Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dinosaur Train Fun in June!

All Aboard the Dinosaur Train for Tons of Fun in June

"Yes!  Summer break is almost here, and The Jim Henson Company and partners want to help you kick-start your summer fun with some great ideas for the entire family!

Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month in June is a great opportunity to gather the family and take “a trip” to explore your local zoo and aquarium, as well as to visit the websites of America’s great zoos and aquariums. Many of the sites offer excellent educational resources, including photographs, videos, facts, lesson plans and activities.  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums provides a collection of links to their accredited zoos and aquariums.

The Jim Henson Company has also recently created The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, which provides some great resources for you that any young DINOSAUR TRAIN fan is going to love! 



What is the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour?  It’s is a mobile website that may be viewed on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a smartphone web browser, and relates dinosaur and natural history content from the DINOSAUR TRAIN animated television series (which airs on PBS KIDS), to zoo and aquarium animals.

At aquariums and zoos, The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour will teach kids fun facts about today’s living creatures, and encourage them to learn more about the relationship between modern day ocean life and animals such as sharks, crabs, turtles, elephants, bats, birds, crocodiles and more, and their prehistoric ancestors.    You can see the site at the following link: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/tour

You can access the mobile website either before, during or after visits to zoos and aquariums to enhance your child’s engagement in paleontology, animal science and natural history.  Guides can also be downloaded for families to take with them on their visits too:

Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Zoo
Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Aquarium
Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Natural History Museum

The kids might just find that with the help of the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, visiting Zoo’s, Aquarium’s and Natural History Museum’s are among their “favorite trips” ever!

Everyone enjoys taking fun trips, including DINOSAUR TRAIN’S Buddy!  Buddy fans everywhere are sure to enjoy the new sticker stories from Penguin Young Readers Group,Buddy’s Favorite Trips.   With over 75 stickers, this sticker stories book takes fans on a ride on the Dinosaur Train and features… that’s right… Buddy's favorite trips! For ages 3-5; SRP $6.99; available wherever books are sold!  To browse all the Dinosaur Train books, go to www.penguin.com/dinosaurtrain.



And finally, it’s Father’s Day on June 16 and a great time to help the kids create some fun treats for dad decorated with their favorite DINOSAUR TRAIN characters! DecoPak has provided a Dinosaur Train Dinosaur Express Cake Topper and Dinosaur Train Cupcake Rings, featuring Buddy and Tiny.   These products are available at various online stores including Amazon.com (prices vary).  You can also visit www.cakes.com to find a bakery in your area that may be able to make these cakes for you!

Dinosaur Train Cake Decorating Decoset



And if you are feeling very adventurous, you can try and create the scene below!  Instructions here!




Dinosaur Train Cupcake Rings



What we thought:  We were lucky enough to get to review the cupcake rings and cake decorations, along with "Buddy's Favorite Trips."  This sticker book was a huge hit and the kiddos had a lot of fun reading and decorating the colorful adventures.  The rings and cake decorations were really cute and the kiddos are excited about using them to liven up our next baked goods:)  ABCD Diaries gives the latest Dino Train goodies an A+!


Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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