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Paleontologist Costumes for Kids

Updated on April 19, 2013

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.

Coleman Kids Archaeologist Kit
Coleman Kids Archaeologist Kit

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.

Insect Lore Little Bug Locket Toy
Insect Lore Little Bug Locket Toy

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.

Uxcell Mini Red Snail Portable Ruler Retractable Tape Measure
Uxcell Mini Red Snail Portable Ruler Retractable Tape Measure

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.

Melissa & Doug Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set With Binoculars, Bug Jar, and Hat
Melissa & Doug Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set With Binoculars, Bug Jar, and Hat

This set from Melissa and Doug includes a vest, hat, magnifying jar and binoculars too. Good for little paleontologists.

Backyard Safari Cargo Vest
Backyard Safari Cargo Vest

The Backyard Safari Cargo vest is a popular choice with lots of storage.

Kids Vest Uncle Milty - Khaki (Small/Tan)
Kids Vest Uncle Milty - Khaki (Small/Tan)

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.

Outdoor Research Kids' Voyager Rain Hat, Khaki, Medium
Outdoor Research Kids' Voyager Rain Hat, Khaki, Medium

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.

Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

We love this series. The books are very informative and have detailed pictures to keep kids interest. Find out what a real paleontologist does.

Bones Rock!: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist
Bones Rock!: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist

This one will meet the needs of slightly older future palentologists from around age 9 up.

Coop's Map Guide to Dinosaur Sites and Museums of Western North America
Coop's Map Guide to Dinosaur Sites and Museums of Western North America

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!
Shows like Dino Dan and Dinosaur Train are increasing the popularity of paleontology for kids. How do we know so much about dinosaurs and other prehistoric c...

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.

Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex
Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

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.

Safari Ltd  Wild Safari Footprint Fossil
Safari Ltd Wild Safari Footprint Fossil

A toy dinosaur footprint. Makes a great costume accessory.

GeoCentral Excavation Dig Kit: Dino Skull
GeoCentral Excavation Dig Kit: Dino Skull

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.

  1. Dino Dan. If your wants to dress up like Dino Dan then take a look at Dino Dan costumes.
  2. Alicia and Diego from Go! Diego Go! Alicia is a dinosaur expert and Diego knows lots too.
  3. Buddy from Dinosaur Train - a favorite with preschoolers. And of course Dr Scott, the real paleontologist who provides facts for the show.
  4. Real-life naturalist Nigel Marven plays himself (sort of) as a paleontologist in the awesome Prehistoric Park.
  5. Richard Owen, the British naturalist who came up with the name 'dinosaur' for these fantastic creatures.
  6. 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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