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Paleontologist Costumes for Kids
And Archaeologist and Geologist Costumes Too
A guide to putting together a paleontologist costume for kids with role play accessories. Lots of the ideas work for archaeologist and geologist costumes too.
My older son is 6 and he has been obsessed with dinosaurs from the age of 2. Now his interest has broadened and he has a collection of fossils and ancient artifacts. He loves dressing up as an explorer or adventurer who finds out all about the history of dinosaurs, people and the earth.
Image: My son dressed up as a paleontologist / archaeologist and geologist (he wanted to be all three!) He put on a science show for the family will all his fossils!
A Paleontologist Kit
One of the key things a young paleontologist will need is a kit bag. A shoulder bag with lots of pockets and elastic loops for storing tools and specimens is perfect.
My son got this kit from his Nan for Christmas. It was the perfect gift for him.
The set is very well made. The bag is good quality (not just a cheap costume bag) and he takes it out on regular field trips (or walks in the woods!)
The set includes a set of tools including a magnifying glass and a shovel with a built in sifter.
You also get a notebook which my son uses to record his finds and draw pictures of interesting things that he sees.
There's plenty of room in the bag to store other things.
Other things to add to a paleontology kit
Other things to add to a paleontologist kit bag include:
- Some ziploc baggies for storing fossils and other interesting finds. This stops everything else getting muddy or dusty and makes it easy to find things later.
- Protective eye glasses if you'll be chipping away at anything, or just to add to the costume. These can be quite expensive to buy, but are often included in paleontology dino dig kits.
- A pen or pencil to make notes.
Bug jars work really well for storing smaller fossils. (Well honestly, it's usually rocks that look a bit like fossils!)
The built in magnifier is handy (we all have to take a close look) and a string so the pot can be worn is a great idea.
A tape measure for measuring finds or setting out a plot to investigate.
Child Paleontologist Dress Up
Get the look.
A Cargo Vest
A cargo vest is great for an authentic paleontologist look and gives your child lots of pockets to lose, I mean store, useful tools and interesting finds.
You can either choose a role play cargo vest or go for a proper kids outdoor cargo vest or utility vest. My son is about to outgrow his current vest and I think this time we'll go for a proper outdoor one that will last.
This set from Melissa and Doug includes a vest, hat, magnifying jar and binoculars too. Good for little paleontologists.
The Backyard Safari Cargo vest is a popular choice with lots of storage.
A bit more expensive, but this is the real deal, in child sizes.
Cargo Pants or Shorts
Add some cargo pants or shorts depending on the weather. Choose khaki, tan or stone colors. I like to buy regular clothes that can be used as part of a costume when I can. It means they'll be better quality and get worn plenty. This costume is the perfect opportunity to do that.
A Good Sun Hat
My son has a couple of hats he uses with his paleontologist costume. A cheap straw hat for indoor roleplay and a proper sun (and rain) protective all-weather hat for outdoors.
If your young paleontologist will be spending a lot of time out in all weathers then a good protective hat is important.
Know Your Stuff
Become an Expert on Dinosaur Bones
OK, so know your child looks the part, but do they have the knowledge to carry it off? My son loves facts and information. Kids love knowing stuff that adults don't.
Here are a few of our favorite paleontology books for children.
We love this series. The books are very informative and have detailed pictures to keep kids interest. Find out what a real paleontologist does.
A great hands on science book for kids to learn paleontology.
This one will meet the needs of slightly older future palentologists from around age 9 up.
This map makes a great costume accessory - it shows where to find dinosaur fossils in North America.
More Paleontology for Kids
Find out more about paleontology for kids:
Paleontology for Kids - Raah!
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Paleontologist Costume and Roleplay Accessories
Dinosaur Fossils for a Paleontologist - Role play and costume accessories
My son has a 'museum' under his cabin-style bed where he displays all his finds. He's really proud of the fossils that he has excavated from kits.
We're big fans of dino dig kits. They keep kids occupied for hours! My son then add the tools (and safety glasses) and excavated fossils to his paleontology kit.
A toy dinosaur footprint. Makes a great costume accessory.
A lot of dino dig kits give you small scale bones. This one gives a larger skull.
Famous Paleontologists - To Dress Up As
Or just be yourself. Perhaps your child will be a famous paleontologist one day. Note that there are lady and girl paleontologist on this list. Lots of girls are interested in dinosaurs.
- Dino Dan. If your wants to dress up like Dino Dan then take a look at Dino Dan costumes.
- Alicia and Diego from Go! Diego Go! Alicia is a dinosaur expert and Diego knows lots too.
- Buddy from Dinosaur Train - a favorite with preschoolers. And of course Dr Scott, the real paleontologist who provides facts for the show.
- Real-life naturalist Nigel Marven plays himself (sort of) as a paleontologist in the awesome . Prehistoric Park
- Richard Owen, the British naturalist who came up with the name 'dinosaur' for these fantastic creatures.
- Mary Anning, the British fossil collector who started as a young girl and became very well respected in the field of paleontology.
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Paleontology Costumes for Kids