Have a budding Indiana Jones on your shopping list? Check out our guide to the best gifts for your future archaeologist. Even better everything on the list comes in at under $30.
Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities By Richard Panchyk: This is so much more than an archaeology book. “Archaeology for Kids” gives readers a real education in how archaeologists uncover the past and explains twenty-five activities to give readers hands on experience of their own. Great for kids age nine and up this book will please both readers and non-readers with its mix of facts and real world activities. Check it out here in both print and digital editions.
Archaeology: The Card Game Geared towards older kids and teens who love everything ancient Archaeology: The Card Game is a rollicking romp through everything Egyptian archaeology. Track down clues to figure out where to dig and then garner the best price you can for your found artifacts. But while you dig for museum treasures looters lurk behind every pyramid. The game is great for anywhere from two to four players. Buy it online here.
Mummies: Dried, Tanned, Sealed, Drained, Frozen, Embalmed, Stuffed, Wrapped, and Smoked...and We're Dead Serious By Christopher Sloan: Speaking of ancient Egypt . . . what’s more likely to capture a child’s imagination that mummies? This fantastic book put out by National Geographic is everything parents wants- factual up to date educational information, beautifully illustrated, but also everything kids want- which includes the ick factor. Buy it here on Amazon.
Dig! Discover: Archaeology USA: A perfect way to let your explorer play in the dirt- even inside! This 9 by 6 frame of dirt and stone contains reproductions of actual relics dating from America’s vast history. This includes everything from Native American arrowheads to Revolutionary War finds. The kit comes complete with excavation tools and brushes. Recommended for kids aged 7 and up. Buy it here on Amazon.
Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China by Jane O’Connor: If you’re young archaeologist has on interest in the great pyramids, or even if they do and have simply exhausted the subject, the clay army of ancient China might just be the things that sparks their imagination. Thousands of clay figures, representing every aspect of an ancient army, are slowly being uncovered in China. And this book is a great start for even the youngest kid on the subject. Buy your copy online here