Let’s face it: Kids love digging, whether it’s in the sand at the beach, the sandbox at the park or in their own backyard. From digging up bones to finding rocks, kids are always on the hunt for buried treasure. Luckily, there are many kits that will help your children dig for treasure and connect with the past. In this list, we present the best fossil kits for kids, all of which are great for developing your child’s interest in history, science and geology and unearthing the fascinating root-based vocabulary that surrounds these topics.
This geode set features 10 premium geodes that will provide kids with fun for hours. If you have a child who loves the mystery and surprise of breaking geodes, then this set is perfect for them. The set includes goggles, a guide to help them learn about the geodes they’re breaking open and two display stands for their finds. If you have a budding scientist or geologist in your family, then this kit will be a treat for them. This all-natural set is recommended for children from 7 to 11 years old.
Any child who wants to feel like a real geologist will absolutely love this kit. It comes complete with everything they need to become a junior excavator. In addition to the 11 gemstones they’ll excavate, kids will get safety goggles, a wooden mallet and chisel, a magnifying glass, a streak plate and a paintbrush. Also included is an educational poster complete with all the instructions kids need to start digging. Set-up is relatively fast, taking around five minutes. The gemstones children will be digging for are the real deal, and include popular stones like turquoise and amethyst. This option is ideal for kids ages 12 and up.
What child doesn’t love dinosaurs? If you have a budding paleontologist in your home or even a child interested in archaeology, the National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit is a great way for them to get some practice for the future. They can unearth 15 real fossils including shark teeth, dinosaur bones and mosasaur teeth. The kit includes a magnifying glass, a large digging brick with 15 fossils hidden inside and a full-color learning guide. This kit is recommended for kids ages 8 to 12.
If your 6- to 12-year-old loves dinosaurs and science, the Discover with Dr. Cool Ultimate Dinosaur Dig kit is a great gift. Kids will have the thrill of digging up real dinosaur fossils, including dinosaur bones, a dinosaur tooth and even dinosaur poop. The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Children can put together a T. rex dinosaur model to display in their rooms, and the kit comes with an activity book that has tons of facts, puzzles and activities to keep them occupied for hours.
With the Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs kit, the fun doesn’t stop once children uncover the cool dinosaur models inside the “fossilized eggs.” This kit includes learning cards to teach children about the characteristics and history of the dinosaur they’ve uncovered. From the mighty Tyrannosaurus to the spiked Stegosaurus, there are 12 different dinosaurs to discover with this set. Meanwhile, as a STEM.org authenticated product, you can be assured your child is getting a quality learning experience. This kit is recommended for children ages 6 years old and up.
“Fossil kits are a wonderful way to introduce children to the excitement of geology and paleontology, along with the history that rocks and fossils contain. A fossil kit can be a great way to introduce the scientific method and help kids develop problem-solving skills.”
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