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Dinosaur Discoveries

Learning Goals


Harnessing children’s enthusiasm for and curiosity about dinosaurs, Dinosaur Train sparks 3 to 6 year-old children’s interest in life science and natural history. The show encourages children to compare the characteristics of ancient animals with those that are alive today.  As they explore a variety of interesting animals past and present, children develop the inquiry skills and core knowledge needed to help them think, talk and act like scientists.

To fulfill this mission, Dinosaur Train will:

  • Spark children’s interest in science, especially life Science, Natural Science and Paleontology.
  • Develop children’s inquiry skills to help children think like scientists, by engaging in the following behaviors: asking questions, making observations, making predictions, making connections, forming hypotheses / developing possible explanations, investigating and exploring the natural world, drawing conclusions, and sharing findings with others.
  • Provide core science knowledge to enable children to explore the worlds of life science, natural science and paleontology.
  • Inspire children to visit local science and natural history museums, go on “fossil hunts,” and conduct their own explorations and investigations about the nautral world.

Produced by: Support from:
Henson Company logo   Gymboree Chuck E. Cheese
2012 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON'S mark & logo, DINOSAUR TRAIN mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved.

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