Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Three Valentine's Day Titles Available Now from PBS Kids (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent screeners from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Help kids get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day by watching some of their favorite PBS KIDS characters express how much they care for their family and friends. Check out these three great DVDs to watch leading up to Valentine’s Day.....


Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine

"“WOULD YOU BE MINE?” features eight stories including “It’s Love Day!” and “Daniel’s Love Day Surprise.” In “It’s Love Day,” Daniel makes special heart cards to bring to school and hand out. While at school, some of the kids explain how they like to say “I loveyou” to their friends and family – Prince Wednesday likes to sing, and Miss Elaina likes to give hugs. In the story “Daniel’s Love Day Surprise,” Daniel helps his mom make a special heart-shaped pizza and finds a way to show Grandpere how much he loves him by setting up a special treasure hunt just for him featuring sparkling purple hearts. The SRP for this DVD is $12.99."

My Thoughts:

After taking in the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live show in Hartford that month, the girls have been all about Daniel Tiger.  They have been playing with all their toys they have acquired over the past couple of years, and we have been watching what seems like a Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood marathon, thanks to their handful of DVDs we have in our library.  So, when they saw this fun Valentine's Day themed DVD arrive in the mail, you can only imagine how excited they were to sit down and watch the episodes.  We have only had this DVD for a few days now, but they have already watched the DVD over a dozen times.  the heart shaped pizza episode had the girls asking to make pizza yesterday, just so they could try their hand at a "Love" pizza.  

If you have a Daniel Tiger fan in your house, this DVD is a must.  It will definitely get your little one excited about Valentine's Day, while letting them get their Daniel Tiger and friends fix. :-)


Wordworld: Be My Valentine

This DVD includes five stories, two of which are Valentine’s Day themed. “My Fuzzy Valentine” features Sheep working to create a valentine song for her best friend Bear. Unfortunately she has trouble finding just the right rhyme to finish her song. With help from Fly, she uncovers the perfect rhyme and makes Bear a valentine with real heart. In “Love, Bug,” Bug wants to sign a valentine for his favorite WordFriend, but doesn’t know how to write his name. With lots of encouragement from Frog he learns that with a little practice he can write his name and give his valentine. The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.

My Thoughts:

My girls love WordWorld as it helps them build their vocabulary as well as teaches them how to spell sight words in a fun and easy way.  If you haven't seen the show and have preschoolers and even those in Kindergarten, then you must tune in to PBS Kids to check it out with your child, as it is an amazing show and is one of the best educational shows that I as a parent can actually see the girls learning something new.  They love spelling the new words they learned, or grabbing a sheet of paper to spell the words and then draw pictures based on the episode they just watched, each and every time they watch this show on television or with one of our WordWorld DVDs, including this one.

I had planned a fun Valentine's Day theme month for the girls and this was one of the first DVDs I shared with them to get them excited about Valentine's Day.  They both agreed that they loved the "Love, Bug" episode.  As soon as they were done watching the DVD they were excited and ready to write out their Valentine's for their homeschool swap. 

This is definitely one DVD we will continue to watch throughout the year, and watch again next Valentine's Day.  I even picked up an extra copy to leave at the grandparents house, as the girls love snuggling up with Nana and Papa and singing the catchy songs of this show and showing them the words they have learned and how to spell them.  

If you have a WordWorld fan in your life, this is one DVD you will want to pick up share with them. 


Dinosaur Train: I Love Dinosaurs DVD

Two of the four stories included on this DVD are “King Meets Crystal” and “Erma and the Conductor.” In “King Meets Crystal,” King Cryolophosaurus is interested in meeting Crystal, but he’s nervous to talk to her. Can Mr. Conductor, Mrs. Pteranodon, Buddy, and Tiny help King overcome his nervousness? In “Erma and the Conductor,” the Pteranodon family is on the Dinosaur Train headed to the Big Pond to watch a meteor shower! Mr. Conductor stops to pick up Erma Eoraptor. At the Big Pond, the Conductor and Erma are interrupted a few times while trying to be alone, but soon find the perfect spot back on the Train. The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.

My Thoughts:

Since receiving this DVD the other day in the mail, it has been on full rotation.  I lost count on how many times the girls have watched these four adventure-filled episodes.  Is your child or grandchild a fan of the hit animated series, Dinosaur Train, which airs daily on PBS Kids?  I never thought my girls would be fans of a dinosaur show, but I was wrong.  And, you know what?  After watching for the first time with them, I was also hooked and fell in love with the Pteranodon family.  Now, whenever the girls see a Dinosaur Train DVD arrive in the mail, they have to stop what they are doing and want to watch it -- even if they have already seen the episodes before.  And, this DVD was no exception. :-)

As soon as I opened the DVD case to remove the DVD, Savannah was quick to point out the two bonus full-color Valentines that are included with this DVD purchase, as shown below:

Savannah called "Tiny," which she dressed up as for Halloween, while Bella wanted "Buddy."  I was thankful that they each wanted a different character card, as it prevented fighting. :-)  I asked who they wanted to send their Valentine's to, and in unison they said "Nana and Papa." So, as I prepped the DVD player, they took out their crayons and began scribbling a message to my parents.  Then, as they watched all four episodes that make up this love-themed DVD, I mailed off their Valentine's Day cards (which are now on display on my parents refrigerator).

Out of the four episodes, Savannah's favorite was "King Meets Crystal," which was about King Crylophosaurus meeting a fellow singer and Crylophosaurus named Crystal, at the Troodon Music Festival.  Fans of the show will remember how King is always shy when it comes to singing and usually needs to be talked into singing.  Well, in this episode, with the help of Tiny and Buddy and the talk with Crystal, the King is able to overcome is nervousness and fear, and sing.  I love watching Savananah pretend to sing like the King, or have her tell me how funny he sound (the King is voiced by Phil Hayes).  I keep trying to tell her that he is supposed to be like Elvis Presley, the King -- but, she just fluffs it off and doesn't pay attention. :-)  Kids!

As for Bella, she is content watching all four episodes and doesn't seem to have a favorite. As long as it has Buddy in it, she is happy. She is easy to please. :-)  Overall, I have to say the four episodes that make up this recent DVD release are truly entertaining and make for a great segway into Valentine's Day with the kids.  While my girls still watching Christmas movies, they are starting to ask for Valentine's Day and Easter movies -- so this new release fits the bill.

If you have a Dinosaur Train fan in your family, this would make for a great gift idea or surprise.  I am guessing that tomorrow during our weekly Friday Night Flicks night with the girls, that they will be asking to watch this DVD again. :-)  I wouldn't object as it really is fun to watch, and the theme song is addicting.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Disclosure:  I was sent screeners from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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