s fun and and messy and kids get to complete a hands-on excavation activity while learning about paleontology. The bonus is that they’re searching for actual dinosaur fossils, not just replicas. This will hopefully inspire further research into dinosaurs.
Kid verdict (age 9): “It’s a great way to learn about the time before Homo Sapiens and actually dig up some real dinosaur fossils just like an actual paleontologist”.
The Dino Fossil Dig Kit is $25rrp. Selected kits available at Australia Geographic, David Jones, Myer, Kidstuff, Toymate and all good toy retailers.
Disclosure: Newy with Kids received a National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig Kit for review purposes. All opinions are our own.
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