Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Get Ready For Kindergarten Month" with Dinosaur Train - GIVEAWAY

We're nearly finished filling my daughter's backpack with all the supplies she'll need for kindergarten. (The last item we need to find is a pack of feathers. Wonder what they'll use that for?) For the most part, I'm confident she's prepared. She can write her name, knows all her letters and numbers, and is just starting to read on her own.

Choo! Choo! Chomp! Even though I coordinate our school's science fair, science is a subject that we haven't spent a lot of time on yet at home. However, my daughter has learned a few things through watching shows like The Jim Henson Company's Dinosaur Train on PBS. The show encourages basic scientific thinking and skills as well as discussing various dinosaurs, life science, natural history and paleontology. Both my kids like watching Buddy the Tyrannosaurus Rex travel on the dinosaur train with his adoptive Pteranodon family. Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous - I can barely say those words but thanks to the show my children can easily recite them along with spouting out other interesting dinosaur facts.

The PBS website also contains a lot of wonderful content useful in helping to prepare pre-schoolers for school. Several fun scientific activities can be found on the DINOSAUR TRAIN website for parents and teachers http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/ or http://www.pbs.org/teachers/dinosaurtrain/lessonplans/. Here are a few but make sure to click on the links above for more:


Several new DINOSAUR TRAIN themed products are hitting the shelves this fall, including a few children's books! Here is a preview of a few of the new items available for purchase at major retailers (product descriptions from publishers/manufacturers):

Books:

I Am a T. Rex! (DINOSAUR TRAIN) -
Buddy has spent his whole life in a pteranodon nest. He knows he's not a pteranodon, but he's not sure what he is. When his family decides to visit a new stop on the DINOSAUR TRAIN, Buddy finally learns the truth. He's a T-rex! This simple storybook is the perfect introduction to the world of DINOSAUR TRAIN! Ages 3 and up; Grosset & Dunlap

Triceratops for Lunch (DINOSAUR TRAIN) -
A Little Golden Book about DINOSAUR TRAIN! The Triceratops are coming over for lunch. Do you serve them plants or fish? That's what Buddy and his dinosaur siblings need to figure out before Tank and Trudie Triceratops arrive at the train station. This Little Golden Book retells an episode of the new PBS Kids animated series Dinosaur Train. It explains to young readers the difference between herbivores and carnivores—so that the next time you're dining with a dino, you'll know what to expect! Ages 2-5 ; Golden Books


Other Merchandise:


Take 'N' Play Anywhere™ Go Fishing™ Magnetic Activity (Patch Products) -
Now kids can help Buddy and his family catch fish, practice hand-eye coordination and matching skills. Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere activities feature big magnetic pieces that are easy for kids to use and hard for kids to lose! Ages 4 and up

Learning Curve Dinosaur Train Collectible 3-Packs -
These 3-packs feature three detailed DINOSAUR TRAIN character figures and a special collector card and are available in the following sets: Mrs. Pteranodon, Shiny & Derek; Mr. Pteranodon, Don & Velma; Boris, Annie & Pete; Dolores, Ollie & Oren. Ages 3 and up

Dinosaur Train™: All Aboard Game (Pressman Toy Corp) - Join Buddy and his friends on the DINOSAUR TRAIN! Choose a character – Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don, Cory, Tank or Mr. Conductor – and try to move the fastest along the tracks. Speed through the three dinosaur eras: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous along the beautiful scenery. The first player to reach the nest area in the center of the board wins. Ages 4 and up

Dino Train T-Rex Backpack from Accessories 22 -
The DINOSAUR TRAIN 16” backpack features Buddy the T-Rex, adjustable padded shoulder straps and 3 easy zippered compartments and side pockets for markers, pencils. The glossy Buddy appliqué makes Buddy virtually come alive on both the blue and brown styles. This is a definite back-to-school must have for any DINOSAUR TRAIN fan!

While we haven't had the chance to view these products personally, I'm excited about the opportunity to offer some of the products in a giveaway. One (1) Brimful Curiosities reader will win a DINOSAUR TRAIN themed backpack full of new DINOSAUR TRAIN products, just in time to celebrate back-to-school time and kindergarten month!

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106 comments:

gahome2mom said...

We are using Dinosaur Train as part of our k5 program (science)for homeschool. My daughter really enjoys the shows. Thanks.

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Kristie said...

This would be great for my little guy who doesn't have his own backpack yet!! :-)

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Jenny said...

Oh, I want to win this! My kids love Dinosaur Train, and my son (who just started kindergarten at our homeschool co-op had a Dinosaur Train b-day party).

thedispersalofdarwin said...

Dinosaur Train is an awesome show (much preferred over Sid the Science Kid). What I like about it is the involvement of an actual scientist, Scott Sampson, who has much more to say about kids, nature, and the importance of science at his blog:
http://scottsampson.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

My kids are obsessed with dinosaurs. Great giveaway.


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Steph said...

I am trying to get my kids ready for Kindergarten and 1st grade by doing workbooks. Working on handwriting, basic math, sight words and reading. We always to make sure and have alot of fun. Sending them off prepared really gives them confidence. Dinosaur Train is great. They love the games on PBS Kids.

Steph said...

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Amy said...

We love Dinosaur Train at our house...stealth science learning!

Ticia said...

I can't wait until you start doing more science stuff at home. I love the reading stuff, so I'm sure science will be great as well.

Anonymous said...

Dinosaur Train is a great show that all of my kids love. There aren't too many shows that appeal to the broad age range that it does!

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Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Our backpack is filled, too, except for a black & white composition notebook. Can you believe I can only find colored? Looks like a great giveaway. We'd love to win!

stacey said...

I have not seen it but I'm sher that my little nephew has.I have love dinosaur sence I was in Kindergarden my self what kid has not love them?
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Dolphin Girl said...

My kids both really enjoy Dinosaur Train and would be super excited if we won.

Terra H. said...

Dinosaur Train is such a fun, educational show. Please count me in to win.
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Infant Bibliophile said...

What a great give away! My son likes dinosaur anything and would really enjoy a backpack full of dinosaur train goodies.

Gina said...

Dinosaur Train! Dinosaur Train! We're gonna ride...the Dinosaur Train! We would love to win!
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Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway! This is my kids' fav show!

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apple blossom said...

Oh, I'd love to win this giveaway. thanks

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Tracysweetangl said...

The kids would love this. Thanks for the chance.

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QueenB said...

my little guy loves dinosaurs lately and i'd love to add some dino books to our collection- with 2 sisters we have an overwhelming number of girlie books!! we love the show, too. i had no idea they were coming out with toys!!

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QueenB said...

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Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

My children love this show and the Dinosaurs make learning more fun especially for my son, who's really into dinosuars!

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Mary Elizabeth said...

What an amazing giveaway! All four of my little ones love this show, especially my six-year-old who is crazy over the moon about dinos!! mclaingreen@yahoo.com

ape2016 said...

Dinosaur Train is a fav at my house. The kids remember the songs and don't even realize how much they are learning.

Katy F. said...

Ahh, my kids love the Dinosaur Train! They love Tiny and Buddy. :)

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Amy B. said...

What a fun prize pack - just in time for back to school
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
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Amy B. said...

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Thanks for the giveaway!
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pixie13 said...

We love Dinosaur Train! My daughter watches it every day & would love this. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Staci said...

I hope your daughter has a wonderful time in kindergarten this year! It sounds like she's ready to go.

I never realized there were so many Dinosaur Train products out there. I'll have to check out the activities on their website!
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Danielle said...

My 4 year old would love to win this and take the dionsaur train backpack to preschool with him this year!
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Laura Lowe DeLuca said...

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Anonymous said...

We love Dinosaur Train! My twin girls would love these games!


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Elie said...

This is a great giveaway. I have two younger children who would really love this.

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Elie said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted
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Elie said...

I mentioned this giveaway in a contest post.
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Sarahlynn said...

Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid are some of the best (eg: educational AND fun) programs for kids out there. My daughters (3 and 6) are both hooked . . . and one of them still needs a backpack.

Thanks!
--Sarahlynn
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rubynreba said...

This would be perfect for my grandson. Thanks for the chance.
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MaryAnne said...

What a fun giveaway! My Dinosaur Train-loving kids would be thrilled if I won this =)

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degood said...

This looks like a great giveaway. My four year old son love Dinosaur Train.

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ellie said...

My little grandson watches this everyday. I'd love to win this for him. Thanks for the giveaway!
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ellie said...

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Katrina said...

seriously that is cute...my daughter loves dinosaurs

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artsy_momma said...

My son is so into dinosaurs lately and loves this show. He would love any of these items!!!

OutnumberedMama said...

My kids absolutely love this show. We watch it every morning - which is going to be difficult routine change when school starts!
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JackieN said...

We love Dinosaur Train in our house! Buddy is our favorite.
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Life Is A SandCastle said...

My son loves dinosaur train and knows the difference in dinosaurs.
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Life Is A SandCastle said...

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Karen Propes said...

I just love this program, we watch on TV, but see it can be extended into the classroom. GREAT!!
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Anonymous said...

We love the show Dinosaur Train. My kids would enjoy these goodies!
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Honey Mommy said...

We just went to the dinosaur museum, and my boys LOVE Dinosaur Train.

Amanda said...

This is a wonderful prize - my boys both love Dinosaur Train!
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