My son has played with a few of these kits in the past, and he absolutely LOVES them. This one, Dinosaur Skeleton Excavation Kit: Velociraptor, is made by 4M Kidz Labs, and it was exactly what my son was hoping it would be…. a plastic dinosaur skeleton hidden in a block of plaster. The kit came with a plastic digging tool and a brush. In his excavation today, my son also used some tools he already had from other kits, such as the safety goggles and a small wooden hammer. It took my five-year-old about two hours of focused play (scraping, chiseling, light hammering, brushing) to completely remove the “bones” from the block, and he enjoyed every moment. I realize these might not be for every kid, but my son can’t get enough of this kind of science kit. He’s already asking for another!
After the bones have been completely removed from the plaster block, the child can assemble the skeleton to create a Velociraptor model. We’ll do that another day… or maybe not. My son likes to bury the bones in the dirt in our backyard, so he can “discover” them again (and again).
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Note: I purchased this as an activity for my son and was not compensated in any way to write about the product.