Who says Halloween has to be spooky and scary? It’s fun to tell creepy tales of ghosts and goblins but I’ve found a way to add an educational aspect to the Halloween party scene. Best of all, I’ve managed to do it with an activity the kids will enjoy, a hidden bones hunt. I borrowed the idea from our local children’s museum that has an entire room devoted to “hunting dinosaurs.” I used a toob of Prehistoric Mammal Skulls from Safari Ltd and buried them in the sand box. What young child can resist the thrill of digging for buried treasure, especially when using the same replicas he can purchase in the museum gift shop? This is also a great idea for a dinosaur themed birthday party. Store the dinosaurs in a plastic bag and have the kids take home their souvenirs. Just have plenty of towels on hand to help contain the sand after the kids have finished their dig.
Safari Ltd. has been designing authentic, museum quality replicas since 1979. They’ve expanded their line over the years but all their products are hand painted and inspired by nature or historical events. These pieces are designed to encourage and spark creative play. Our “toob” of Prehistoric creatures contained eight animal skulls with realistic details and two “Did you Know “ facts on the package designed to arouse curiosity in kids. The pieces are well crafted, sturdy and phthalate lead free.
Remember all those dioramas teachers ask students to create for class projects? Safari Ltd has a collection of animals for any biome or habitat. I used other Safari Ltd. pieces over the years in my World and American History classes. Their Civil War collection has helped me demonstrate key campaigns and battles and the pieces have held up well to the use and abuse of kids and teens.
One person will receive a Safari Ltd toob.