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Excellerations® Wooden Specimen Kit


Product Overview

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
This fascinating collection of science specimens will help children begin or continue to develop classification and observational skills.
  • Sliding, clear, acrylic removable lid separates sections and keeps the specimens safe from touching one another; slide open to touch the specimens
  • Set includes 1 wooden box with lid, 12 separately bagged natural specimens (specimens are all taken from non-threatened species) and activity guide
  • Box is 16"L x 12"W x 3-1/8"D; box sections are 3-1/4"Sq.
Natural specimens with Latin names included in set:

1. Lily Centers (soymida febrifuga) - Fruits that grow on the Indian Redwood (pod)
2. Spiral Conch Shell (pugilina cochlidium) - A species of sea snail (shell)
3. Butterfly Bark Slice (salacia chinensis linn) - Bark off a woody butterfly tree/shrub that is found in India (bark slice)
4. Pear Pods (hydropera) - Varied pods from numerous plants (seed/pod)
5. Lotus Seed Pods (nelumbium speciosum wild) - Distinctive dried seed heads of lotus plants (seed pod)
6. Cinnamon Sticks (cinnamonum cassia) - An evergreen tree that provides aromatic bark that is used as a spice (bark)
7. Angel Wings (oroxylum indicum) - The seed from inside seed pods on a tropical tree (seed)
8. Grand Windmill (terminalia arjuna) - Fruit from the Arjun tree, sometimes used for medical purposes (dried fruit)
9. Ata Fruit Slice (annona squamosa) - A fruit also known as a "sugar apple" (fruit)
10. Ear White Seashell (melampus) - The shell of a type of snail/slug, usually found in Hawaii (shell)
11. Pine Cone (pinus) - Small pine cone/seed from pine tree (cone/seed)
12. Camel Foot (toddalia asiatica) - Fruit from a climbing South African orange tree, which tastes like an orange/lemon cross (dried fruit)

K-3 Core Standards
  • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
  • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
  • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.


Age / Grade
Ages 3+ / Grades PreK-1
Assembly Required