Paleontologist Starter Kit

  1. Grades K-2
  2. Grades 3-5


Discover the ins-and-outs of a career in paleontology! Use tools to excavate bones just like a real paleontologist, then make detailed fossil impressions with a set of mini dinosaurs. Read about the geologic timescale, how fossils are formed, and hang up a poster featuring fun facts and dazzling dinosaurs. Ready to dig in?

Why it’s awesome

  1. Dig into dinos

    What’s inside? Excavate the dino bones and find out!

  2. Hands-on science

    Work with a real chisel, hammer, and mold-making material.

  3. Colossal fossils

    Discover some amazing prehistoric creatures.

What’s included?

  • excavation block (with bones inside!)

  • mallet

  • chisel

  • brush

  • mess mat

  • air-dry clay 1 oz (28 g)

  • 3 modeling clay packs, each 3 oz (85 g)

  • 3 plaster of Paris packs, each 2 oz (56 g)

  • bone identification sheet

  • support piece

  • 6 paper cups

  • 5 stir sticks

  • 3 mini dinosaurs

  • brown paint 1 fl oz (30 mL)

  • scoop

  • poster

  • 2 illustrated instruction booklets

  • folder of paleontologist information

Topics explored

  1. Prehistoric creatures

  2. Fossil formation

  3. STEM professions

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

We knew we HAD to have a dino dig! We're really happy with how it turned out. This is one of my all-time favorite crates.

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Number of T. rexes excavated


Real-life paleontologists interviewed

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