Friday, 12 December 2014

Prehistoric Fun with Science X

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Ravensburger have bought out a fabulous Science kit aimed at young scientists aged 8 and over. This big piece of kit is the Science X Prehistoric Excavation Kit and contains lots of fun experiments and projects all to do with dinosaurs. It’s sure to get young ones asking “how do I get to be a palaeontologist”

Inside the box is all the gear they need for lots of amazing projects. For some of them we found we do need a few odd household items too such as a box, tape or some glue.

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The science kit comes with a very useful manual which not only tells you how to do each experiment but also explains lots of facts about the dinosaur age.

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Inside the box is 1 ammonite, 1 Excavation Block, 1 Excavation Tool. 1 Thermometer, 1 Magnifying Glass, Plaster Powder, Triops Eggs, Triops Food, Triops sand, 1 Meganeura Model, 1 time line, 5 Plaster forms, 1 triops basin, 1 T-Rex model and instructions. There are 15 different things to do so the kit will last a while.
Some of f experiments involve putting together a giant dragonfly and a deadly T-Rex using the included parts.

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The models can then be proudly kept on display.
A few experiments involve making plaster creations from a Trilobite mould and plaster of Paris. Once the plaster moulds are made, further experiments can be done using these.
In Ryan’s kit was a piece of Ammonite.
Ammonite is an invertebrate with spiral chambers on it’s shell. It started during the Carboniferous (360 million years ago) and is therefore certainly an old slice of history.

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Using the included magnifying glass, Ryan is able to look at the ammonite in detail.
Ryan enjoyed doing the Excavation block. Using the excavation tool he quickly dug away at the block to reveal his buried dinosaur.

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Inside the block was a mini Stegosaurus.
The biggest experiment in the kit is Triops. Ryan had Triops last year and enjoyed growing them and watching them get bigger. It’s amazing how they come to life and quite surprising how big they can grow.


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Inside this set is a plastic tank plus triop eggs, food, sand and a thermometer. We find the best water to use for Triops is cooled boiled from the kettle and find they are best placed near the window for sun light. They generally last about a month or so and usually end up with maybe 3 big ones surviving longest.

The Prehistoric Expedition provides hours of fun whilst learning. Even I learnt a few fun dinosaur facts whilst helping Ryan.

The kit can be purchased from Amazon at a reduced price of £26.72.

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