I am excited to be picked as a S.T.E.M Ambassador with BANDAI. I like my children to play with toys that teach children about science, technology, engineering and maths. Such an educational experience but enjoyable too. This month I was sent two National Geographic dig kits, but I will be showcasing over S.T.E.M toys over the coming months.
Firstly, it’s worth bearing in mind that these sets can get quite messy. I do recommend doing them outside, weather permitting of course! Also, if you have some safety goggles left over from an old science set it might be worthwhile wearing them. It’s quite dusty work digging for treasure and teeth! I think it was worse for us as it was very windy today. The dust was blowing everywhere.
Both the dig bricks looked great. It was almost a shame to dig into them. I have never seen dig bricks this impressive before. Each set came with the little tools you needed for a successful excavation project including a magnifying glass.
You can soften the brick with water if your struggling, but my two managed without doing this. I would prefer it was a bit of a challenge as it keeps them entertained for longer.
You must be careful removing your specimens. The shark teeth especially seemed quite delicate. It’s good practice learning to be patient and taking adequate time on your dig, just like a real paleontologist! My boys were so proud of their specimens when they finally uncovered them. Each set comes with a learning guide so you can learn more about your discoveries.
National Geographic Shark Dig Kit
My eldest learnt more about sharks, their teeth and fossils in his Shark Dig Kit. He was sad to read about the threats to sharks meaning that 90% of all large sharks have been wiped out. The shark facts and myths was very enlightening too. He thought it was crazy that your more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than a shark bite. Sharks get a lot of bad press but of the 500 species of sharks only 10 types have actually attacked humans.
The booklet also included information on the three types of teeth he discovered, Sand Tiger Shark, Crow Shark (extinct) and Otodus Obliquus (extinct). The Otodus Obliquus shark was around 45-60 million years ago, so he has a little bit of history to hang on to there!
National Geographic Gemstone Dig Kit
My youngest didn’t get an Amethyst in his gemstone set he had two Quartz instead. He didn’t seem to mind though as he is just glad to have more gemstones to add to his collection.
His learning guide was very informative too. It mentioned how gemstones are used, famous ones and the properties of the gemstones in the kit. Apparently, the tigers eye helps provide financial stability which could be useful in this family with how much my boys like to spend on sweets!
The sets are very reasonably priced in my opinion, with an RRP of around £10.