Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Celebrate Father’s Day with Dino Breakfast Menu Ideas and a Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game Giveaway!

I can’t believe that Father’s Day is almost here! Do you make a special breakfast for Dad or Granddad for his special day? If so, the award-winning children’s show, Dinosaur Train, has inspired some ideas for how you can have a special Dino Breakfast made especially for Dad! Here are some healthy, easy-to-make menu ideas that your child can help you make. And be sure you tell Dad that he’s being served “Aboooooooooard the Dinosaur Train”!

T.rex Footprint Pancakes -- with adult help, children shape the batter into the large three-toed feet of a Tyrannosaurus.

Paleontologist Pancakes -- make small pancakes, then stack them up 5 or 6 high (maybe putting apple sauce or sour cream between them), and hiding “fossils” between the layers -- the fossils being pieces of strawberry, banana slices, chocolate chips, and so on.

Stegosaurus Smoothie -- a colorful, healthy fruit smoothie made with a blend of yogurt, a frozen banana, and any other fruit you wish. Serve it on a dish with a rim. In the middle of the dish, place a line of triangular fruit pieces, such as pineapple, apples, or cantaloupe. These little fruity triangles will look like the plates on a stegosaurus’ back.

Triceratops Eggs -- scrambled eggs that have “horns” sticking out of them -- made of breadsticks.

If your child is old enough, he or she can write and design the menu to announce all the tasty food you will be serving. (You can help your younger ones do the writing, of course!) And before preparing any food, have a discussion about safety in the kitchen. What are some jobs that are good for kids to do? What jobs should be handled by an adult?

You can also show your child a clip from Gilbert the Junior Conductor in which the Pteranadon Family enjoys eating breakfast on the Dinosaur Train! Link: www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/artscraftscooking/dinobreakfast.html.

To top off the morning, everyone can gather round to play the Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game! In this game, players choose a character from the show -- Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don, Cory, Tank or Mr. Conductor -- and try to move the fastest along the tracks. They’ll speed through the three dinosaur eras: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. Special Stopwatch spaces help them get closer to the nest, while Dinosaur Crossing spaces send them back. The first player to reach the nest area in the center of the board wins! (For 2 to 6 players, ages 4+, SRP $12.00)

In the afternoon, head out on a nature hike! Explain to your kids that paleontologists sometimes have to explore remote areas, so ask kids to create a mix of healthy nuts, dried fruit, and maybe dried cereal to make Dad’s Favorite Trail Mix to give them energy for the road!

IMPORTANT: Before serving any of these dishes, make sure that no one is allergic to any of the ingredients, or should not eat particular foods because of a family dietary practice, such as vegetarianism.

I hope you and your kids have had a chance to check out Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train show on PBS Kids. (See the links below for more information.) And have fun making a Dino Breakfast this Father’s Day!

LINKS

Dinosaur Train on PBS: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/
The Jim Henson Company: www.henson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hensoncompany
Twitter: http://twitter.com/hensonparents
Pressman Toy: http://Pressmantoy.com

GIVEAWAY

One lucky family will win the Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game pictured and described above. To enter, leave a comment sharing what you’ll be having for breakfast on Father’s Day! You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Wednesday, June 22, 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.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, tamiv!



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82 comments:

  1. We will be going out to breakfast since that is my husbands favorite thing to do. Dorinda@RaisingGreenRichmondKids.com

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  2. We will probably be going to Mimi's for breakfast on Fathers Day and my Husband always had the Five Alarm omlette(That is if I am not in labor ;)


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  38. My son absolutely loves Dinosaur Train. What an awesome game. For breakfast on Father's Day? We will most likely have muffins before we go to church. Brown Sugar Muffins to be exact, which are my husband's favorite. Dinner will be of his choosing!

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  47. We always have Pancakes with Syrup and orange juice. It was the breakfast my father made for my brother and I on Sunday morning.

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  76. we had to be at church by 9, so we just had our usual cereal, but we had steak for dinner

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