I still can’t believe that Kiana has started Kindergarten. I’m not sure why but in my mind she’s always been a toddler and just didn’t seem to be getting any older. Yes, I know how strange that sounds but it’s true. Now she’s off to the “big kids” school and walking herself to class in the mornings. *sniff*
Transitioning to Kindergarten can be a stressful time for young children as they take on a new role as â€œstudentâ€â€”in addition to other changes such as new surroundings, routines and expectations, and in some cases being away from parents for the first time.
There are many things, however, that can be done to help prepare children for this big transition and a familiarity with some key skills will be beneficial. The Jim Henson Company and PBS KIDS have included some fun ideas from the award-winning Dinosaur Train website at www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain that will help children familiarize themselves with and build upon some specific skills, while at the same time enjoying their favorite characters!
We recently had the opportunity to review some of the new Dinosaur Train products for ourselves.
Dinosaurs A to Z (Dinosaur Train) (Padded Board Book) from Golden Books: Meet 26 dinosaursâ€”one for each letter of the alphabetâ€”in this Dinosaur Trainâ„¢ alphabet book. Ages 3-5; SRP $11.99; 30 pages.
The cool padded board book is perfect for kids who are learning the alphabets. Each page features a letter, a dinosaur who’s name starts with that letter, how to pronounce each dinosaur name, where they lived, and fun facts. What really impressed me was that there were dinosaurs for every single letter! Who knew?
Crayola Color Wonder Dinosaur Train Coloring Pad & Markers by Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder: With Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder, the inks are clear, and colors magically appear only when the markers meet the special Color Wonder paper. Kids are free to unleash their imaginations and love the way each marker magically reveals a different color on the special paper. Age: 3+. SRP: $7.99
We’ve always been big fans of Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder sets. They’re perfect for in the car, on the plane, in restaurants, and anywhere else where you worry about pen & crayon markings. Plus the kids love seeing the colors magically appear before their eyes. This set comes with 18 coloring pages & 5 markers – orange, blue, red, green, & brown. What really impresses me about these Color Wonder Sets is that they always include maker colors that are related to the theme. Way to go Crayola!
MEGA BLOKS Buddy from MEGA Brands: Give your little Dinosaur Train fan the chance to join everyoneâ€™s favorite T-Rex Buddy to meet, explore, and have adventures with all kinds of friendly dinosaurs aboard The Dinosaur Train! Sit bobble head Buddy in his Dinosaur Train passenger car and get ready to find out all about his favorite prehistoric friends with the included fun and informative dinosaur fact card! Ages 3+ SRP: $6.99
My kids love all kinds of building blocks and Mega Bloks is one of their favorites. They like how the blocks are over-sized and easy to attach to one another. Plus, you can mix and match your sets for hours of playtime fun! Included in the Buddy Mega Bloks set is a bobble head Buddy, a train car section complete with an area for Buddy to sit, another Blok with some cool scenery on it, and a fact card with info on various dinosaurs.
DINOSAUR TRAIN APPAREL from Kids with Character: Dinosaur Trainâ€™s summer line shirts and pants/shorts sets are great for back to school. Look for NEW Dinosaur Train apparel coming in August and September at Kohls and Kmart.
We received a 2-piece set with an adorable Campout Fishing Adventure logo on the front & a pair of jeans. I don’t have any boys to try this out on but I did take notice of the awesome quality of these items. All the seams are reinforced and top-stitched to make sure your kids will be able to wear them for very long time. The shirt is a cotton/poly blend with a 2-button down front. The jeans are 100% cotton with an elastic back waistband. Very cute!
Get ready for an all-new season of Dinosaur Train this August with â€œDinosaur Big Cityâ€ which premieres on PBS Kids on 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 preschoolersâ€™ 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.
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