Saturday, February 4, 2012

Are You in the Know? --- The Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club -- Fun For the Whole Family

Last November, PBS Kid’s EMMY NOMINATED Dinosaur Train encouraged its tiny viewers to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries by introducing new Nature Trackers Club episodes.  Now, the Nature Trackers fun continues with the launch of the Nature Trackers Club online! Parents can download monthly nature-related activities to complete with their children, and even win prizes along the way! 

Murals Your Way creates beautiful, full-color wall murals in 15 different Dinosaur Train varieties to help transform your child’s room into a Nature Tracker clubhouse! No paint, no mess, and the vinyl material won’t damage walls or peel paint!  Visit Murals Your Way to view and order your favorite Dinosaur Train mural, in ANY size to fit your child’s bedroom, playroom or even daycare!  

Stay tuned, as I will be sharing photos of my daughter's playroom transformed into a Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Clubhouse, thanks to Murals Your Way.  I chose this scene, which I can't wait to see on the wall.

Savannah is a huge Dinosaur Train fan.  We have to watch it every morning on PBS, and sometimes catch it again in the afternoon when it repeats, or even on the PBS iPad app.  As soon as the Dinosaur Train theme song plays, I have it stuck in my head most of the day.  At first, I didn't know why Savannah was so into this animated cartoon series, as it was about dinosaurs, but after sitting down and watching it with her (as her father usually watched it with her), I found out why.  These dinosaurs are so cute, you can help but love them.  And, they go on adventures as a family, to see other dinosaurs. Then, at the end of the show, a real-life paleontologist comes on and talks about the dinosaurs featured in that episode.  So, not only are children enjoying this fun animated series, but they are learning about dinosaurs and how they lived long ago.  What a great teaching tool!

Even though my daughter is a huge Dinosaur Train fan, I did not know until recently about the Nature Trackers Club and their website.  But, after spending some time on the website and completing the January and February challenges with Savannah, we are now hooked.  You should see the terrarium we made for February's challenge.  Savannah helps me take care of it daily.  Not only is she learning about responsibility, but she is developing a green thumb early on, which is great!


Do you know about the Dinosaur Train’s Nature Trackers Club? If not, read on to learn more...

What is the Nature Trackers Club?:

Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club is a community of young children, their families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment. Nature Trackers enjoy exploring and having adventures, respecting their environment, collecting things, tracking and observing plants and animals, and challenging themselves to get outside and make discoveries every day. 

How Do I Become A Nature Tracker?:

Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don formed a Nature Trackers Club and you can join too! Print out the Nature Trackers Guide Book to get started. All you need to do is complete a Nature Trackers Challenge, and you’re on your way! And to receive your official Nature Trackers token, complete all four challenges and mail in the membership form included in the Guide Book.* And remember, the first rule of the Nature Trackers club is to have fun! 
Mark your clubhouse with a special sign!
Print Your Nature Trackers Club Sign

*Offer good while supplies last.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more and begin taking part in the monthly challenges, in which you can win prizes.  What a fun way to spend quality time together, than by completing these nature-related activities with your children.  You don't have to be a Dinosaur Train fan to enjoy these challenges.

Disclosure:  I was sent a mural from Murals Your Way, in order to write up an honest review on the product (review to come), as well as share information about the Nature Trackers Club with readers.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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