If you know any children who love dinosaurs and/or trains — please share this exciting news.

On September 7, 2009, a new preschool TV series from The Jim Henson Company will premiere on PBS. It’s called DINOSAUR TRAIN. Set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans, DINOSAUR TRAIN will help kids ages 3 to 6 to apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today’s creatures, and learn about paleontology and natural history. Created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), the series aims to use kids’ fascination with dinosaurs to teach broader concepts about the natural world, and to inspire them to explore nature firsthand.

Take a peek…

Full-confession: As the Curriculum Consultant for the series, I wrote its educational goals, collaborated with writers and producers throughout the script development process, and created hands-on activities for the DINOSAUR TRAIN Web site. I even wrote one of the episodes (in which Buddy and Tiny meet a gigantic pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus, which had the wingspan of a small airplane!)

You can check out a sample full-length sample on PBS Web site for the series, and please share any reactions. This Web site will be expanding in the coming weeks, so check back. Also, if you know of any wonderful books or other resources for dino-obsessed kids, please pass along the details.


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