Dinosaur Train fans be sure to check out the new PBS Kids Movie Event “Dinosaur Train: What’s at the Center of the Earth” this month! In the new special, the Conductor has a surprise for the Pteranodon Family, the Dinosaur Drill Train, an amazing machine that gives its passengers a front row seat as they dig deep below the Earth’s surface to discover fossils and rivers of lava. Produced by The Jim Henson Company, Dinosaur Train encourages kids ages 3-6 to apply scientific thinking as they embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science.
Following its premiere, “What’s at the Center of the Earth?” will repeat throughout February on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. Here at KBTC we will be airing the special on February 22 and the 24th at 1pm.
New digital content from Dinosaur Train, including a “Fossil Finder” game, is now available on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Games app.
Do your kids love all things dinosaur? Be sure to try this fun activity that takes only a few items that you probably already have in your home and teaches them about theories as to what wiped out dinosaurs from the planet which range from volcanoes through to asteroid impact and prehistoric climate change.
You will need:
Have your kids arrange the dinosaurs in a plastic tray. We used a cupcake container that comes with a lid. Pour enough water to cover the dinosaurs. Some of them might float but just rearrange them the way you’d like them to freeze.
Put the lid back on the container. Place in the freezer until frozen.
Put outside on the grass or snow depending on where you live and have them pour water on the one’s they’d like to explore first. Be sure to check out pbs.org for more information about their favorite dinosaurs – what they ate, what parts of the world they lived in and during what time period.
For older children you can have them do a little research about each dinosaur. Here are some ideas to try out!