Callum is now at that age where he is incredibly hard to buy toys and presents for. However when we were sent the Ravensburger Science Maxi Prehistoric Expedition set he was both impressed and keen to get stuck in.
The kit comes with everything you need to excavate a mini Stegosaurus Skeleton, breed your own triops, construct a giant dragonfly, build a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and create your own fossils plus lots more, so plenty of things to keep young scientists busy.
In the box you will find everything you need. There is:
- 1 Ammonite
- 1 Excavation Block and Excavation Tool
- 1 Thermometer and 1 Magnifying Glass
- Triops Eggs and Triops Food, Triops sand and a basin to keep them in
- 1 Meganeura Model
- 1 time line
- 5 Plaster forms and Plaster Powder,
- 1 T-Rex model
- Instructions booklet
I love that the instruction booklet is full of interesting facts about prehistoric life. With each activity there is a paragraph explaining what / where / how the creature or animal lived and there is always a question asked so that your child can learn extra information.
One of the activities included in the kit that we didn’t get a chance to try for ourselves was the hatch your own Triops activity. For this you need somewhere safe and flat as the tray provided to hatch and keep your Triops is quite big and we have nowhere with enough space for this (the joys of children and their never ending supply of toys / clothes on every available space) so this is an activity that Callum will be taking to Grandma’s house in the school holidays. We are also planning on sending the plaster and moulds to Grandmas too so she can help Callum make and paint the fossils. She loves all things crafty and is a dab hand at this. It also allows Callum some quality time with his Grandma.
The last activity that we did together was to make the giant dragonfly. This was pretty fiddly and Callum needed my help to glue the wings into place. Once we left it to dry for a while we were both pretty impressed with the results.
Overall I was very impressed with this set. It is perfect to buy for a birthday present and will keep any young dinosaur or science fan busy for a few hours or over a few weeks. The activities are ideal to do when the weather isn’t so nice.
*I did not receive a financial payment for writing this review. However, I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this piece are my own*