One of the things that my son is really interested in right now is dinosaurs. Thanks to the show Dino Dan, he now knows more about dinosaurs than I ever learned about them . . . and that’s a good thing, right? Well kinda. Because the problem is he asks me questions I can’t answer.
So of course I jump on the Internet to start finding information on dinosaurs that a 3 year-old can understand. I already mentioned Dino Dan (I actually like the show & Nick Jr.’s page on him is great!), but I wanted more. And that’s when I stumbled across the Thames & Kosmos site.
Thames & Kosmos has been around for about 10 years, and their mission is to improve informal science education by creating high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. They place emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and include comprehensive reading materials with each kit.
Clearly my son is too young for this dinosaur kit. This kit is for children 8 years and older. Everything included in the kit will help your kids build a model skeleton of a brachiosaurus, stegosaurus, pterosaurs, or triceratops, all while learning interesting facts about each dinosaur.
Here’s how it works: Your kids will first model the process of fossilization by burying the dinosaur bones in layers of plaster “rock.” Then, they excavate the bones from the plaster using the tools and techniques of paleontologists. After they dig the bones out, they assemble them into a complete skeleton.
Not only that, but materials are included for them to read aboutÃ‚Â how fossils form, how paleontologists excavate them, and how dinosaur bones are pieced together to form complete skeletons. And the kit is only $13.95.
I love this site and have found many interesting kits that I think my son will really enjoy in another year or two. Would your kids be interested in the site?