If you have a young child like me, then you have probably seen the adverts for the new kids programme which is launching on Nick Jr on Monday 12th March at 4pm – Dinosaur Train.
We have been lucky enough to have been sent a preview of the first 2 episodes and Emmy and I have really enjoyed watching them.
This brand new show is created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!) and is set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans.
Let me introduce you to the stars of the show:
A family of Pteranodons – Mum, Dad, Don, Tiny, Shiny and a T-Rex called Buddy – who’s egg hatched in this families nest.
In each episode, while on the Dinosaur Train, Buddy makes a hypothesis and begins searching for the answers to his queries with the help of his mum, the Conductor and new dinosaurs they meet on their adventures.
The Conductor and Buddy
Each episode is 22 minutes long and features two animated episodes. Dinosaur Train is aimed at Preschoolers aged 3-6 years old and helps to apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today’s creatures and to embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science.
Emmy has enjoyed seeing Buddy try to discover which type of dinosuar he is, going on the Dinosaur Train and time travelling into the Cretaceous period to discover he wasn’t born with horns so therefore could not be a Stygimoloch.
We have also enjoyed an episode where the Pteranodons try to catch fish with Buddy and Tiny to teaming up to learn a new way of doing this and a further episode where you get to learn exactly what the Triceratops family like to eat for lunch.
I won’t spoil it for you any more but do tune in to Nick Jr weekdays from 4pm starting on 12th March.
Dinosaur Train, produced by The Jim Henson Company, is co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Entertainment, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. UK production and financial support is being provided by Ingenious Media. The series is executive produced by Lisa Henson, Brian Henson, Halle Stanford and Craig Bartlett.