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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is rich in scientific content that's just right for preschoolers. The characters incorporate terms like "hypothesis," "herbivore," and "carnivore" into the storylines, illustrating their meanings for kids. Preschoolers learn about the characteristics and lifestyles of different dinosaur species, and the Dinosaur Train's journeys to different periods within the Mesozoic era introduce kids to the concept of a timeline.
Encourages curiosity, learning new things, and solving problems. When the characters meet new dinosaur friends, they enjoy discovering their similarities as well as what unique traits and skills set them apart from one another, reminding kids that being different is OK and that each of us has special talents to share.
Positive Role Models
All of the adult dinosaurs are patient and caring with the youngsters and encourage them to explore their world to discover the answers to the questions they have about it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dinosaur Train encourages preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them as it introduces them to basic scientific principles and several species of prehistoric creatures. Each story exposes kids to science terms like "hypothesis" and "herbivore," illustrating their meanings in kid-friendly ways. In addition to its educational quality, the show also celebrates differences and encourages respect for others, as Buddy's travels lead him to make many new friends whose lifestyles and appearances are very different from his.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful series combines typical preschool interests like trains, dinosaurs, and a healthy appetite for adventure -- and the resulting tales feed kids' vivid imaginations. Through Buddy's travels within the Mesozoic era, young viewers learn about different species' lifestyles, diets, and unique characteristics. Kids are also encouraged to think critically about the world around them; comparing dinosaurs' traits to those of modern animals, for example, and learning to classify different species by size, appearance, and lifestyle habits.
And Dinosaur Train's value isn't limited to early paleontology education or its fun take on basic scientific processes. There are also plenty of positive messages about tolerance and respect for differences. Buddy's adventures introduce him to a range of species with obvious differences, and his curiosity allows him to discover not only the unique traits that separate him from his new friends, but also the basic similarities that make them all alike.
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