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Dinosaur Train Celebrates National Nutrition Month with Nutritious Activities and a Dinosaur Train World Tour DVD Giveaway!

Posted Mar 13 2011 10:30pm
March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Eat Right with Color,” encourages us to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on our plates every day.

To help parents, the American Dietetic Association provides many resources available at . They even have a downloadable PDF listing 25 healthy snacks for kids, including these five great ideas
1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.

2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”

3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.

4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.

5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.

A healthy diet is important to us all, just as it was to dinosaurs many years ago. Buddy, from PBS Kids’ hit television series Dinosaur Train, can help you and your child prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic. The Have A Brachiosaurus Picnic activity helps young children learn what foods fit into an herbivore’s diet (fruits and vegetables); reminds children about the importance of hand washing before eating; and also creates an opportunity to discuss why all animals need to eliminate waste from their bodies (a.k.a. “poop”). The downloadable PDF file provides the ingredients to prepare a Brachiosaurus Picnic, with fun food items on the menu, including:

o Brachiosaurus Super Salad: The kids will have fun tearing up green leafy veggies into bite-size pieces and mixing ranch dressing with green coloring to make a tasty topping.

o Sauropod Sandwich: With a plastic knife, cut pieces of whole wheat bread in the shape of a favorite dinosaur and spread with cheese spread or peanut butter.

o Herbivore Herb and Spinach Spread: Mix frozen spinach, dried onion soup mix, sour cream, celery sticks and crackers.

o Green Juice: Fill a child’s plastic cup with apple juice and add green food color to make a green beverage fit for an herbivore.

And, as we all know, digestion is a very important part of keeping healthy for humans … and dinosaurs back in the day! Click here to watch the video clip of the song “Every Dinosaur Poops” and talk about why every animal needs to go, and what would happen if the animal didn’t poop out the parts of the food its body didn’t need.

Another fun way to explore “poop” is with Uncle Milton’s new Dinosaur Train Dino Poop Kit , just one of a range of new science-themed toys geared to make science more interesting, engaging and accessible for children. With the Dino Poop Kit, kids can discover what the dinosaur had for lunch! Did he have fish or did he eat a plant? Once kids find pieces of what he ate, they can put them together to create their own fossil imprint to figure it out! It’s okay, parents, it’s not real poop … it’s soft, pliable dino dough! Available at Toys ”R” Us (SRP: $7.99, ages 4+).

The hit television series Dinosaur Train® airs daily on PBS KIDS® (check local listings).


Dinosaur Train on PBS Kids:
The Jim Henson Company:
Have A Brachiosaurus Picnic activity


To celebrate National Nutrition Month, one lucky winner will receive the Dinosaur Train: Pteranodon Family World Tour Adventure DVD, which will be released on March 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment and PBS Kids! Get on board the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive family of Pteranodons as they embark on a roaring, exploring world tour adventure to discover a variety of dinosaurs inhabiting the globe as they journey to Asia, Europe and Africa. From the world-renowned Jim Henson Company, PBS KIDS and Paramount Home Entertainment, the Dinosaur Train: Pteranodon Family World Tour Adventure DVD includes eight exciting edu-tainment adventures, interactive games, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and parent information.

Mandatory entry: To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite tip for getting your kids to eat a healthy snack! You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Sunday, March 27, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

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