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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Get ready for Thanksgiving with Dinosaur Train!

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In addition to kick-starting the holiday season and gathering the family together, Thanksgiving is also a wonderful way to introduce your youngsters to different foods and healthy eating habits as well as family traditions and the customs that mark the various holidays’ celebrations.

As you prepare for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner, involve your child with the menu planning and shopping list. This experience can reinforce counting and basic math skills, provides a visual example of how we can combine things to make something totally different, and can also be used to invite picky eaters to try new foods.

In fact, the Dinosaur Train webpage has a fun family project called Hungry Herbivores ( that can be used to construct a Thanksgiving dinner for modern day animals that enjoy a plant-based diet (herbivores). This fun project can also be used to encourage your child to eat Thanksgiving dishes like squash, green beans and other vegetables, just like the animals in the project.

One Thanksgiving tradition that is practiced in many homes throughout the nation is the expression of gratitude. As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, take a moment to go around the table and ask everyone to share what they are thankful for, young and old alike. The responses can sometimes surprise you, and often remind us of the little things we forget over the course of a year.

You can also use post-Thanksgiving dinnertime to discuss plans for the rest of the holiday season. Put the young ones in some cozy Dinosaur Train themed pajamas and slippers and read one of the many holiday-themed stories that they love:

I was lucky enough to get a pair of Dinosaur Train pajamas for my four year old.  He loved them.  He has this thing he's going through right now where he wants to wear shorts ALL the time.  So...this set is perfect as it comes with short sleeves, pants, and shorts.  It's a great, durable set that will be worn all year long!  The slippers I got were a size Large and were a little too small for him.  I am thinking they run just a tad small.  But, they are super cute and my 2 year old will grow into them soon enough. They are also durable and I see them getting a lot of wear!

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