The “lost continent” of Laramidia

Perhaps you are new to Dinosaur Train, or perhaps you are a long time fan. Either way, you should note that the Jim Henson Company released Dinosaur Big City last year.  Dinosaur Big City is a one-hour Dinosaur Train movie, which kicked off Dinosaur Train’s second season.

The first season taught children about paleontology, natural history, and science.  The second season will focus on natural phenomena and exploring the outdoors.  “Big Dinosaur Week” will be featured, and so will the “Dinosaurs A to Z” song.

The movie itself is based on scientific research.  Scientific advisors were sought to help present the research and make the history of dinosaurs more appealing and exciting to young children.  The movie takes place in “Laramidia,” a part of the North American continent, during the Late Cretaceous period.  The “lost continent” of Laramidia was formed when a shallow sea covered the middle part of North America, separating the eastern and western portions of the continent.  The climate was swampy and subtropical and situated in what is now thought to be modern day Utah.

Despite its small size, enormous amounts of dinosaur fossils were found in Laramidia, representing a great diversity of dinosaurs.  Dr. Scott Sampson, a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and author of Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, explains that many species of specifically large dinosaurs existed in this part of North America; a mystery that many paleontologists are still trying to unravel.

The movie itself was incredibly fun and educational. I will give a synopsis in one of our later blogs. In the meantime, feel free to check out our online toy store for some cool stuff. And of course, be sure to pick up a copy of the DVD itself.

 

Amtrak Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Amtrak is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve assembled a special train which includes displays of old memorabilia like uniforms, photos, and china. The train will be traveling through various parts of the United States. If you are interested in seeing the train, be sure to click here for the schedule to see if it’s passing through your area.

The Exhibit Train will feature a special Chuggington play area for your little ones.  Your children will be super-excited when they see it!  It might also be a good idea for your child to work on his or her BADGE QUEST ahead of time so that they will be prepared when they go to see the train.  What is the Badge Quest, might you ask?  The Badge Quest is a series of stories and challenges which allow parents and children to interact. Children accept challenges, and upon completion of the challenge, receive a badge.  There are several different opportunities for challenges and badges, which makes it fun and exciting for all.  This opportunity is perfect for preschool aged children.

We at Ty’s Toy Box are also excited about Amtrak’s 40th anniversary celebration, and have an awesome selection of Chuggington toys, including trains, to help you celebrate!  We also have clothing items that you can personalize with your child’s name on it.  Who knows-maybe they can even wear it to the Exhibit Train.

Chuggington Makes Rails

Meet Wilson, Brewster and Koko, three railway locomotives, from the fictional town of Chuggington.  These three fancy locomotives share important values with children such as friendship, honesty, and listening.  Children also learn to resolve conflicts, be persistent, and finish tasks that they began.  These episodes are designed to teach important social-emotional skills in a way that helps preschoolers prepare for their beginning years of  childhood.  Honestly, with all of the wonderful children’s shows out there, you can’t help but be impressed with this one.

Although the show is computer generated, you know that you are getting a high quality show from the same creative team that helped to produce Bob the Builder.  The show is produced by Ludorum plc, a company that was founded in 2006 by Charlie Caminada, Rob Lawes, and Dick Rothkopf.  Rothkopf was the previous chairman of Learning Curve International, a company which designed and manufactured educational toys for children.

What’s most impressive about this series is the unique toys that are out there on the market. I have to admit, when I was a child, I absolutely adored trains.  You can physically move the trains anywhere, which helps to develop children’s kinesthetic skills. You can use your imagination to create a story where the train saves the day.  Your child will truly benefit from this toy.  There are so many options on this website. Check it out, we offer some pretty cool trains! Not to mention games, engines, and much more, perfect for any time of the year. In the words of the three “Trainees,” “Wheels to the Rails!”