My boys love dinosaurs, they have always loved dinosaurs, ever since they were little. I always thought it would be just one of those phases kids go through but no dinosaurs are the one thing my boys have stuck with and that’s how I knew the Stegosaurus Dinosaur DNA would be a great toy for them.
Soon as we received the Stegosaurus Dinosaur DNA the boys were really excited and very eager to get the box open as see what was inside. Both were discussing who would do what bit and where happily talking about how they hoped there was 2 hammers, so they didn’t have to share.
With T being the eldest he automatically tried to take control of the situation and started trying to boss P around. So I stepped in and explained that they would take turns hammering/cutting/digging through the block and to make it completely fair I had Siri flip a coin to see who went first.
The winner was P with heads.
I will say I got rather nervous for T’s fingers as I watched him brandish the little plastic hammer. The block of plaster took a lot to make even a little dent in it. So after a while of letting the boys chisel, cut and hammer away at the block and watched them get more and more frustrated, to the point that I could see this fun activity turning into a massive argument/fight. So I decided to get my trusty hammer out and I broke the big block into lots of smaller pieces, so the boys could each dig through and find pieces each.
Crisis averted and peace was resorted, all thanks to my trusty hammer. I wonder if that’s what Thor feels like some days?
Once the boys had started to find pieces of their dinosaur, their excitement grew. They were thrilled when they found the little tube filled with the dinosaur DNA, but not so excited to leave the bones in the plaster while they stuck the missing DNA to the mat.
By this point I left the boys to have their fun and watched as they worked together and where actually getting along nicely. In that time I downloaded the DinoCodes app on from the App Store on my iPhone 6*. The boys had finished removing all the pieces of the dinosaur skeleton and T decided he wanted to started putting the pieces together while P helped me choose the DNA stickers to go on the mats.
Both where happy as the each had a job to do and I was happy because they weren’t squabbling. Once the missing piece of DNA was secured back where it belonged. P and I when out in to the garden to see what happens when you point your phone at the mat. We where both shocked to be treated by a rather big stegosaurus on the screen of my phone that looked like it was walking right at us.
We played around with the Dinosaur on my screen, making it roar, charge and even turn and swing it massive spiky tail at us. The boys loved setting it up so they could make it look like they were petting it, feeding it or that it was hitting them with it big tail.
In the set you get 2 mats with the missing DNA, one of the dinosaurs and another mystery mat. We got the stegosaurus and a town being hit by a tornado. You can use the mats separately or you can add them together to make the scene loads more exciting and run.
For days the boys pretended they had a pet dinosaur, that they called Steggy. They had great fun with this activity set and they love the glow in the dark Dinosaur skeleton, that they have sneaked up into their room. P even took it to school to show his teacher, who was very impressed.
The boys have honestly loved playing with this set even though it did take a while and they did start to snap at each other because they each wanted to have a turn and nether of them wanted to wait. but once i broke the block up into smaller pieces and they realised they could both work together and do it, they started to get along and enjoy themselves.
They would definitely recommend. As would I.
Each kit has 2 mats, 1 bloke, 1 hammer/pick axe/knife, 1 brush and 1 chisel. Inside the block is a little plastic tube with the missing DNA stickers inside** as well as all the pieces for a glow in the dark dinosaur skeleton.
You can find this set and the other 2 sets on Amazon For £13.99
Which I believe is a great price for this because it will help keep your little future archaeologist happy for a while and afterward you will have hours of fun playing with the virtual dinosaurs and you kids will love showing all the pictures and videos to their friends.
Go test it out for yourself and see how much they love it.
* This app will only work on iPhones 5 or newer.
** If the stickers get lost, ruined or are unusable there are spares on the information sheet that also comes with the pack.
- I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts, feeling and opinions are my own.