We were very excited to be sent a Ravensburger Science X Maxi Prehistoric Expedition set to review at half term:
Perfect for budding scientists! There is a fascinating booklet included in the kit with all 15 activities listed in it, each of which take you further through time:
- create a time line from the cut out photos in the book
- make a trilobite model out of plaster cast
- make a nautilus model from plaster cast
- make an Ichthyostega model in plaster
- examine an ammonite with a magnifying glass
- construct a giant dragonfly
- make an Ichthyosaurus model in plaster
- excavate a fossil
- make an Archaeopteryx plaster model
- construct a T. Rex in cardboard
- hatch triops
- look after triops
- light experiments with triops
- feeding experiments with triops
- harvest triops eggs and start again!
Typically my kids never bothered with the book they just grabbed the items that intrigued them the most. The first thing my son went for was the fossil excavation:
When he finished we had a mini dinosaur:
Next up my daughter chose to do the Tyrannosaurus Rex model. This is made of thick card and she easily managed to pop out the pieces and construct them by herself:
It makes a pretty scary and realistic fossil model:
She had a brief attempt at the dragonfly on her own but said it was too hard. We haven't had a chance to try either making plaster cast models or grow triops yet as they need more time and space than we have had recently! At least I know we have something to do on a wet weekend in the future and the triops will need to wait for the summer and some warmth as our house is too cool at the moment...
I have to say that even though £29.99 RRP seems quite pricey there are hours if not days of activities in the kit. We still have plenty more to be getting on with and I'm looking forward to making the models. Just hope I finally succeed in growing triops as we have failed in the past - the instructions in this set look so much better than in previous ones though.
If you have fans of prehistory in the house and they are 8+ then this would be a great present. Some of it will require grown up help and plenty of newspaper to prevent mess!