The Dinosaur Digging Kit is a plaster mold of a dinosaur head containing three real fossils: dino dung, mosasaur tooth, and dinosaur bone. Also included is a digging tool, a brush, a plastic magnifying glass, an informative booklet, and a a dinosaur related activity booklet (word search, crossword puzzle, maze, etc).
My daughter was very excited about the Dino Dig Kit. Because we had experience with the Shark Teeth Digging Kit, she started digging at the front of the dinosaur head. Sure enough, we almost immediately found the dino poop and the dinosaur bone fossils. Even though it took time to excavate, knowing we had found something gave her incentive to keep digging.
As my daughter dug, I read her the booklet. It explains the advent of paleontology, how fossils are formed, what are coprolites (dino poop fossils), and a little about the mosasaur.
After we freed the bone and poop, we continued digging through the head. I nearly gave up at the end when we had gone through nearly the entire head, but the mosasaur tooth was near the back of the head. It was worth it. She is thrilled with her finds.
Keep in mind that this is a messy activity. Use a newspaper and do it outdoors. Also, I did help my daughter dig. It took us an hour between the two of us. If she did it herself, it would have taken much longer. I only wish the digging tool had a handle. After an hour of digging, my hand developed a small blister. Perhaps use a flathead screwdriver instead.
My daughter and I enjoyed the Dino Dig Kit. She gives it five stars. I highly recommend this kit as a gift, especially to children interested in dinosaurs. My daughter knows one such child in her class for which this kit would be a guaranteed hit. It’s absolutely wonderful — fun to do and highly educational.
This product was provided for review by Discover with Dr. Cool.