Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mernilicious Fun for the price!
My 8 year old girl requested a dinosaur themed birthday. Seven boys & girls attended so we needed activities to do. This was the one my daughter was the most excited about but the only one we did not finish during the party. Pros: we received a variety of kits so that each child got their own Dino; the tools held up; and the activity kept everyone's attention. Cons: very dusty (at least I read other reviews and had everyone work on top of an old sheet on the floor... They had an authentic anthropologist within minutes); I should have planned for more time (I budgeted 15 min but all the kids needed double that); and you can not excavate the skeleton intact (but the kids seemed perfectly happy with their own pile of bones).
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lauquan Great Gift idea
Just the idea of viewing your effort displayed, good for the science lovers.
November 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Deedlebugs Small, but fun
We used these to begin the lesson block on dinosaurs. It also was a prelude to dissection and the high level of care to use in the labs.
September 12, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Greece78 Missing Pieces
After digging we found that there were missing bones. It requires you to glue the dinosaurs together (glue not included), which is nearly impossible. It was also messier than I thought it would be. The bones are also very fragile and we ended up breaking a couple.
May 16, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by happy2lips All of the kits are the same
I bought this for my budding 7 year old granddaughter paleontologist, thinking that there would be a different dinosaur in each kit. Not true. If I had been buying this for a classroom, it would have been just fine to have the same dinosaur in each kit. However, that was not the case. I really thought, from the description, that there would be different dinosaurs. Someone should redo the description.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Patrioticteacher My third graders got a taste of paleontology
I wanted my third graders to get a feel for what a paleontologist does and a few of the character traits necessary for that career. They each had their own set of dinosaur bones to excavate, and they loved it. They were even carving out bones into their recess time, and one student proclaimed, "I don't care. This is better than recess!" It was fun listening in on their conversations... "A skull! I just uncovered the skull!" "What is this? Wait, I think it's a leg bone!" Prepare for messy-dusty. There's lots of powder by the time they've unearthed a whole dinosaur. My mini-scientists wore lab aprons and carved away on large paper plates to try to contain some of the dust.
May 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mlaw Fun but time consuming
I had about nine 10 yr olds in my class learning about dinosaurs. They loved the idea of digging for fossils. This did take them more time than I thought. Only 1 child did it in about 40 min the rest have taken about 90 min. I also recommend telling then to only dig from the top not the bottom. The majority of the bones are in the center of the top of the brick.
This is a great way to practice what realyl happens when digging for fossils b/c if they dig too fast or too hard they can break the pieces. You will also want to have a vacuum ready, it makes a lot of dust.
We loved the variety of dinosaurs in each package. Once we uncovered them we washed them and then I used a glue gun to put them together.
October 25, 2012