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The Dinosaur Train is back on the tracks again and steaming along on more prehistoric adventures in yet another new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids series. The new collection, Under The Volcano was released in stores and online earlier this month by PBS Distribution. It is yet another fun collection of episodes for the whole family, too. That is due in part to the stories presented in each of the collection’s featured episodes. That will be discussed shortly. The lessons that are presented within each of the featured episodes are just as important to note in the set’s presentation. They will be discussed later. The bonus material that is included with the DVD is just as important to note in its own right as the stories and lessons presented herein. Each element plays its own important part in the DVD’s presentation. Altogether they reveal the collection to be yet another enjoyable, entertaining, and educational ride for the whole family.
PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Under The Volcano is another enjoyable, entertaining, and educational ride for the whole family. That is due in part to the stories that are presented within each of the collection’s featured episodes. The stories in question take the Pteranodon family throughout the pre-historic world for all sorts of fun adventures. And they bring families along for the ride, too. The set’s lead episode takes the Pteranodon family to a volcano that is getting ready to erupt while another—“The Big Mud Pit”—puts Mr. Pteranodon and one of his friends in a little bit of a precarious but hilarious situation. The pair get stuck in the mud pit in question as they are trying to take a dip and cool off. Little do they know that it would lead to them getting stuck and having to be pulled out. “Nature Art” is another good example of what makes the sets featured stories so important to the disc’s presentation. This episode sees the Pteranodon kids taking some old material from the family’s nest and turning it into beautiful art for all to see. It’s a simple story. But it works. It also ties in to the next important part of the disc’s presentation, its lessons.
The stories that are presented within each of this collection’s episodes are unquestionably important to the DVD’s presentation. That is because of the variance in the stories from one episode to the next. They are collectively just one important part of the set’s presentation, though. The lessons that are presented alongside those stories are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories alone. Audiences that pay close attention will notice that there is a distinct difference in the lessons presented here from those presented in many of the series’ previous DVDs. Simply put, the lessons are more well-balanced here than in those previous collections. Instead of just focusing on different dinosaurs in every episode, the lessons focus on a number of topics. “Under The Volcano,” “Old Reliable,” “The Forest Fire,” and “Sunrise, Sunset” teach important lessons centered on nature and science. From one to the next, the angle that is used and the lessons themselves vary quite noticeably. “Nature Art” changes things up as it presents its own original, two-part lesson about recycling and art. “Derek The Deinonychus” and “Triceratops For Lunch” are the only episodes featured in this set that focus specifically on different dinosaur species. Even “The Big Mud Pit” teaches its own lesson as it can be argued that it focuses on the importance of teamwork since everyone had to work together to get Mr. Pteranodon and his friend out of the mud pit. Here again is proof of the variety of lessons presented across Dinosaur Train’s new DVD. They are just as varied as the stories at the center of each episode. Considering all of this the stories and lessons alone show clearly why this latest DVD is such a fun ride for the whole family. They are not the only elements that make it such an enjoyable ride, either. The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to note as its featured stories and lessons.
The stories and lessons that are presented throughout PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD in themselves make this latest collection from the family friendly show another fun ride for the whole family. They are not the only important elements to note in considering this. The bonus material that is included in the DVD is just as important to note as its featured stories and lessons. The bonus material in question is made up of activities presented inside the DVD’s case. The activities are completely different from those presented in the series’ previous DVDs and serve to drive home the lessons presented within the episodes, too. The lead activity, “Make A Volcano” is the most fun for the family. That is because it allows families to do exactly what its title says. It directs families how to make their very own erupting volcanoes using everyday household items. Who hasn’t done this exact activity at one time or another and still love doing so to this day? Exactly. “Cretaceous Cookies” is another fun (and tasty) activity that will put the whole family together in the kitchen. It encourages families to make sugar cookies in the shape of their favorite dinosaurs’ footsteps. All families need is plastic or rubber dinosaur toys. Not only does this teach about tracking and identifying different species of dinosaurs, but it can lead to lessons about tracking other animals’ footsteps, too. Of course it is also, again, a tasty lesson of its own. “Nature Walk Art” is tied directly into the episode “Nature Art.” It leads families to go on a nature walk together and gather items that they find along the way. Those items can include pine cones, sticks, leaves, flowers, and anything else that families choose. Families can then take those items home and use craft glue to attach the items to sheets of construction paper to make their own nature art. This not only drives home the lesson presented in “Nature Art” but also can easily lead to simple lessons about nature, ecosystems, and more. Between this activity and the other two included in this collection it is clear why the bonus material included in the collection is just as important to its presentation as the collection’s stories and lessons. All things considered Dinosaur Train: Under The Volcano proves to be yet another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining ride for the whole family.
PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Under The Volcano is yet another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining ride for the whole family. As has already been noted, that is due in part to the varied stories presented within each of the collection’s episodes. The lessons that are presented alongside those stories are just as important to note as the set’s featured stories. The bonus material that comes with the collection is important to the set’s presentation in its own right. All three elements each present their own importance to this DVD’s presentation. Altogether they make this collection, again, another enjoyable, educational, and entertaining rode for the whole family. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct online via PBS’ store. More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of Dinosaur Train games, activities, news, and more at:
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