Oh my heavens were the kids excited to see the Dino Dig Velociraptor kit show up at our house today! The awesome folks at Educational Insights sent it for our review, and I was begged daily to let them try it out. I wanted to wait for a nice day out before starting since it looked like it might be messy.



It was a good plan.

It was messy.

Very messy.

And very FUN!

The GeoSafari Dino Dig kits come with everything you need to perform a “life like” excavation of dinosaur fossils. Each kit includes fossils encased in a clay block, an excavation tool, a brush, and a wax block (used to hold the fossil pieces together once completed), and a detailed instruction booklet with more ideas and information. (Just as a side note, these books are written with a secular world view)



I was actually amazed at how long my kids sat and worked on this kit. They were even taking turns which is a miracle! Honestly I was a little concerned that we only received one kit, but as you can see below, they were working as a team. Strawberry Shortcake was digging, Tinkerbell was brushing off the dust, and Turbo was holding the block. Then they swapped duties so everyone could have a turn. Seriously…amazing.



At first I thought they’d lose interest because the block was so big, but OH NO!! Those smart folks at GeoSafari put a few bones right at the top of the block so they had almost instant gratification as they dug. Each time they uncovered a new bone I heard squeeling followed by calls to me to see what they’d discovered.




Each bone was brought in so I could see them. As you can see the kids started getting dustier and dustier…did I mention you want to do this outside?


And our finished product:



Here are the details:

Each kit costs about $20, and takes about 2 hours to uncover all the bones. That’s right parents, two hours of uninterrupted alone time! Well a few interruptions due to all the excitement, but still…

They offer Velociraptors, Tyrannosaurus Rex & Triceratops & Stegosaurus


Would you like more information? Stop by and visit Educational Insights, make sure to let them know Erica @ Confessions sent you over!


So you KNOW I am going to offer one of these kits to you today!

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Disclosure: I was provided with a free GeoSafari® Dino Dig for review on my blog. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.


  1. Oh this looks like so much fun. My kids love anything science related, and I always try to keep a few things stocked in our science tub to do when they need some creative learning fun and I need a few moments myself. So this would be great to add to our tub, and since it is finally getting cool enough here to do things outside this would be perfect timing for this fun and messy dig.

  2. I purchased a similar product for a nephew many years ago and he was so very thrilled with receiving it. I went to visit not long after and he proudly showed me his creation. His mum took me aside and told me that he was so impatient that he couldn’t get to it in 5 mins that he had ended up picking up the block and throwing it on the concrete to get the pieces quicker. I kindly suggested a career in paleontology logy may not suit him. My own little girls love these too and thankfully were patient!


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