Dinosaur Train Contest!

IT’S NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!  DINOSAUR TRAIN CELEBRATES
WITH NUTRITIOUS ACTIVITIES AND A DINOSAUR TRAIN WORLD TOUR DVD GIVEAWAY!


March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, “Eat right with Color,” encourages everyone to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.

A healthy diet is important to us all, just as it was to Dinosaurs many years ago.  With the month of March focusing on nutrition, it’s  the perfect  time to look at some great ideas and resources provided by The American Dietetic Association to eat a healthy diet!    And, we invite you to to teach your child how to prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic filled with great food and fun by visiting Dinosaur Train on the PBS parent’s site: http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html>

To help parents, the American Dietetic Association provides many resources available at www.eatright.org/nnm .  They even have a downloadable PDF (http://www.eatright.org/NNM/content.aspx?id=11421 content.aspx?id=11421> ) listing 25 healthy snacks for kids, including these five great ideas:

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”
3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy
sandwich.

Next, Buddy can help you and your child prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic. The Have A Brachiosaurus Picnic activity (http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html> ) helps young children to learn what foods fit into an herbivore’s diet (fruits and vegetables); reminds children about the importance of hand washing before eating; and also creates an opportunity to discuss why all animals need to eliminate waste from their bodies (a.k.a. “poop”).

The downloadable PDF file, available at http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/pdfs/picnic.pdf dinosaurtrain/activities/pdfs/picnic.pdf> , provides the ingredients to prepare Brachiosaurus Picnic, with fun food items on the menu, including:

o  Brachiosaurus Super Salad: The kids will have fun tearing up green leafy veggies into bite-size pieces and mixing ranch dressing with green coloring to make a tasty topping.
o  Sauropod Sandwich: With a plastic knife, cut pieces of whole wheat bread in the shape of a favorite dinosaur and spread with cheese spread or peanut butter.
o  Herbivore Herb and Spinach Spread: Mix frozen spinach, dried onion soup mix, sour cream, celery sticks and crackers
o  Green Juice – fill a child’s plastic cup with apple juice and add green food color to make a green beverage fit for an herbivore.

And as we all know, digestion is a very important part of keeping healthy for both humans…and dinosaurs back in the day! Click thttp://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/videos/video-dinosaurpoop-song.htmlto watch the video clip of the song “Every Dinosaur Poops” and talk about why every animal needs to go, and what would happen if the animal didn’t poop out the parts of the food its body didn’t need.

Another fun way to explore “poop” is with Uncle Milton’s new Dinosaur Train Dino Poop Kit, just one of a range of new science themed toys geared to make science more interesting, engaging and accessible for children. With the Dino Poop kit, kids can discover what the dinosaur had for lunch!  Did he have fish or did he eat a plant?  Once kids find pieces of what he ate, they can put them together to create their own fossil imprint to figure it out!  It’s OK parents, it’s not real poop…it’s soft, pliable dino dough!  Available at Toys”R”Us (SRP: $7.99, ages 4+)

The hit television series Dinosaur Train® airs daily on PBS KIDS® (check local listings).

We would appreciate your promoting the following sites in conjunction with this promotion.
Dinosaur Train on PBS: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/ dinosaurtrain/>
The Jim Henson Company: www.henson.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/hensonparents hensonparents>
http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html>

In addition to the television series, there is also a DINOSAUR TRAIN interactive website at PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain. Buddy, Tiny and Mr. Conductor guide children as they discover natural history and the science of paleontology through fun games and activities.  For information on the DINOSAUR TRAIN geocache program—a fast growing adventure game that inspires families to get out and discover treasures together go to www.geocaching.com/dinosaurtrain dinosaurtrain dinosaurtrain> dinosaurtrain >  


One of you will win the new DINOSAUR TRAIN: PTERANODON FAMILY WORLD TOUR ADVENTURE  DVD, which will be released on March 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment and PBS Kids.  

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SpellQuizzer

 

I recently had the tried out a new piece of spelling software to help parents teach their kids vocabulary words.  This program works in an innovative way.  Instead of a cold program drilling words into your children,  you get to personalize it with your own voice.  This could be good for homeschooling. 
This program was created by a father of two, who saw a need to practice weekly spelling words.  After seeing how much this program helped his children improve, he decided to share this spelling program with the world.

The way the SpellQuizzer works is you give it a list of words, as well as how the words are pronounced in your own voice along with a sentence using the word.  This help the child learn by example as well as keep that personal touch in there for them.   I feel this program could be a big help for parents who just dont have the time to drill through words over and over again.  Especially those of us who are working parents with kids who are having problems with spelling words, and those of you who homeschool.  There is also a quiz segment where the child is quizzed on the list then told the correct way to spell any words missed, as well as a chance to retry the quiz.

I feel this program would work best a supplement to another vocabulary program already in place, be it home school or public school.  SpellQuizzer was not designed with any one spelling curriculum in mind.  It should compliment virtually any spelling curriculum since you create your own custom spelling lists.  If you are a homeschooler, here is a link that may be helpful for you-  http://www.spellquizzer.com/Spelling-Software-For-Homeschoolers.htm.

You can see how it works by clicking HERE to see demonstration videos.
Here are some places for additional information on SpellQuizzer-

– Free downloadable spelling lists (http://www.SpellQuizzer.com/Spelling-Lists.htm)
– Video demonstrations of SpellQuizzer (http://www.spellquizzer.com/SpellQuizzer-Demo.htm)
– Spelling software for homeschoolers (http://www.spellquizzer.com/Spelling-Software-For-Homeschoolers.htm)
– SpellQuizzer community site (http://www.SpellQuizzer.com/Community)


I received this product to test out for free from MamaBuzz.

Monkey Monkey Music- The Videos

Meredith LeVande, whose children’s CD, “What are the Odds” was previously reviewed right here on Have Sippy Will Travel, recently released a children’s musical DVD. Monkey Monkey Music- The Videos with Meredith LeVande.

I put it on for my kids, and they liked it. The two of them sat and watched it quietly for the whole length. Nice! Rare, and nice! I had to bring it to the Pre-K, of course. (If it will quiet loud children, then you KNOW I was going to bring it to the Pre-K, LOL.) For me, the worst days are often those when we can’t go outside. Taking the kids outside, even if it’s only for a little bit, gives them a change of scenery, lets them exert some energy, and burn off some steam. The first rainy day we had, I popped in the Monkey Monkey DVD. Ahhhh…..the sounds of quiet! All those little mouths quieted and ears opened and they sat nicely for 20 minutes and watched. Then I got them up to dance with the music- after all, they are kids, and they do need to wiggle! Music and movement is a great activity for kids. With Monkey Monkey Music, The Videos, you get the bonus of having a professional lead the “movement”, LOL. For example , on “Let’s Fly”, Meredith was flying in her plane all over the country. So, the kids became airplanes and flew all over the “world” (classroom). After the song was done- they each drew a picture about where they had flown, and told me all about it so I could write it down for them. We even looked up some of the places on a map- some of them are unknown to our maps, LOL. A nice rainy day activity, and we were able to incorperate/expand upon quite a few skill sets and learning skills.
Monkey Monkey Music; The Videos with Meredith LeVande
Release Date: December 1, 2010
ARP: $19.99
Available at: www.monkeymonkeymusic.com
Track Listing:

  1. Hello
  2. Chinatown
  3. Jump High
  4. Where Is It?
  5. My Eyes, Your Eyes
  6. Opposites
  7. Uh, Uh, Uh, Uh, Uh
  8. Keep on Truckin’
  9. Mirror
  10. Can You Paint A Rainbow?
  11. Hop on my Bike
  12. Let’s Fly
  13. I love You
  14. Goodnight to you
  15. Goodbye

A bit about Meredith LeVande-

What is Monkey Monkey Music?

Photo: Gaetano Salvadore

Monkey Monkey Music is a children’s music program developed by Meredith LeVande, an educator and songwriter who has close to a decade of experience working with preschool aged children. Monkey Monkey Music is a continuously evolving project that’s committed to conscious and quality based music and media which puts the best interests of children first. Learning and music is a fun, joyous, experience for children, which is why Meredith’s collection of songs and live performances continuously engage both children and adults for years on end. Celebrations can be educational, and education should be fun which is why her shows, parties and programs are so successful.Both Meredith’s live performances, and simple listening experiences galvanize and unify groups of people, both young and old to “jump high”, “shake it loud,” and celebrate the topics that reference the lives and desires of young children while fostering connections between groups of people as a whole.
Monkey Monkey Music has performed at such venues as the ESPN annual summer outing, Tribeca Film Festival, Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Pottery Barn Kids, Babies”R”Us, Dylan’s Candy Bar and Tarrytown Third Friday, as well as for famous NYC celebrities and such prominent parent groups as Big City Moms. It was chosen as one of New York ‘s best affordable children’s performers by Time Out New York Kids, and has been featured in Parenting, and on Kidz Bop Preschool On Demand, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Pandora Internet Radio, Preschool Radio, and various other children’s music radio programs around the country. And now, the new DVD Monkey Monkey Music: The Videos with Meredith LeVande has won a NAPPA Honors Award.

Monkey Monkey Music Review

So, “What Are The Odds” that you will like the same CD that your toddler will? Pretty good, I’d say, if that CD happens to be “Monkey Monkey Music” from Meredith LeVande.

OK, so, you all know I am a Pre-School teacher, right? (as well as momma to a 3 and 6 year old)
So, can I tell you how much kids music I hear? OK, like, A LOT. And I am sure most of you know that most kid’s music is super, super annoying. And has absolutely no value what-so-ever to the child.
However, Meredith LeVande (who was chosen as one of New York’s best affordable children’s performers by Time Out New York Kids) did a fantastic job at creating music that kids will love, and parents (and teachers!) will too. It is also educational music, which is fantastic. I really prefer that the kids listen to songs with a message, that they can learn from, rather then just noise pumping at them.

(On a personal note- I got to exchanging emails with Meredith, and she is a lovely, sweet, compassionate woman. She truly loves children, and her top priority is connecting with the child on his or her level. Because she loves children, she makes sure that her music is not only pleasing to the ear, but also developmentally appropriate for them. That was not part of the music review, per se. That was for you parents and teachers out there, so you know that she is the “real deal”, because I think you should know. The people who take time out for our kids? They should get a special mention.)
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Kids Book Review

I was sent “Professor Barrister’s Dinosaur Mysteries #2: The Case of the Armored Allosaurus” by Stephan Penner to review. This is the second book in a children’s series, where again Professor Barrister enlists the aid of Nate and Emily to solve a mystery related to dinosaurs. (First of series was “The Case of the Truncated Troodon”.) Does Allosaurus really have armor or not? This is the mystery, and the main characters get to travel back in time! How fun is that? I read this to Kamikaze and Little Man, 6 and 3, and they enjoyed it. Little man didn’t make it through the whole thing, but that’s OK. He left and started smashing his dinosaurs together 🙂 So the concept got to him at least, haha- I’ll take it!
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