22.7.19

National Geographic Mini Dig Kits Review


We're into our penultimate month as Bandai STEM Ambassadors now and today it's time to show off our 5th package from them. You can look back to our Bandai STEM kits reviews if want to see our past posts about this range and everything we have done with them. 

This month Bandai have sent us some more of their STEM educational kits for review, this time being the Mini Dig Kits, which I must say, were a favourite for T to get stuck in to. I mean, anything that creates mess, dust and lets you dig, dig, dig, gets a thumbs up from him.


There's a genuine specimen in each kit, differing depending on which kit you choose. You can excavate the soft dig brick material to find the specimen inside. And you also get  mini booklet which include educational content about the brick and the specimen you received. 

There are 5 kits to collect, Dino Poop, Shark Tooth, Treasure, Fool’s Gold and Gemstone, we were sent the first 3 of these to try out. Each kits contains a genuine specimen in the digging brick and a digging tool. 


The instructions are easy, use the digging tool to excavate the brick and find the item hidden inside. You can use a little water to help loosen the brick, but we didn't need to. Just the digging tool and a lot of patience were required. 

The National Geographic Treasure mini dig kit was the first brick we broke in to. You have to be careful because even though it does take some time to get into the centre of the kit, you can damage the specimen that inside if you get too heavy handed with them. 


Inside this one was a nice chunk of pyrite which looks a little dull at first, but a quick rinse with water and it's bright an shining. I can really see why this is known as 'fools gold' as this shine could really make you think it's gold when shining in a mine. 

The Shark Tooth mini dig kit was one the boys really couldn't wait to get in to. They already have a dino tooth from a previous kit review, and wanted to see how much a shark one differed. And they were really shocked. They're serrated on the edges, we could really see why they are such a feared animal. 


Unfortunately, T did manage to catch the edge of the tooth slightly with his digging took whilst excavating and broke a little part off it. Luckily, this wasn't the main part of the tooth so is unnoticeable, but it does show how easily these fossils can become damaged if you're not careful. 

Lastly, is the National Geographic Dino Poop mini dig kit. You can excavate a fossil called coprolite that was actually formed from the remains of prehistoric dinosaur dung. Now it comes shaped as a poop brick, but this didn't stop the kids from wanting to get right into finding the specimen. 


I personally love these mini dig kits for kits. They are the ideal size for travelling, and can easily be popped into the case to give them kids a little STEM education whilst away. Great for great for birthday presents, or things to do during the summer when your kids are getting a little stir crazy, and great for learning too whilst the kids are off school for so long. 


63 comments:

  1. Great fun - PERFECT for the long summer hols

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  2. These are great fun x

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  3. That's fab for kids to keep them entertained x

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  4. Those look like great fun and interesting

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  5. These look a really fun way to learn!

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  6. These look like great fun for kids.

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  7. Great for the summer holidays

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  8. Awesome, I have so much I want to buy on Amazon

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  9. My children would really enjoy doing this

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  10. What fun they are. We would all enjoy these.

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  11. Lucy18:01

    Looks like good fun

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  12. These look fun. I'm sure my son would love the fossilised dinosaur poop.

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  13. These sets look great fun!

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  14. These look great and educational.

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  15. this looks like something my nephew would love

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  16. I can't subscribe to your newsletter as my internet security flags it

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  17. fascinating for the youngsters

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  18. These sets look great fun!

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  19. What a great idea.

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  20. My son would love these!

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  21. My grandson would enjoy these.

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  22. id love to win to treat my daughter

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  23. These look amazing. Would definitely get one for my sister (9yo)

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  24. They look great educational fun.

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  25. looks great fun great for summer hols

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  26. They look fun. My kids would enjoy them too.

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  27. Great idea for the young kids during summer holidays/half term

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  28. Thanks for this comp

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  29. I love kid's toys that have an educational element to them!

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  30. They look interesting!

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  31. This is just the sort of thing my grandson loves, great idea for his birthday

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  32. chloe ellis16:26

    looks great!

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  33. if i won the voucher i'd save it for christmas

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  34. Great blog =- lots of interesting facts and ideas

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  35. These look like an invaluable tool for learning.

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  36. The grandchildren would be overjoyed with these little marvels.

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  37. Great little things for those boring rainy days.

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  38. I'd love to win for one of my grandchildren

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  39. These look interesting

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  40. JenniCatts21:10

    My son would love these!

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  41. my son would ador these xx

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  42. Troy Easton17:59

    These's look so cool.

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  43. My kids absolutely love the Dino Dig

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  44. This looks great fun

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  45. This looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. My nephew's going through such an inquisitive phase. He'd love this.

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  47. We're learning about dinos at the moment so this would be perfect :)

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  48. This would be a lovely treat :)

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  49. this would be lovely for my son

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  50. This looks like lot of fun, my youngest boy would love it

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  51. They look like great fun to do

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  52. These look great.

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  53. They look really interesting, my little lady would love them

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  54. Really interesting and educational too.

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  55. looks like fun

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  56. Great kits - my daughter loves hunting for fossils!

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  57. I would put it towards a bouncer/chair for my house for my 5 week old granddaughter. I'd just sold the one I had for my other granddaughter, and then my daughter announced she was pregnant again

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  58. Claudia Carroll21:43

    Great for Christmas presents!

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  59. This looks great. It's something my nephew would enjoy.

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  60. Always great to have new toys

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