All Aboard the Dinosaur Train!

I recently buzzed about Dinosaur Train, the new show from The Jim Henson Company. It is set to begin Monday, September 7, 2009 on PBS KIDS. Well, I am excited to say I got a sneak peek at the show, as did my kids, husband and 21 year old brother-in-law. Everyone thought it was extremely cool and educational, as it envelops preschoolers into a CGI-animated world full of prehistoric dinosaurs!

Here is a small promotional piece from the shows I saw, Tiny Loves Fish & Triceratops for Lunch:



In Triceratops for Lunch, Buddy the Tyrannosaurus Red and his adoptive Pteranodon family meet a triceratops. They talk about the difference between herbivores and carnivores, what they eat and how they eat! It's funny as the different little dinosaurs try to each other's foods - but they just aren't successful. The Triceratops even tries fish, but he just couldn't swallow it!

In Tiny Loves Fish, the Pteranodon family learns how to fish, but Tiny isn't having much luck. But by using her load screeching voice and some help from Buddy's sharp jaws they have more luck fishing together! It goes over how Pteranodons probably fished like Pelicans and is a great lesson as they discuss the fishing steps one-by-one.

That's the great thing about Dinosaur Train, it embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about natural science, natural history and paleontology.

Where does the train come in? Well, the Dinosaur Train allows buddy and his family to travel and explore the world inhabited by different amazing creatures. Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs. Windows are perfect for the long-necked herbivores, and there’s plenty of head room in the Observation Car for the Giganotosaurus, giving all the species on board a chance to check out the prehistoric world as they ride on the train. The DINOSAUR TRAIN has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with “cool Dino facts” along the way.

There are fun songs and live-action scenes featuring world-renowned paleontologist Scott Sampson. "Dr. Scott" brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers as he gives specific facts about dinosaurs and compares their features to animals of today.

Pretty much, a show with trains and dinosaurs is totally win-win for my little 3 year old! So be on the lookout!

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