26 May 2015

Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights

J is learning all about growth at nursery school. They have been watching potatoes sprout, growing their own cress and waiting for very hungry caterpillars to morph into butterflies. And he has been going on about wanting a pet. There is absolutely no way I am getting him a dog or a cat or a fish or a rabbit. At least not until he is old enough to care for them with minimal adult supervision.

When I heard about Aqua Dragons, they seemed like just the things to introduce J to the idea of having his own pet, while at the same time reinforcing the concept of growth he has been learning about. They sounded fascinating, with their 200 million year history. J knows all about dinosaurs (who doesn’t), so the Aqua Dragons would be a lovely way to talk about evolution, fossils and extinction with him. Perhaps not in so many words, but they could help with ideas about time and life.

The Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights arrived in the post to tremendous excitement in the C-house. The Aqua Dragons EggSpedition tank is made of plastic and sits on a LED light base unit that houses the two AAA batteries. I was really pleased that the batteries were included with the unit. The last thing you want is wait to buy new batteries, when all you want to do is see how your new toy operates.

Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights


The tank has its own bubble pump that you use to oxygenate the water that the aqua dragons swim in. The Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition also comes with a packet of aqua dragon eggs, a pack of feed, a little feeding spoon, an instruction manual and activity book, a sheet of stickers and a poster to colour in. There is a little dino baby model at the base of the tank, which makes for a very cute addition.

What's in the box -Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights

J was really excited by the idea of having his own dragons, albeit a little apprehensive at the same time. He was imagining fire-breathing dragons with huge wings. So I had to explain that these were little dragons like sea-horses that swam in the water.

They are real live aquatic creatures that have survived for millions of years in a sort of hibernating state. Their eggs hatch once they come in contact with water. So Aqua Dragons really are time travellers, surviving in the same form they did all those years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

J wanted to help with the set-up. So I delegated the task of shaking 380 mls of bottled water to him. This was done to oxygenate the water. He then poured the water into the tank. I carefully emptied the aqua dragon eggs and closed the tank.

Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights

Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights

Now it was a matter of wait and watch. We kept the tank near a window so it gets sunlight and warmth. By next morning, we could see tiny white specks floating about. This meant that some of the eggs had hatched and we had our baby aqua dragons. J was thrilled, and immediately wanted to feed them. The instructions dictated that feeding should commence 48 hours after set-up. J was happy to wait till the next day.

Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights

We have since been oxygenating the tank on a daily basis using the pump and feeding the aqua dragons at regular intervals. Our aqua dragons are now growing.

They are still quite small. But it is fascinating to watch them. J and I are both excited to see how they develop. We hope they continue to thrive and we can see all the different stages in their life cycle. I am secretly hoping that they breed, so that we get a fresh crop of aqua dragon eggs.

Taking a closer look at the Aqua Dragons

It has been a very long time since the days of high-school biology. But these resilient little creatures have just revived my interest. They are a constant reminder of how fascinating life can be. I hope J feels the same way after his interaction with these amazing creatures.


Disclaimer: We were sent a set of Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights by @Brainstormltd for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

29 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic, I'm off to track this down now for my son as I think he would love it. Great review!

    Helen X

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    1. Thanks, Helen. I hope your son has a great time with it too.

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  2. oh this looks very interesting my lot would love this

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    1. I think it is great for kids and for grown ups too!

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  3. Oh these look awesome, my kids would love them! We used to have some sea monkeys and they loved those :)

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    1. If they loved sea monkeys, I am sure they would love these.

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  4. This looks so amazing, although my son is 14 i think he would love this........To be honest........Its more like I would love it xxx

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    1. Like I said before, I do think this is as much fun for grown-ups as for the kids.

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  5. I think my son would love this at 10 - great idea x x

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    1. I bet he would, Cass. It is a great idea to get them into biology.

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  6. My son would have loved this when he was young, what a cool toy x

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  7. Ohh they have a nice glow to them. very cool. Mich x

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    1. The light is a super cool touch, I think.

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  8. Dylan would love this! He is really into dragons and has been doing the hungry caterpillar at nursery too

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    1. Then it will be perfect for him, Bex.

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  9. What a fun sounding toy - I can imagine it goes down amazingly with boys. x

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    1. I have a feeling girls would love these too.

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  10. Ooh Aqua Dragons sound ace! Far better than fish and a lot more fun too by the sounds of things :)

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    1. Certainly a lot easier to maintain than fish!

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  11. What a cute little tank! I remember something similar back when I was a child.

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  12. I'm with you on not wanting to get a higher-maintenance pet till they're older! These look perfect.

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  13. We love creatures like these - so much fun and great for teaching a lifecycle!

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    1. So much nicer for the kids to actually see them live than just pictures.

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  14. They sound amazing, what a great idea. Think I'd like them too!!

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  15. oh wow this looks fantastic! the tank is super cute :-)

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  16. These look amazing - what a fun thing for kids to have and also really learn from, I love it!

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  17. Are they sea monkeys? I always wanted some as a child! xx

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    1. I believe they are very similar if not the same. x

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  18. This is a great way to get children learning about life cycles. Fascinating to think that they are unchanged from millions of years ago.

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