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This is another range of educational toys and learning kits created by the brains behind Middlesex University Teaching Resources, this time correlated to the Natural History Museum (‘NHM’). Sales of these games help support the ongoing work of this very famous museum, entry to which is free. The museum is located in South Kensington on the corner between Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road and is a sister museum to the other equally famous Science and Victoria & Albert museums.
The Natural History museum has two main functions – firstly to preserve, identify and conserve existing collections and specimens which to date houses something like a massive 70 million items; and secondly to use these collections to promote research, discovery, understanding and enjoyment of the natural world as well as advance knowledge of this field for the future.
The museum has five main areas to discover – Botany (the study of plants), Mineralogy (the study of minerals), Palaeontology (study of prehistoric life including fantastic fossils and dinosaurs), Entomology (study of insects) and Zoology (study of animals) and current exhibitions include the Age of the Dinosaurs and the Darwin centre – amazingly this museum houses some of his actual specimens.
This range of gifts would not be complete without some Dinosaur related items and whether you prefer the more gentle giant or scary, bloodthirsty hunters then one of these large 3D glowing dinosaurs is for you, although perhaps not quite as big as the 3D versions in the museum though!. Use them to brighten up a bedroom or classroom.
Connected with the Zoology side of things try the Animal Detective game which is a fabulous way of learning where animals come from as well as learning key facts about them along the way – this one comes with a blow up globe too.
All of these natural museum kits are suitable for experimenting at home, on your own, or you can use them in the classroom. Try the nature experiments in Awesome World for example or try making a clock out of mud with the Earth Clock. Learn about green ways of creating energy with the Solar Powered Buggy, a Natural History Museum gadget with a conscience. Educational and fun all rolled up in one.