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Educational Insights Geosafari Egyptian Dig


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  • Artifacts include a scarab, hieroglyphic tablet, ankh symbol, and jackal. Sand sculpture molds create a pyramid or sphinx
  • Clay can be recast again and again with the same artifacts, or with any other items, for hours of archaeological adventures
  • Discover the amazing science of archaeology as you uncover "ancient" artifacts
  • kit includes easy - to - follow instructions in the Archaeologist's Guide Book, as well as facts about life in ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, or Mayan culture
  • Ages 7 and up
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Product Description

Discover the amazing science of archeology as you uncover "ancient" artifacts!

From the Manufacturer

Discover the amazing science of archaeology as you uncover "ancient" artifacts. After carefully excavating with tools like real archaeologists use, kids wet the Mystery Matrix Sand to create one of two sand sculptures for display (molding tray provided in each kit). Clay can be recast again and again with the same artifacts, or with any other items, for hours of archaeological adventures. Each kit includes easy-to-follow instructions in the Archaeologist's Guide Book, as well as facts about life in ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, or Mayan culture.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 7 x 3.5 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005C1LA
  • Item model number: 5150
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,067 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Kept my daughter busy on a rainy day!
L. Flynn
If archeology is your child's "thing" this is a good toy to check out.
Jamie Reed
He loved this kit, and we had great fun 'digging' for the artifacts.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DSW on January 5, 2008
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Santa brought this (along with the Egyptology book) for my 5 year old son this Christmas. He's been really "into Egypt" for about a year.

We thought this would be something he could do himself with minimal assistance from one of us as it was clay. It wasn't. The "clay" was very hard and I had to do most of the digging with the blunt end of the included tool. My son had a ball using the brush to help (and that was actually very useful - we got a slightly larger paintbrush and things went a little faster). The items were all stacked together so they were difficult to remove. While I was annoyed with the process, the little guy thought the whole thing was fantastic and spent an hour with the brush cleaning everything off and looking at his treasures. We "translated" hieroglyphs that were on the tablet we'd uncovered, which was kind of cool too.

You can save the clay, mash it up, and recast it as a pyramid or a sphinx (the kits come with different doo-dads in the clay and different molds - I'm assuming it's a "collect all three!" type deal). We're looking forward to that. This is why I gave it a high "durable" rating - you can recast as often as you wish.

When we were done, my son looked at the box and saw the ad for the "Mayan Dig!" and asked what that meant. We went to the internet and looked up the Mayans and now he's asking to go to the library to get books. In and of itself the toy isn't very educational, but it does lead to questions and looking up answers, so I gave it a high rating there.

If you have an inquisitive kid with an interest in ancient cultures, this is a worthwhile item.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Reed on December 28, 2007
We went to the King Tut exhibit this summer, and I thought this would be a good addition to what my daughter had learned. She really enjoyed it, it just went very quickly. The only negative thing she said was that they buried all the stuff together. The book was informative, the artifacts were interesting, and she enjoyed chipping away at the items in the block. If archeology is your child's "thing" this is a good toy to check out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on January 16, 2012
I just have to tell you how wonderful this product is! I gave it to my 8 ½ year old daughter for Christmas (as she is a huge fan of all things ancient Egyptian) and she chose to do it right away over Christmas break. I expected the "buried treasure" to be little plastic trinkets - how pleasantly surprised I was to see the quality of the artifacts. The background booklet was well-written and provided just enough education to keep it interesting, but not so much that she was rolling her eyes at the end. Her enthusiasm as she discovered each piece was so exciting to watch, my husband and I kept being called in to see the latest "find". Then she completed the data cards, telling the rest of the family all about her find. The best part was the hidden messages within the hieroglyphics that appeared on each piece! What a bonus.

I only downgraded it a little on durability as some children may have trouble using the tools to dig out the artifacts since the tools are plastic. However, had they been stronger, I could see some parent writing in complaining about providing a weapon to kids. The tools worked well for the job and may even have created more anticipation.

The entire excavation, data collection, research/background and translation filled the better part of an otherwise grey rainy morning. The next day, she and Dad re-cast the sand into the included forms of the Sphinx and pyramid, which provided even more discussion and educational, hands-on activity while school was out. Overall, this wonderful little box provided hours of excitement. I was very impressed at the quality and value of this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gael Linn on July 22, 2012
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Our grandchildren, ages six and 13, were delighted to "excavate" their sand blocks and find the four Egyptian "artifacts" hidden inside. They learned new words; were introduced to a remarkable civilization that existed for thousands of years, and loved the treasures they found.

This product was a fun way to peek their interest in the Egyptians, and when this subject comes up in school they will already have some positive experience that I am sure will boost their interest to pay attention!

For a more extensive Egyptian project try the Slinky Brand Experiment #156, "Our Amazing Mummies". This kit has a very informative brochure, and the project involves using a plaster-of-Paris mould to make two mummies, a small amount of sanding, painting, measuring and cutting small strips of linen. Kids get to practice several skills, which makes this kit is a favorite mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2011
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I purchased this set for my 7yr old grandson. I love ancient history, and wanted to share my passion with him. He loved this kit, and we had great fun 'digging' for the artifacts. Now he wants to know more about Ancient Egypt. Worth the cost and more. Love that you can reset the artifacts and dig again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on November 19, 2010
My son really wanted this and I am glad I bought it. Tons of fun and he's now interested in learning more about the ancient history. Totally worth it.
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I bought this for my 7 year old, and she loved it. She did hurt her hand a lot, so I'm recommending for slightly older kids, the kind you'd let cut their own food. The sand or plaster block is much smaller than one would think, and it is super hard! Of course, she got tuckered out fast, and so I took over. I preferred a flat head screwdriver to the tools provided. It took me about an hour to get all the pieces loose enough for her to have the final thrill of getting them out, and polishing with the brush. A piece was missing, and my daughter was heartbroken. But I had read the reviews and knew this was a likelihood. "They should get fired!", she said, so I taught her a lesson in forgiveness. Awesome customer service shipping out a replacement within 2 days. I just need to send the other one back before I get charged twice. Pieces are good equality plastic, not flimsy.
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