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by Dr. Scott Sampson


Dr. Scott Sampson

Dr. Scott Sampson is the paleontology consultant on Dinosaur Train Read more »

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Some of the many images indelibly etched upon my mind as a youth include paintings of a swamp-dwelling, long-necked gargantuan named Brontosaurus; a tail-dragging, many-plated wonder known as Stegosaurus; and a lumbering, upright terror dubbed Tyrannosaurus. These creatures were not depicted as particularly fast-moving, intelligent, or complex, but they fueled a young boy's imagination to a roaring burn.

Today, these same animals have been transformed. Brontosaurus (now known as Apatosaurus) has emerged from the swamps to be one of the largest land animals in Earth history. Stegosaurus, though still adorned with those amazing plates, no longer drags its tail, and the legs are tucked beneath the body, suggestive of a much more nimble animal. Meanwhile, although retaining its status as prehistoric terror, T. rex has shifted from its previous Godzilla-like posture to a sleeker appearance, with the body held nearly horizontal.

This transformation applies not just to the above trio of dinosaurs, but to all of them. Thanks to many new fossil discoveries studied by insightful paleontologists, dinosaurs have been reinvented and supercharged along the way. No longer the dim-witted, sluggish behemoths of old, modern reconstructions depict dynamic beasts that sprint, live in herds (or flocks), and take care of their young. If all that weren't enough, it turns out that dinosaurs aren't really extinct. They still fly above us (and occasionally adorn our dinner plates) in the feathery guise of birds. And as for me, well, I too have transformed, but that youthful fascination has persisted and today I am a professional dinosaur scientist or paleontologist.

In September of 2008, I was contacted by Halle Stanford, Executive Vice President of Children's Programming at The Jim Henson Company. Might I be interested, she inquired, in serving as science advisor on a new PBS television series for preschoolers called Dinosaur Train. My initial reaction was, "Huh, dinosaurs and trains? That sounds like an unfortunate mix." But the more I learned about the project, the more intrigued I became. Halle explained that this animated series, the brainchild of Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), would feature a kid T. rex named Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon (flying reptile) family using the train to travel around the Mesozoic Era (that is, the age of dinosaurs) and meet various kinds of dinosaurs and other animals. Humans would not be part of the animated portion of the show, so I needn't worry about any confusion about humans living with dinosaurs.

Ultimately, the combination of PBS and The Jim Henson Company was simply too enticing, and I agreed to come on board the project. Dinosaur Train, we all agreed, could be an excellent vehicle, literally and figuratively, to teach preschool-aged kids--and, equally important, get them excited--about the natural sciences. From the beginning, the plan was not simply to focus on dinosaurs but rather to relate them to present day animals, offering children a better understanding of how nature works today as well as millions of years ago.

In order to help achieve the latter goal, each episode would conclude with a live action segment that would feature real kids and address some of the science behind the stories. As the dinosaur scientist on the project, I had a passionate interest in these segments, particularly the somewhat counterintuitive idea that we might use a television show to inspire kids to head outdoors and explore the natural world. In part because I had some previous experience working in front of the camera (for example, with the Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet), the folks at the Henson company later invited me to host the live action segments.

Almost exactly one year (one very busy year) after that first invitation from Halle Stanford, Dinosaur Train premiered on PBS. A total of eighty episodes grouped into 40 half-hour shows will air over the next couple of years. The great stories, convincing characters, and eye-popping computer generated animation combine to transport kids to a wondrous and whimsical world, yet one that is grounded in the latest science. Appearing as "Dr. Scott the Paleontologist," I then have the great pleasure to address how we know what we know, helping to translate the latest (and often stunning) scientific discoveries into brief, kid-friendly segments.

To my mind at least, Dinosaur Train has achieved its goals admirably. The series is ambitious on a number of fronts, including education. The show features many remarkable discoveries--not just about dinosaurs, but also sea-going reptiles, sharks, turtles, and bees, and many other creatures. We firmly believe that preschoolers can learn to think like scientists, making observations about the world around them and using this information to create and even test ideas. In most episodes, Buddy the T. rex says, "I have a hypothesis"; and it warms my heart to have children come up to me, utter that same phrase, and then proceed to demonstrate a real understanding of what it means.

In sum, I am very excited by the success of Dinosaur Train. Kids are learning not just about dinosaurs, but, more importantly, about their own world. At the close of every half-hour show, I wrap up with the exhortation, "Get outside, get into nature and make your own discoveries." I love to think about children doing exactly that, perhaps even observing birds in order to make discoveries about the dinosaurs in their own backyard!

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Comments

Susan writes...

I babysit a 2 year old boy who loves Dino Train! Quite interesting how this show evolved from an idea to what it is now.
Do you have any resources that we can use to follow-up all the great info he is watching?

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Susan,

There are plenty of resources out there when it comes to dinosaurs. The problem is that many are not very accurate. For example, many non-dinosaurs (like mammoths and sea-going reptiles) are often incorrectly portrayed in these books as dinosaurs. One book I do like to recommend is "Dinosaurs: The Most Complete Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages," by Thomas Holtz (Random House, 2007). Although relatively dense, it is very colorful fun to read, with lots of great images painted by Luis Rey. If you are looking specifically for kids books, check out the following website, which lists some top ten recommendations:
http://childrensbooks.about.com/b/2006/10/15/top-10-childrens-books-about-dinosaurs.htm

Finally, if you are interested in a general audience adult book that takes a narrative approach to dinosaurs, you might check out my new book, "Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life" (University of California Press, 2009).

Best wishes, Scott Sampson

Andrew writes...

Where can we find the lyrics for the "Dinosaur ABC's" song that the conductor sings?

Hi Andrew. The folks at Dinosaur Train are working on a printable page with the lyrics and pronunciations! We hope to have it on our site within the next two weeks. As soon as that happens, I'll post an update on this page. You can also check back in Dinosaur Train's Parents section.

Thanks!

Tracey

tina writes...

My whole family LOVES this show! I want to make reservations for the Smithsonian the weekend of Oct 24th. I sent an email to RSVP Monday but it was returned undeliverable. How do I make the reservation?

Hi Tina. Unfortunately, no more rsvp's are being accepted. However, there may be standing room only, depending upon actual attendance. You can e-mail dinosaur@pbs.org for the latest info. Thanks.

Tracey

Michelle writes...

My son LOVES Dino Train - and I love how educational it is - love all the scientific terms that are used, the way everything is explained, etc

My son has been trying to sing the Dinos A to Z song but we are getting stuck with some of them - I know there is the little vid clip on PBS kids (man we have watched it way too many times LOL)

Is there a list any where with the names of the dinos written out??

Thanks!

Hi Michelle. The lyrics (and pronunciations, too!) will soon be available on PBS Parents. We hope to have them posted within the next two weeks.

Look for an announcement on this page (Dr. Scott's Q&A) or check the Parents section on Dinosaur Train's web site. Thanks!

Tracey

Melanie writes...

My son loves the A to Z Dinosaur song, too. If you put the captions on your television, you can write down all the names of the dinosaurs.

kevin writes...

How much bigger than a person is a t-rex?

Note: Edited for clarification by Tracey at PBS Parents.

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Kevin,

Most people are somewhere between 5 and 6 feet tall and weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. T. rex was one of the largest land carnivores that ever lived, measuring over 40 feet long and weighing in more than 11,000 pounds! So it was a whole lot bigger than a person!

Best wishes, Dr. Scott

LUCY writes...

MY KIDS LOVE THE SHOW. MY 6 YR, INCLUDING MY TWINS, THEY ARE ONLY 2 YRS OLD. THEY LOVE THE EPISODE OF THE TROODON AND THE ABC SONG OF ALL THE DIFFERENT DINOS.ITS AMAZING HOW THEY CAN SING ALONG.THANX FOR SUCH A AMAZING SHOW. I APPRECIATE IT.

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Lucy,

Thanks very much. It has been a great pleasure to be involved with this production, and we are all heartened by the enthusiastic response from kids!

Best wishes, Scott

Sophia writes...

It is very hard for preschool kids to understand the concept of time, particularly when it spans millions of year. It is easiest for these little ones to comprehend difficult concepts when you put them in the context of their daily lives. Does the show tackle the issue of explaining what millions of years ago means? What suggestions do you have to help me explain to a four year old how very long ago dinosaurs lived?

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Sophia,
As I said in another post, research on child development suggests that preschool-aged kids have great difficulty grasping concepts like deep time (i.e., millions of years). This is not surprising, however, since virtually all adults struggle with such big numbers too! My suggestion is that you don't try to force a comprehension of such large numbers. Instead I think it works better to speak in terms of "a long, long, long time ago--way before there were any people around." In the show we try to give kids a sense not only that dinosaurs lived a very long time ago, but that they lived at different times as well (e.g., T. rex in the Cretaceous; Stegosaurus in the Jurassic; Eoraptor in the Triassic etc.). The latter point is one that I think young kids can grasp. Hope that helps! Dr. Scott

Ellen writes...

Dinosaur Train is SUCH a wonderful program. What a great opportunity for my 4year, to learn more everyday about his favorite subject DINOSAURS

Debra writes...

Dinosaur Train, on PBS, has captured my little girl's attention. I must say, the concept of dinosaurs on trains is too far fetched for me. But, Lily totally buys into it and is learning alot! She can even identify animals as herbivores or carnivores! Cool!

Stacey writes...

I just wanted to say that my 2 year old son LOVES this show. He has already started spouting off the information he's learned: just yesterday he told the neighbors that dragonflies eat mosquitoes. Thanks for such a great educational and fun show!

Terri writes...

My son, who just turned four, and I love Dinosaur Train. We love the episode about Buddy finding out that he’s a T-Rex. My son, who is adopted, was very excited when Mrs. Pteranodon talks about adopting Buddy. It was put on a level which was very understandable to him.

He knows the names of so many dinosaurs from watching the show. He also loves telling everyone that he has a hypothesis and proceeds to tell them that a hypothesis is an idea that he can test.

One of the funny things I have observed him doing is playing with his toy dinosaurs and saying to them, “I’m Dr. Scott the Paleontologist…” and proceeds to tell them something he has learned. Then he continues and says,”…so get up, go outside, get into nature, and make your own discoveries.” Obviously he is not only paying close attention to the cartoon, but to you too! Thanks for teaching both of us!

Adriene writes...

I am a Mom of 4 children. We are a homeschooling family, and TV is not on in our home much during the week. However....I have had to make time for Dino Train! My four year old son loves it! He has been into Dinosaurs for about two years, and this show came at a perfect time for him. Some other channels have more mature cartoons with dinosaurs, but I am not crazy about the content.
I have no problem fitting this into his preschool time,and following up with educational info at his level. Thanks again PBS for quality programming. Oh and Mazel Tov on Sesame turning 40, me to the big 40. I truely did grow up with PBS and Sesame, and am happy to share it with my kids today.

Adrienne
North Carolina

Tina writes...

We love dinosaur Train! My 2 year old son and myself have learned SO much about Dinos! We are constantly singing the songs, and talking about it. We've also had the added bonus of him wanting to eat more meat "because that's what Carnivors do". We have seen all of the aired episodes over and oer, but we never get tired of them! Thanks for the awesome and very educational show...perhaps I have a future paleontologist on my hands.

Kelly writes...

Hey Dr. Scott! Thanks for saying "yes" to PBS and The Jim Henson Company! My 5 year old son, who has never been interested in dinosaurs, absolutely *loves* the Dinosaur Train and, in just a few weeks, is able to name so many dinosaurs, what they ate, if they had a good sense of smell, etc. I am amazed!

I have only sat down to watch a couple of shows with him, but I didn't notice there being any specifics on exactly how many years ago the creators believe dinosaurs to have lived. Is this done on purpose for those who have different beliefs on how old the earth is and how long ago dinosaurs lived?

Thanks again! You're a celebrity in our home!

Kelly
Colorado

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Kelly,
Your question about the geologic time is a good one. In Dinosaur Train, we do not state how many years ago particular dinosaurs lived. The reason for this is that preschool-aged kids simply cannot process concepts like "millions of years" very well. Indeed this concept is a difficult one for adults too! So rather than burden children with giant numbers full of zeros, we elected to keep things simple and refer only to the three main time periods of the Mesozoic: from oldest to youngest, the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. FYI, dinosaurs first appeared late in the Triassic, about 225 million years ago, and the went extinct (except for birds!) a little more than 65 million years ago. This means that we live closer in to time to T. rex and Triceratops (66 million years ago) than they did to Jurassic dinosaurs like Allosaurus and Stegosaurus (150 million years ago)! How's that for a mind-bender?
Dr. Scott

Kelli Ross writes...

Thanks for quality programming- this has encouraged my very girl-y 5 year old homeschooled daughter to "play in the mud". We have checked out many books from our library on dinosaurs! What an awesome project to be involved in... you are a blessing in our lives. Thank you.

Kelli
WV

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Kelli Ross. It may sound a bit odd, but dnowing that your daughter is out playing in the mud because of Dinosaur Train is one of the nicest things you could share with me. Thanks so much! Dr. Scott

Harrison writes...

Dear PBS Parents,

Your shows are fantastic. I try to watch them everyday on KOPB Portland, Oregon and PBS Kids Sprout. I like your web site. Do you want to know what KOPB stands for? It stands for Oregon Public Broadcasting. I love Dinosaur Trains. Hope you're doing well.

Agent0042 writes...

There was a request for books that could provide more info about dinosaurs. There was a particular book that I didn't see on that list of ten that I thought I should mention. It's called "Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs." It talks about some of the things Dr. Scott was mentioning, about how much of what we know about dinosaurs is evolving. Written by Kathleen V. Kudlisnki, illustrated by S.D. Schindler. Very good book.

P.S.: Love the show-- I think it does a great job with both education and providing a good, entertaining show.

Julie writes...

Our entire family really enjoys Dinosaur Train! Unfortunately, after only about 10 episodes, our PBS stations (Philadelphia and Baltimore) pulled it and we can't watch anymore. I've contacted both to inquire but have not heard back. PLEASE ask them to put Dinosaur Train back on so we can move on from our saved TiVo episodes and learn more!

Hi Julie. I'm sorry and surprised to hear that. Unfortunately, we do not have any control over the programming choices made by our member stations.

I would suggest that you continue to reach out to your Philly and Baltimore stations and share your disappointment with them. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

Good luck!

Tracey

Amy writes...

My son is three and was absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs. I don't know anything about dinosaurs and was looking for a book that would explain the characteristics and names of dinosaurs in a way he could understand without much luck when we saw Dinosaur Train on PBS. What a fantastic show. Now my son, he's 3 remember, is walking around talking about dinosaurs, using their names and spouting little facts about them that he learned on the show. What a wonderful program. Thank you so much for it.

Bonnie writes...

Dear Dr. Scott,

Thank you for taking the time to spend the day at the Natural History Museum today in Washington D.C. My children were really looking forward to today and they were not disappointed! We all loved the new episodes and the opportunity to meet you and Buddy.

Having his picture taken with you and having the opportunity to ask you a question will be a highlight for my son Jack for a very long time. Thank you for being so kind.

Best,
Bonnie

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hello Bonnie,
Thanks for the kind words. The Smithsonian event was a lot of fun for me too! It was great to see all those kids so excited about Dinosaur Train and about dinosaurs in general, spouting off all kinds of facts. I sincerely hope that we will be able to do similar kinds of events in other cities. It was very nice to meet Jack. Please send him my regards.
Scott

Ian writes...

My 4-year-old Love Dinosaur Train--(and Sid the Science Kid), thanks for great programming.

Dawn writes...

My 6 year old son, Jarrod, has been asking some questions so Dr. Scott, here you go.
He would like to know 'exactly' how big his favorite dinosaurs - T-Rex head is along with ALL of the other body part measurements, most importantly his teeth. And where can I find the same answers for ALL of the other dinosaurs, because that will be the next question.
Sorry Dr. Scott, but really you only have yourself to blame!
Thank you for putting such an intelligent show on that encourages so much thinking for our kids!

Dawn - NJ

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Dawn,
Hmmnn. Seems like we've created a bit of a monster here! But I'd have to say that Jarrod's questions are a grand success! How could we ask for anything more? Regarding answers. There are more than 40 skeletons of T. rex known, ranging from youngsters to old adults. The biggest (and oldest) animals were about 25 years old at the time of death and on the order of 40 feet long from tip of the nose to tip of the tail, with a head about five feet long. The longest teeth are about 12 inches long (including the root); think of them as serrated bananas! As for the measurements of all the other dinosaurs, well, I'll leave that research to you. Good luck!
Dr. Scott

Angel writes...

My children were hiking with their dad in central Utah last week and found what they believe is a whole dinosaur embedded in sandstone with most on the outer bones (now rocks) exposed. There were several other fossils in the area and even old pottery shards. Who do we call to report or share this information so that the site can be preserved/studied properly?

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hello Angel,
Hiking in Utah is one of the most wonderful things I can imagine doing, and doing it with kids is even better. It is certainly possible that what you saw was a dinosaur skeleton in sandstone; there are certainly some around in Utah, particularly in the southern portion of the state. I suggest that you contact the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City and check with the paleontology department there. If you have some photos, you can even send them along. The person to contact is Mike Getty (mgetty@umnh.utah.edu). In general, if you are out hiking and think you've found a fossil in the ground, leave it there (rather than digging it up) and notify the nearest major natural history museum. If possible record the location of the site in detail (a GPS is best). Many, many important discoveries have been made by amateurs out wandering around, so you never know! Good luck! Dr. Scott

Jenae writes...

My almost 4 year old and 2 year old LOVE Dinosaur Train. My oldest son goes around saying "I have a hypothesis." I often hear him playing with his dinosaurs and singing the songs from the show. He will ask me is this dinosaur a herbavore? Then he will start singing "I am a hungry, hungry herbavore...."

The most exciting thing I have accredited to watching this show is my son has started pointing out to me bird nests that he sees in trees. I will be driving around town and he will tell me when he sees bird nests. I have always tried to make my boys aware of their environment around them, but I have noticed a big change in their awareness since watching Dinosaur Train. First thing in the morning my sons will ask "Is Dinosaur Train on today?"

Thank you for such a great program... coming from a mom who doesn't like much tv!

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hi Jenae,
Your comment made me smile from ear to ear. One of the things I like most about Dinosaur Train is my sign-off statement: "Get outside, get into nature, and make your own discoveries." To my mind, one of the most important things that parents can do for their children is to make sure that they have plenty of time outdoors--not only to learn about nature but simply to be immersed in it and to feel connected to it. So it's nice to hear about kids making observations about bird (I mean, dinosaur) nests at least in part because of watching the show. Thanks for sharing this! Dr. Scott

Drew writes...

Why are the T. Rex arms so short?
(from a 4yo avid watcher)

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hello Drew,
Your question about why T. rex has such short arms is an interesting one. It is also a quesiton that paleontologists have been asking (and trying to answer) for a very long time. The arms of an adult T. rex are about as long as mine are, but I'm a little over six feet tall and T. rex was over 40 feet long! So yes, the arms were very short for the size of the animal. The honest answer is, we don't know why, at least not for sure. But here are some ideas. It has been said that the arms are so short because they didn't actually do anything. T. rex probably hunted with its head and didn't need arms and hands to help out. The problem with that idea is that the fossil bones tell us that T. rex's arms were very strong; why would a dinosaur need strong arms if it didn't use them? Other ideas are: 1) they were used to help this giant carnivore get up from a lying down position (seems unlikely to me); or 2) they were used like hooks to hold animals they were feeding on (also seems pretty unlikely, given how short those limbs are). So it just goes to show that some of the simplest questions are also some of the toughest!
Dr. Scott

Ann Z writes...

What a great write up! My husband and 3-yr-old daughter and I all love Dinosaur Train. I studied geology in college and was always annoyed at some of the silly and not-so-silly mistakes that show up in kids' stories about dinosaurs (portraying humans and dinosaurs as living together is particularly annoying). Thanks for putting together such a sweet, fun show that doesn't dumb down the science behind it!

I have to admit, I'd been pronouncing a lot of dinosaur names wrong (Ankylosaurus and Giganotosaurus, in particular). I love the part of the segments where all the kids try to pronounce the names - and end up doing a better job than I.

Dr. Scott Sampson? writes...

Hello Ann (and Danielle, Ian, Amy, Kelli Ross, Tina, Adriene, Teri, and everyone else who wrote such kind comments),
Thank you so much for your generous words of support. It gladens my heart to know that Dinosaur Train is already becoming a big favorite among kids, and turning them on to science. Too often scientists are portrayed on television as old guys with beards and lab coats. But the truth of the matter is that almost anyone, including preschoolers, can be a scientist. All you have to do is make some observations, come up with a hypothesis (you know, an idea you can test), and then make some more observations to see if your idea stands up. We have tried to make Dinosaur Train less about learning "facts" and more about how one approaches the world. Buddy the T. rex acts like a model kid, being inquisitive and trying to figure out why things are they way they are. Let's encourage all kids to get outside and be so inquisitive! Thanks again. Dr. Scott

Danielle writes...

Thanks for incorporating positive adoption experiences into your show, my son is 5 and his brother is 3 they are both just starting to understand why they do not look similar and this show used simple phrases to explain why even when I have been saying the same things since they were born.

Diane writes...

I recently retired from teaching kindergarten for 35 years. I now watch my grandchildren while their parents teach. My 2 year old grandson & I LOVE Dinosaur Train. (I always taught a unit on dinosaurs every year). The new knowledge and approach are phenomenal! I noticed that the A-Z Dinosaur lyrics will be coming out soon, but I would be thrilled to give him a DVD of various episodes of Dinosaur Train, especially the one featuring the 'dinoaur alphabet' song. Is there any possibility that this could come to fruition before Christmas?
You would make lots of kids thirsty for dinosaur knowledge VERY HAPPY!!

Hi Diane. Congratulations on your retirement. I bet you have more than a few stories after teaching kindergarten for 35 years!

Dinosaur Train premiered less than two months ago, so it's unlikely that DVD's will be available before the holidays. Once they are on the market, I'll be sure to post that info in this section as well as in the Parents section of Dinosaur Train's web site.

Thanks for writing (and watching).

Tracey

Nicole writes...

Thank you for a great day at the Smithsonian. Our 3 yr old was more than thrilled to be there. It was fun to get creative and figure out why there weren't dinosaurs on the dinosaur train(Metro). He was so excited about the whole day and still hasn't stopped talking about it. I was wondering if there is a recap/photo gallery on the day anywhere and I just wasn't looking in the right spot. He's obesessed, we made a buddy costume for Halloween and he wants to sleep in it. He loves Buddy!

Thanks again for a great day, it'll be with him for awhile.

Hi Nicole. I believe some photos will be up before the weekend. I'll post the link here, so please check back. Thanks.

Tracey

Jody writes...

Thank you for making a fact-filled children's show. Their little sponge brains can't filter truth from pure fiction and this engaging show gives them such a hefty dose of accurate scientific information that even a minimal TV household like mine welcomes Dinosaur Train.

As a direct result of the investigative energy this show put into my kids, we are now reading a great book about coprolites (Never thought I would do that) and my son is begging me for owl pellets to dissect. Science has become a part of our daily lives.

Gotta go, we want time to look for resin on the pine trees this morning on the way to school.

kris writes...

My 3 y/o loves dinosaur train and he loves the alphabet song. Does anyone know where I can find the lyrics so we can sing the song correctly?

Katie writes...

Hello to all. My 2 y/o is Dinosaur Train obsessed!

The good news! Here is a page with the lyrics to the A to Z song. Hooray!:

http://www.mahalo.com/dinosaur-train-a-to-z-song

Finally I can actually sing along!

Michelle writes...

My son is having a birthday coming up and I'm wondering if anyone knows when some party ideas/supplies will be coming to the pbskids.org web site for parents?
Hopefully soon.

Cathy writes...

My son is turning 3 and wants Dinosaur Train for his birthday party instead of Thomas the Tank Engine! Does anyone know where we may get party supplies? Greatly appreciated!

Linda writes...

My grandaughter, age 4 loves your website. Although, she was listening to The dinosaur Poop song which I think is very inappropriate. She will not be listening or playing games on this website until this has changed. Her 12 year old brother asked me to write PBSkids.

Renee writes...

I checked this link to find the lyrics to the A-Z song but all I see is the possible errors in the song. Am I missing something? I can't wait to learn this song! :)

http://www.mahalo.com/dinosaur-train-a-to-z-song

Hi everyone. The lyrics to Dinosaurs A to Z are available on PBS Parents. Now, there's no excuse for you not to sing along with your child. :)

The lyrics are in a PDF file. You'll need Adobe Reader to view them. Thanks.

Tracey

Jazzi writes...

Thank You PBS and Dr. Scott!

Debbie Sanders writes...

My grandson is 18 months old and has quickly learned we have recorded Dinosaur Train for him on the DVR. Have you thought about making toys to go with the series? I would love to own your series on video. I am an education coordinator for Head Start and would love to have this for our classrooms. Thanks for your wonderful program!

kate writes...

Do you have birthday party favors yet? or toys?

I'm sure those would be a huge hit!!!

Hi Kate. There aren't any Dinsoaur Train party favors or toys yet, but some toys may be available this August. I'll keep everyone posted here. Thanks.

Tracey

Courtney writes...

Thanks for such a wonderful show! Both my 5 yr old boy and 4 yr old girl adore Dinosaur Train. They can't wait to watch it most days and are very impatiently waiting for it to arrive on DVD at some point so they can watch it in the car on trips (so they say).

Thanks again for making such a fun (and still educational) show!!

Martha writes...

I respect Linda's comments about the video of every dinosaur poops. But my daugther loves to heard the song and we were looking on the pbs website and we can't find that video anymore or a lyric.
I think that like Tiny the character says " Everybody does it and that is that. Every dinosaur poops". I think that this episode is good went you are potty training and I didn't see nothing wrong about that.

Patti writes...

My 2 year old grandson has been watching Dinosaur train for the last 6 months and loves it.

Will there be any Dinosaur toys coming out, especially the train?

Hi Patti. There may be some Dinosaur Train merchandise available in the fall. I'll post an update here as soon as products hit the stores. Thanks.

Tracey

Sara writes...

My son will be two in a few weeks. This show has combined his two favorite things in the world. He loves it. Thank you. It's hard to find things on television that I don't mind if he watches. A far cry from shows like Spongebob. Kudos to you.

Danielle writes...

I just saw on Amazon that Dinosaur Train merchandise will be available to purchase from there Aug. 1 2010!! I think it's well overdue, but the merchandise looks like it will be great, just hope my daughter will still be into it by the time the toys come out!

Julie writes...

My son (almost 4) LOVES this show. Our whole family has learned so much about dinosaurs. Thank you for such an excellent show. Just wanted to let other parents know that books & toys are on Amazon.com and will be available Aug/Sept (you can see pics of them now). Crossing my fingers that b-day party supplies will be available before his Sept bday!

Jane writes...

HI!

Dinotrain is great, my girls love it.

One girl especially loves the Conductor and we are searching for a costume or pattern for her halloween attire. ANy help would be appreciated!
Jane

Holly writes...

My three daughters and I LOVE Dinosaur Train. My youngest, Sarah, is 4.5 years old, and she is helping us all learn proper dinosaur pronunciation! I really enjoy watching it right along with my kids. Oh, and I can't stop hearing "...roaring round the forest, ty-ran-a-saur-us-REX! ROAAARRR!".
Thank you so much for such a great show.

Danelle writes...

What are the chances of party supplies being available by December 1st? My boys LOVE this show! My youngest will be two on December 10th and is starting to pick up on new words every day. As soon as he sees one of the characters on TV or in the store he yells "Dino Train! Dino Train!". Thanks to Netflix for Wii I have several episodes on standby! Thanks for a wonderful show!!!!!

Sarvi writes...

Where. Can I buy party supplies & favors for dinosaur train!

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