This month’s review as Bandai STEM Ambassadors is one of my favourite kits and there are five kits to collect: Dino Poop, Fool’s Gold, Gemstone, Shark Tooth and Treasure. These mini dig kits might come in a small package but they have everything you need to learn and to excavate. Also, what I like about these kits is that they provide genuine items and not those cheap copies that you sometimes find.
In case you didn’t know about the range of National Geographic kits, we have reviewed quite a few of them, like the Gemstone & Shark Tooth, Geode, Build Your Own Volcano and Growing Crystal & Sea Monkeys. Do check out our reviews! National Geographic makes a huge range of STEM sets which allow your child/children to explore, create and discover something amazing about the natural world! There is so much out there for us to discover and learn about our amazing world!
Inside each kit, it comes with a genuine item and a digging tool. We have received the Dino Poop, Shark Tooth and Treasure. My children were not that keen on the Dino Poop as they didn’t want to excavate poop! Nevertheless, they were each armed with their favourite kit and started excavating!
Before we excavated, we made sure that any surfaces were well protected from the brick dust and had our tools within reach. As an extra precaution, you might want to get your child to wear eye goggles.
We didn’t need to use any water to soften the brick as it was quite easy to chip off. As usual, Mr K managed to break the shark tooth apart while excavating. Nevertheless, it was easy to glue it and you can hardly notice it. He is delighted with the result and happy to add it to his collection.
Ms C is more patience than Mr K and she managed to excavate the pyrite in one piece. We then rinsed it with water. This is such a pretty shiny crystal and great for display. And that left me with the Dino Poop to excavate. It comes in a poop-shaped brick and hidden inside coprolites. Coprolites don’t look very appealing at all but at least it gave us hints about how extinct animals behaved.
These mini dig kits are great for birthday presents, things to do during the summer and great for learning too! I would highly recommend them! There are five kits available to buy from good retailers, online and Amazon. For more information, please visit www.bandai.co.uk.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own. We are a Bandai STEM ambassador.