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Dig This: New Fossil Excavation Kit Gets Kids into Rock
By Jeremy Loudenback
January 1, 2003

Dig It Up! from Spring International

When Spring International owner K.C. Tong returned to New York earlier this year, customs officials found a collection of old bones in his possession and immediately accused him of smuggling. Fortunately, Tong was carrying the parts of his newest educational kit, “Dig It Up!,” a fossil excavation and assembly set that helps children emulate real-life paleontologists as they uncover replicas of dinosaur bones from plaster molds.

After Tong explained to the curious customs officials that the faux bones were for his new product, all was forgiven, and Dig It Up! has gone on to garner rave reviews from educators and dinosaur enthusiasts alike since its premiere this past summer. Dig It Up! even earned the plaudits of professionals after exhibiting at last October's Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists.

The museum-quality bones are embedded in a block of plaster, similar to the find of a real-life scientist. Each kit includes a series of tools that help children carefully unearth the smaller-scale bones from the plaster. Once the bones are removed and cleaned, a lacquer can be applied, allowing the resin bones to be arranged upright as a model, just like the awe-inspiring dinosaur skeletons found in museums.

Dig-It-Up! features eight different types of dinosaur kits, including timeless classics like the T-Rex, Pteranodon, and Mammoth. Each of the different kits is aimed at a different age group, so kids of all sizes can discover the work of a real-life dinosaur hunter.

For more information visit Spring International's ToyFair Preview Page.



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