Dino Dig

My son loves dinosaurs and most all prehistoric creatures. He wants to be a paleontologist thanks to YouTube and Jurassic Park; yes, I know it is a questionable movie for his age but he loves it. I went exploring online a few months ago to find the right excavation kit for his age. Spoiler I didn’t find one. What I did find was one kit on Amazon and one at Target.

I found Dinosaur Eggs on Amazon for $22.85 in March 2020; it’s $19.99 as of date of posting. The box says it is not for 0-3 years old at all. The recommended age is 6+ years old. This kit includes 12 eggs with dinosaurs inside, 12 chisels, 4 brushes and 12 dinosaur information cards.

Pros:

  • Keeps him engaged
  • Helps develop patience
  • Interesting way to learn to use new tools
  • Variety of dinosaurs

Cons:

  • Hard to get dinosaur out without soaking in water or help from adult
  • Brushes are thin
  • Chisel is hard for him to use (longer chisel would be great)
  • Takes a long time to get the dinosaur out if you don’t soak it
Learning Guide looks just like the box cover above

The National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig Kit was found at Target but I do not recall the price. I did find the same kit on Amazon for $9.97 as of date of posting. This is not for children under 3 years old. The box recommends ages 8+ years old. The kit includes on T. Rex shaped brick with dino poop, mosasaur tooth and generic dino bone, 1 chisel, 1 brush, 1 magnifying glass and a learning guide.

Pros:

  • Exciting for all ages (namely me, I was excited…)
  • Easy to chip away with small amount of water poured over per instructions
  • Packaging doubles as a container for the dig brick which contains mess
  • Colorful
  • Brush and chisel easy for son to use without help
  • Learning guide was great even for my son who knows a decent amount about dinosaurs/ paleontology
Counter clockwise: Mosasaur tooth, poop and bone between brush and magnifying glass

Cons:

  • Only one brick
  • Not something a younger kid can continually play with

Overall both kits are great considering the price and contain learning guides/ cards for later reference. The Dinosaur Eggs kit is good for multiple kids and continued play since the eggs contain small dinosaur toys. The Nat Geo kit is good for a more dig like experience and has a magnifying glass that will definitely be fun to use for other experiments.