Do you have any dinosaur fans in your house? Or, are any of your children showing signs that they want to be an archaeologist when they grow up. I remember my oldest brother wanted to be this for a long time, but when it came time to apply for colleges, he realized that the colleges that offered their field of study were 100's of miles away, and that his job would take him all over. Wanting to stay close to home, he decided on another path, and is happy. But, he still loves watching excavation digs on television, and reading about cool finds.
When I was looking for fun and unique items to include in my holiday gift guide, I stumbled across Gecko Island Toys, which offers fossil kits. When I saw the kits I thought of my brother, and how there must be more children and teens out that love looking at fossils and love this kit of prehistoric fossils. I reached out to the maker of these kits and he kindly sent along two kits for review. When my nephew (who is crazy about dinosaurs and sharks) and brother came to visit, I surprised them with their own excavation in our backyard. I hid the fossils in our daughters' sandbox and gave them tools for their hunt. Who knew that a makeup brush could be used to brush dirt off of prehistoric fossils? :-) The boys had a blast finding the fossils and examining them closely with the mini magnifying glass that comes with each kit. The fossil kit itself comes with 9 fossils, including a real shark's tooth, a fossil identification chart and magnifying glass. All you need to provide is sand to hide them in. Or, you can just let your children have fun taking a closer look at them with their magnifying glass and matching the fossils up to those on the identification chart. Either way, this fossil kit will provide hours of enjoyment for children both young and old. :-)
So, if you are looking for a great stocking stuffer idea this holiday season, why not pick up a fossil kit from Gecko Island Toys? These kits would also make for a great goodie bag toy for a child's birthday party, or a reward for a job when done. :-)
Click here to visit the Gecko Island Toys website and pick up a fossil kit today -- http://www.geckoislandtoys.com/. The kits retail for only $8.99 each.
Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.