Digging for Dinos
Nurture your paleontologist-in-training with a dig-your-own-dino kit. These kits consist of faux dinosaur parts encased in a block of hard sand. Just like a real scientist in the field, kids must carefully brush and dig away the sand to reveal the hidden pieces. Once all the parts are uncovered, the bones can be assembled like a puzzle. The end result? A fully assembled dinosaur skeleton like those you see in the museum. But in this case, you're actually allowed to touch [source: Parents' Choice Awards]. For younger children who might find excavation and assembly too challenging, check out the Dino Xcavator game. Similar to Operation, in this game kids must carefully remove dino bones from tiny compartments. If they slip up and touch the sides of the compartment, the dinosaur comes to life with a roar [source: Parenting.com].