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Dr Cool - Real Insect Excavation Science Kit Review

February 7, 2015 by Ronda

The Insect Excavation - Real Bug Dig Kit is a really unique gift idea or toy for kids. I wasn't sure how the whole /excavation/would work out for a kid's toy, but it ended up being a lot of fun for my children and me.

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"Excavate 3 genuine bug specimens just like a real paleontologist. They’re each buried inside a beetle-shaped digging block! Your young entomologist will uncover a real scorpion, spiny spider, and fortune beetle specimen. These insects have been perfectly preserved inside acrylic so that you can examine each of these incredible creatures from all sides. This hands-on science kit includes an excavation tool, brush, and magnifying glass.

There’s also a full-color information guide (written by teachers) so that you can learn all about insects, arthropods, and arachnids. You’ll learn cool science facts about each of the creatures in this kit as well as general info about bugs. Plus there’s an activity booklet with 10 fun games, mazes, and puzzles to complete. Your kids will bug-out with this fascinating excavation project!"

I'm all for products that are engaging and can teach us something new. My children's walls are filled with educational posters, they have lots of educational toys and even forensic kits and microscopes that they use to view the inside of bugs, leaves and other things. However, excavating an insect, without having to dig in dirt, is new and that made it exciting.

In the box:

  • 3 bugs (a spider, fortune beetle and scorpion preserved in acrylic) buried in a giant beetle brick.
  • A digging tool.
  • A 12 page adventure book that offers facts about many insects.
  • Magnifying glass.
  • Brush.
  • Activity Book.

Note: After the goggles, mask and flat head screw driver, they were free to have fun.

Our excavating experience:

My 8 year old loved the Activity Book included and both of my boys liked the cool photos of insects in the Adventure Book. They have dust allergies so I gave them goggles and masks, then they got to work!

The Beetle shaped digging brick is really hard. It wasn't too difficult getting the outside to crack and peel away, but the inside that surrounds the bugs was hard to chip away with the plastic tool. After 10 minutes of dust I decided to use a flat head screw driver to chip away.

It kept us busy for decent amount of time, because it took a while of chipping to find the first bug. I wasn't expecting it to be such a challenge, so that was a pleasant surprise. I don't like toys that can be exciting, then getting to the fun part happens in 5 minutes and the thrill is gone. This gave us more than that. After all the digging we found three beautiful bugs (that would have freaked me out had they been alive).


My kids enjoyed this and I also like it! I give it 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason I did not give it a full 5 stars is because we had to use a tool not included in order to break the shell, it was really hard. The retail price of $11.99 is great for what buyers receive.

I saw that there other digging kits, so I will definitely buy some for my children!

Dr Cool - Real Insect Excavation Science Kit Review