Kids these days are obsessed with dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are no longer just the thing for boys either. I know so many girls who are in love with them just the same. They are fascinating creatures that have so many things to teach us. There are many great dinosaur related shows for young children on television, but by far my favorite is “Dinosaur Train” on PBS.
This article is a little dated (summertime is definitely over here), but I still think the information is fun to share. And here is a little more about Dinosaur Train too:
Did You Know That July Is National Recreation and Parks Month?
Summertime is here and what better way to spend the summer with family and friends than on an adventure to visit one of our national parks and/or recreation destinations. July is Park and Recreation Month in the U.S., and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Rock Your Park.” The National Park and Recreation Association wants you to show the country how parks and recreation make your life extraordinary! Whether it is visiting your local park, a playground, swimming pool, or taking a family trip to one of our national park treasures, celebrate our country’s love of the great outdoors this month! Visit the organization’s website to find out ways to get involved: http://www.nrpa.org/july
You can also turn your visit to the local park into a game by participating in the Dinosaur Train Geocache Challenge. Geocaching is a family friendly outdoor adventure that blends technology, gaming and environmental discovery. Each geocache features one of the dinosaurs found on the online Dinosaur Train Field Guide and contains educational information related to that dinosaur. So, perhaps pick your local park as a destination to hide your own Dinosaur Train container. To participate in the Dinosaur Train Geocache, visithttp://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/geocachingchallenge/
Buddy and his friends on the Dinosaur Train are always up for an adventure and exploring the world around them. Why not take them along on your adventure to the park or camping or on a family road trip with all-new fun and easy travel product for camping/outdoors, new games and fun to read books to pack on your adventure!
· New book from Reader’s Digest: Dinosaur Train Lift the Flap “Let’s Go To Volcano Valley” (SRP: $9.99). Ages 2+.
· New Dinosaur Train product for camping adventures Pacific Play tents (available in October) includes: the Dinosaur Train Station House Tent (SRP: $89.90); Dinosaur Train Dino Bones Dome Tent ($59.90); Dinosaur Train Dino Bones Tunnel ($59.90). Ages 3+.
· New Dinosaur Train soft sporting fun from Kelly Toy: Play All Ball (SRP: $1.99), Bat + Ball (SRP: $9.99), Golf (SRP: $14.99), Football (SRP: $6.99), Baseball Mitt set (SRP: $7.99) and more. Ages 3+.
· New Dinosaur Train 3-Wheel Scooter in colorful buddy and friends graphics, from VM Global. SRP$24.99. Ages 3+.
· New Dinosaur Train game from Patch Products: “Take “N” Play Anywhere™[/font] Let’s Go for a Ride! Magnetic Playset. SRP: $14.99. Ages 3+
And, Buddy will also be spending time in the great outdoors in July. Tune in on July 4th to Dinosaur Train on PBS KIDS (check local listings) in the adventurous episode “Buddy the Tracker.” In the episode, Buddy and Don are “footprint detectives” as they track and find creatures they know at the Big Pond. The plot thickens when they discover fossilized tracks that are millions of years old!
Although the summer vacation comes to an end in August, fun with Dinosaur Train continues! Get ready for an all-new season of Dinosaur Train this August with “Dinosaur Big City” on PBS Kids premieres August 22 and the DVD release of Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City on August 23 (SRP: $14.99).
From the world-renowned Jim Henson Company, Dinosaur Train is seen in over 13 million households every month* and embraces and celebrates preschoolers’ fascination with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages scientific thinking and other skills as it teaches viewers about natural science, natural history and paleontology.
* Nielsen NPower, monthly NTI cume audience average, September 2010 – December 2010
We had the chance to check out the new Dinosaur Train book “Let’s Go to Volcano Valley”. All your dino-friends are going on the Dinosaur Train to Volcano Valley. Buddy, the T-rex and his adoptive Pteranodon family are with him. They will find many things on their stops at the Trisassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous stations. This is great for preschools and young kids. There are 40 fun flaps to lift and learn more in this book. You can explore with Buddy too!
My son has always been a big fan of flip books. The first thing he did when he got this book was go through page by page and flip up each and every thing to see what was underneath. Then we read it together. It’s a fun story and perfect for little Dinosaur Train lovers.
You can buy the Dinosaur Train book “Let’s Go to Volcano Valley” book at bookstores and online. You can get more information about the Jim Henson Company on Facebook and Twitter. Or have a little more fun with your children on the PBS Kids site- http://www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. And you can find PBS Kids on Facebook and Twitter as well. And get lots of great things for parents too- http://www.pbskids.org/parents.
*Disclaimer: I received this book for review. All opinions are my own.*