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Anyone seen anything for a 9 year old boy related to archaeology or Robot Wars?!!

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sweetmelody Mon 07-Nov-16 14:25:27

I'm just running through his (non-electronic!) interests to see if I can come up with ideas with gifts/stocking fillers....

Tiggles Mon 07-Nov-16 17:51:54

Mine was given a dig out the dinosaur bone kit last year. He enjoyed it; I was a little hmm at the mess.

Tiggles Mon 07-Nov-16 17:53:15

He also has the battling transformer hexbugs which might fit bill for robot wars? Again a hit.

CarrotVan Mon 07-Nov-16 18:18:30

Not exactly a stocking filler but there are things like this

Some of the museum online shops are worth a look

CoffeeChocolateWine Mon 07-Nov-16 19:22:28

Not exactly...but my DS is 8 and likes similar-ish things. He is eyeing up the Teksta robotic scorpion which is remote controlled and amongst other things can fight with other scorpions (not that he will have another one to play with but a friend might!) Hexbug also do battling spiders and battling robots??

My DS has expressed more of an interest in geology/rocks/crystals so I'm wondering about getting him this to start off his collection. There maybe something similar more archaeology related. Or books?

CoffeeChocolateWine Mon 07-Nov-16 19:24:52

In fact just seen there is a junior geo fossil set which might be more related to your DS's interests.

GreenGinger2 Mon 07-Nov-16 19:58:33

We're all fab,the Crystal Mining set particularly so.

GreenGinger2 Mon 07-Nov-16 20:00:39


PerspicaciaTick Mon 07-Nov-16 20:05:18

Membership of your local YAC

TheSquatLobster Tue 08-Nov-16 00:55:10

I bought this for a friend's grandson and was a bit hmm when it arrived.

Arena's pretty small & flimsy, & I wouldn't have paid full price for it, but it was half price at £10 (still is) so maybe it's worth that? Am out of touch with kids' toys & games <old gimmer> so I'm just hoping he'll like it.

Maybe it would make a good little extra for yours?

childmaintenanceserviceinquiry Tue 08-Nov-16 01:19:02

I am sure there is a childs archaeology magazine or club

sweetmelody Tue 08-Nov-16 18:09:28

Thanks everyone for your brilliant suggestions. Will look into the robot-related suggestions a lot more but I definitely want a mining kit for him
GreenGinger2 are you saying you've tried all your suggestions and the first was the best? Would you recommend for a 9 year old as some of the reviews referred to younger children ?

atticusclaw2 Tue 08-Nov-16 18:13:15

Lego mindstorms. It's expensive £190 and so clearly a main present or something that a few people club together to get but it's a very good robotics starter set which won't become redundant as he becomes more advanced.

GreenGinger2 Tue 08-Nov-16 18:19:53

All were fab. Crystal Mining and book would be my pick. My dd was 9 or even older,her older brothers loved it too. You dig them out and then identify them via the book in the set. Dd loved all the NG books but was fascinated re rocks so one in link went down v well and enhanced said set.

Geodes a bit hit and miss ie you don't know what is inside and can crack them open in bits.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Tue 08-Nov-16 18:24:43

How about an activity with

IAmAPaleontologist Tue 08-Nov-16 18:26:42

My 9 year old is getting a raspberry pi and kits including a robot he will be able to program using the pi. I know that's electronic but robot wars is rather electronic! Meccano? Or google Edison the robot, inexpensive and simple, can be programmed using computer or made to work with an old tv remote and you can build him into anything using Lego.

averythinline Tue 08-Nov-16 18:34:02

ooh sorry to jump in but what robot it are you getting to go with the pi IAm
ds did a workshop at half term and loved it but not sure were to start...
Op I was looking at these some of the reviews mention battling!

IAmAPaleontologist Tue 08-Nov-16 18:43:52

Avery I've got the 3 camjam sets that are sold through the pi hut. The pi hut is the best place to buy add ons as you know for definite all the adaptors will be the same. The first set is dead simple little electronic circuit, the second a bit more complex and then the 3rd builds into a little rover.

averythinline Tue 08-Nov-16 19:00:44

Thanks IAm just what I needed!

IAmAPaleontologist Tue 08-Nov-16 19:16:25

No problem, I'm new to all this techy stuff but thankfully I have an engineer techy electronics loving sort of friend who has sorted me out with all my Christmas shopping. Now hopefully the dc will be able to work it because I doubt I will be able to!

IAmAPaleontologist Tue 08-Nov-16 19:29:09

No problem, I'm new to all this techy stuff but thankfully I have an engineer techy electronics loving sort of friend who has sorted me out with all my Christmas shopping. Now hopefully the dc will be able to work it because I doubt I will be able to!

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