I love including interesting hands-ons science activities in our homeschool curriculum, and our kids love it, too! They are definitely hands-on learners and enjoy projects they can touch and explore.
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Discover with Dr. Cool offers a variety of great award winning hands-on science kits that are great for kids ages 6-12. Whether you are homeschooling or would just like to introduce hands-on science activities to enhance your child’s learning, Discover with Dr. Cool offers a variety of great learning tools for teaching science at home. We loved the Crystal Growing Kit and couldn’t wait to check out one of their Dig Kits!
For our review we received the Real Insect Excavation Kit from their Award Winning Bugs and Insects Kits.
The Real Insect Excavation Kit is such a unique kit! It includes a digging tool, brush and magnifying glass used for excavating a beetle-shaped digging block to find a real spiny spider, fortune beetle, and scorpion all preserved in acrylic. I thought it was such a unique idea to dig into a big beetle to find the bugs!
In addition, the kit also includes a 12-page information guide that contains neat science facts about insects and was written by educators as well as an Activity booklet that contains 10 great puzzles and games for some learning fun! Kids get to learn about insects while excavating like a real paleontologist! They couldn’t wait to dig in!
The kids had so much fun excavating the beetle. They would find one of the bugs and get really excited. Then they would focus and work together to get the bug out. After we got it out, we would wash it off and examine it with the magnifying glass. Because it does take quite a bit of work to get to a bug and extract it, we would only do one bug at a time. I like that it also gave us time to focus and learn about each bug.
I think the Insect Excavation Kit is a great science kit! All three of our children (ages 4, 7, and 8) really enjoyed both participating in the hands-on experiment and the learning activities. Our 4 year old liked it so much he even chose to purchase the Shark Teeth Excavation Kit when they were able to choose a “toy” in the store the other day! I love when they choose something educational!