Ages 6+

Paleontologist Starter Kit


Discover the ins-and-outs of a career in prehistoric exploration! Use tools to excavate bones, then assemble them into a dinosaur skeleton display. Make amazingly detailed fossil impressions with a set of mini dinosaurs, modeling clay, and plaster. Read about the geologic timescale, how fossils are formed, and the on-the-job adventures of a real paleontologist. Then hang up a poster featuring colossal fossil facts and some of the most dazzling dinosaurs of prehistory. Ready to dig in to all things dino?

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



46 reviews

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    My 5 year old daughter loved this kit! She enjoyed the excavation the most. The paleontologist notebook was also really cool! We also enjoyed making the dinosaur imprints.



    My nephew loved this kit!



    This was hands down my kid’s favorite kit so far. She normally discards the books and gets right into it. She couldn’t get enough! I even had fun getting whacked with the mallet. She loved the book and chart. Especially the one that showed the size difference between kids and dinos.



    In the 2 years we have gotten Kiwi boxes this was by far the best!! She loved every second of completing this box!!! 10/10 loved this box!!

    Katie's Grandma


    The rubber dinosaur parts don't stay together especially the feet but otherwise really cute



    My 5 year old received this for Christmas and loved it! He needed help with the fossils and putting the dinosaur together but was able to dig up all the bones independently

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