We’ve collected 8 of what we think are the best archaeology toys and reviewed them so you can easily choose from the winners to keep your children happily engaged in learning about archaeology.
Here they are: the best archaeology toys, reviewed for you!
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What are the best archaeology toys?
Here’s our list of the best archaeology toys for you to choose from:
- National Geographic Fool’s Dig Kit
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- Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex Archaeological Playset
- Meland Dino Eggs Dig Kit
- JOYIN Klever Kits Dino Egg Dig and Clay Kit
- Imhotep Builder of Egypt Family Board Game
- Artifacts Board Game
- National Geographic Rocks & Fossils Kit
National Geographic Fool’s Dig Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This excavation kit enables children to dig out genuine pyrite specimens from each gold bar-shaped dig brick. They learn about the Gold Rush and fool’s gold in the full-color learning guide that is included.
There is a set of 12 dig bricks and digging tools for children to play together as a group, so perfect for the classroom and for parties. The kit also encourages children to learn about earth science and gives them a hands-on experience of excavation and identifying rock specimens.
Each dig brick has 2-3 pyrite specimens hidden inside. The kit also includes 2 sets of brushes.
They also learn some of the history of the gold rush and gold exploration.
Users love that children enjoy this activity and that they are kept occupied for at least a good 20 minutes while digging! Messy but fun, and children love hearing the information in the book.
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4M Dig and Play Egyptian Tomb. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
We were impressed with how the fan that has been built-into this projector operates at a very low volume. Therefore, it’s awesome for classrooms where you want students to be able to focus without any noise distractions.
They’ve also implemented dual stereo speakers that include SRS sound. This is a great feature that lets you show videos to your class with high-quality sound.
Setting up and using the projector is also a breeze. All of the buttons that are available are easy to press to focus on teaching your class. Furthermore, there is a keystone that can be rotated to help you focus the projector properly.
The brightness and quality of the images that you’re able to put on display with this projector is fantastic. You’re provides with 2,200 lumens, which makes the images very bright and easy to see.
In addition to this, the projector can show you images at 1280 x 768. This is pretty great for a small classroom projector!
Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex Archaeological Playset. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
Children chip away at a sand block to discover dinosaur ‘fossils’ and then they snap the bones together to assemble a T-Rex replica. They learn about the evolution and extinction of dinosaurs, as well as archaeological skills, science, engineering and technology.
The kit comes with goggles, a sand block with T-Rex plastic ‘fossils’ inside, a wooden mallet, a wooden dowel, a brush, and a color poster with instructions.
Users love that this activity is suitable for middle school children of variable abilities, and that they all enjoy doing it. They also appreciate that the skeleton stands fairly well once assembled.
Meland Dino Eggs Dig Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This toy is a set of 12 eggs for children to dig into to unearth a dinosaur inside each one. It comes with 12 different dinosaurs, 12 brush/chisel tools, 4 dinosaur-themed mats, and 12 learning cards (one for each dinosaur).
Children will learn about the history of extinct species in the Jurassic time period, and get a taste of what it might be like to excavate as a budding archaeologist or paleontologist. They are encouraged to use their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, imagination, and independent thinking ability.
Each mat (23.2 x 16.5 inches) allows 1-3 children to dig into their eggs to encourage social interaction and play. The mat has a smooth surface for easy cleaning, and they help keep the floor or table clear.
There are two ways to break the dino eggs: children can soak the eggs in water for a few minutes to make the dinosaur easier to dig out, or they can sprinkle their eggs with a bit of water and dig more slowly. Sprinkling the eggs with water also helps prevent dust from flying around.
Perfect for parties and for the classroom!
JOYIN Klever Kits Dino Egg Dig and Clay Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This dino egg digging kit comes with 12 clay eggs with dinosaur fossils inside, 12 sets of excavation tools, 12 modeling clay packs, 12 PVC dinosaurs, 12 full-color collectible identification cards (one for each dinosaur), and an instruction manual.
Children will learn about digging and excavation as well as the names, characteristics, and history of different dinosaurs. They will be expressing their thoughts and ideas while learning about texture, shapes and forms and developing their hand-eye coordination.
Once the children have dug up their fossils and identified them to see which dinosaur they come from, they start with the skeleton and recreate their own dinosaurs by coating them in clay.
Users love that children play with this kit for hours with their friends. They also appreciate that the clay is soft and easy to mold, and that the kit is very educational.
Imhotep Builder of Egypt Family Board Game. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This board game is a strategy game for 2-4 players where children take on the role of ancient Egyptian architects. Their mission is to transport stone blocks to reach the most valuable positions at 5 different construction sites, while thwarting their opponents’ aims to do the same.
Children will learn about ancient Egypt and Imhotep, who was the architect of some of the ancient Egyptian monuments. The game play is about 40 minutes, and the game comes with 120 wooden blocks (‘stones’) in black, white, brown and gray, 5 site boards (the Market, the Pyramids, the Temple, the Burial Chamber and the Obelisks), and 1 scoring track board.
This toy was a Toy of the Year finalist and a Parents Choice Gold Award winner.
Users love that it’s a good game for the family to play, that it’s easy to set up and play, and that the game time isn’t too long.
Artifacts Board Game. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
Children compete in this board game to build the best archaeology company in 1929. The dice represent the adventurers, and children roll the dice and place them on cards to send their adventurers on missions.
Players earn cash and build their reputations by selling valuable artifacts to museums, having museum majorities, creating the best possible combination of buildings and expeditions, or finding hidden treasures beneath the waves of the oceans inside lost cities.
The first player to reach 20 reputation points wins. Perfect for older children to learn about the ins and outs of archaeology and its link with museums.
Users love that this game is easy to learn, and quick to play. They also appreciate that the box is small enough to take on trips, and that the game is well-made.
National Geographic Rocks & Fossils Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This 200-piece set includes geodes, real fossils, rose quartz, jasper, aventurine, snowflake obsidian and many more rocks, crystals and gemstones for children to learn about.
Real fossils include shark teeth, ammonites, gastropods, clams, brachiopods and more. There are also real geodes, one of which is broken open and the other two can be broken open by children to discover the inside for themselves.
The kit comes with a storage pouch, a full-color learning guide and identification sheet, and a magnifying glass for identification.
There is also a display case for children to show off their favorites once they have identified all the pieces. The perfect way for children to kick off a rock collection!
Users love how fascinated their children are with the real fossils, and that the book included gives lots of information.
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