Monday, September 09, 2013

Why Kids Love Dinosaurs, Plus a Giveaway for a "Dino Dan" DVD 4-Pack! (US/CAN)

It seems like almost every little boy goes through a “dinosaur phase” when he is crazy about anything related to dinosaurs and can identify just about every species that’s been discovered. All four of my boys were “dinosaur crazy” at some point and wanted every dinosaur toy, book, and movie available.

So what is behind kids’ fascination with dinosaurs? Freelance writer and book author Bob Strauss pondered this question for About.com and came up with some pretty good explanations:

• Kids like dinosaurs because the huge, dangerous creatures are extinct, so kids know that dinosaurs are not a threat.
• Dinosaurs are also role models for kids because dinosaurs are big and nobody tells them what to do -- the exact opposite of a kid, who is small and always being told how to behave.
• Kids like the size and scope of dinosaur skeletons, definitely a cool factor!
• Kids like the possibility that, like Matt Larson, a paleontologist for the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research, they too might be able to someday discover dinosaur fossils -- as he did just this summer in the plains of northeast Wyoming!

As you can tell, there are some great reasons why kids love dinosaurs, and this also helps explain why the TV series, Dino Dan, is such a huge hit with kids. This award-winning live-action, CGI adventure series airs nightly on Nick Junior at 5 p.m. (ET) and stars 18 true-to-life, photo-real dinosaurs alongside Dan “Dino Dan” Henderson, played by Jason Spevack. Dino Dan is an ordinary ten-year-old boy with an extraordinary obsession: he eats, sleeps and breathes dinosaurs. A typical day for Dan isn’t complete unless he’s racing a T-Rex on his school track, finding a Pterodactylus in his attic or getting a baby Brachiosaurus back to its mom. But kids don’t need to imagine dinosaurs because, in Dino Dan, dinosaurs lurk around every corner, they're behind every mystery, they fuel every adventure, and they help answer questions, too!

Dino Dan also specializes in getting his contrasting crew of classmates and teachers engaged in his larger-than-life adventures. Not only are Dino Dan’s adventures incredibly fun, but they’re also incredibly educational as each episode centers around a common kid issue, such as having to play with your little brother, going to the dentist, or trying to win at hide-and-seek. Naturally, these lead Dan to wonder how the dinosaurs would act in a similar situation.

As Dino Dan comes up with a dino question or experiment to test his theories, he’s also teaching kids about science. If his first theory proves false, Dan comes up with a partial answer or discovers new information to help him resolve the question. Then Dan discovers a new way of tackling the experiment and the problem is resolved. And since the dinosaurs in Dino Dan don’t speak, high-five, or use deductive reasoning, Dan and his pals work with the dinos’ instincts as part of their scientific method for proving theories.

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Fans of Dino Dan can visit the dedicated Dino Dan website at http://dinodan.com/ to enjoy a number of fun and engaging online games, including an interactive Dig Site, fun Dino Facts, information about Dino Dan’s friends and even download Dino Dan apps. Dino Dan fans can also visit the Dino Dan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dinodantv.

Nick Jr. also has a Dino Dan website, www.nickjr.com/dino-dan/, offering everything to entertain your budding paleontologists, including downloadable prehistoric printables for coloring to engaging dinosaur games and crafty Cretaceous creations, including instructions for creating your own dino 3D mobile, a Dino Dan’s dinosaur nest and even Dino Dan binoculars. The Nick Jr. site also has recipes for fun Mesozoic Meals like giant dinosaur track cookies. There’s even a dinosaur Fun Facts for Parents, which includes a pronunciation guide for dinosaur names like Euoplocephalus!

Finally, kids can watch even more Dino Dan in a special DVD 4-pack through NCircle Entertainment at Target stores nationwide beginning September 24, 2013. With a suggested retail price of $24.99 for four DVDs -- Ready, Set, DINO!; Dino Trackers; To Catch a Dino!; and Cretaceous Creatures! -- the Dino Dan 4-pack also includes a bonus augmented reality feature on the DVD package that, when the code is scanned, brings dinosaurs to life!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky family will win a Dino Dan DVD 4-pack from NCircle Entertainment! This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, ages 18 and over. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, September 23, 2013.



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Disclosure: No products or compensation were received for this post.

95 comments:

  1. my son would probably play the dino dodge first! he loves dinosaurs!

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  2. He would go to the dig site first to look around i think

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  3. My child would most likely like Dino Dodge.

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  4. Nicole D.3:49 PM

    Dino Dodge

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  5. I think my 4 year old would love to play the Dino Duels game first.

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  6. Raise a Dino looks really neat.

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  7. My son would love Dino Duels...he loves dinosaurs abd he likes racing...ty...Lori Jackson is my rafflecopter name

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  8. My grandson would love the Dino Dig! This is a great site!

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  9. dino dodge. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  10. City Saurus looks fun.

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  11. My son would love to play City Saurus first I think

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  12. Heather DeLuna12:50 PM

    Dino Dodge

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  13. They'd enjoy playing Dino Duels. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. My granddaughter would love the Cake Artist!

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  15. All of them! Dino Dodge looks like the most fun!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  16. Dino dodge looks good thank you,natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  17. Raise a Dino for sure :)

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  18. raise a dino crystlebarb@yahoo.com

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  19. Definitely Raise a Dino!

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  20. my daughter most likely like Dino Dodge.

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  21. Think we would play Dino Dodge first to see what the dinosaurs are running from.

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  22. Mine would like Dino Duels.

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  23. Anonymous10:28 PM

    I think my boys would like Dino Duels
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (com) Merry

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  24. Anonymous5:40 PM

    They would like Raise a Dino.

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  25. Dino Dodge! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Reneewalters3 at yahoo dot com

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  26. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Raise A Dino

    Jenny Stanek
    orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. My kids would LOVE the Raise a Dino game! I miss seeing this show on tv, it was pretty cute!

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  28. I think they would love to start with the DIno Dodge

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  29. Shelley P2:40 PM

    The kids would love to play Tailswipe Sports Spectacular first : )

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  30. Dino Dig and Raise a Dino die for first at our house!

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  31. Definitely Dino Duels!

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  32. The dig site would be his first choice!
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  33. michelle tremblett10:24 PM

    My son would love raise a dino :)

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  34. Dino Dodge looks really fun

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  35. I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to
    win a Dino Dan DVD 4-pack from NCircle Entertainment.
    In response to your requirement to Visit the Dino Dan website and then leave a comment on this post
    sharing which online game my child would love to play first!
    My child would like to play Dino Dodge.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!

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  36. Anonymous6:32 PM

    i love giveaways and this one is a super one. my grandson loves dinos. he is only 5 but he can say all of the names and i cant even pronounce them.
    lynn clifton
    ladylynn6185794@yahoo.com

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  37. Daniel M9:32 PM

    dino duels - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  38. Anonymous11:08 PM

    We'd like Dino Dodge first.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  39. Definitely Raise A Dino!

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  40. my son would like to play dino duels

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  41. I think Dino Dodge?

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  42. My son would like Dino Dodge

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  43. Dino Dodge looks fun.

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  44. I think my son would like to play Dino Dodge first!

    Leslie Galloway (LesGalloway //at// hotmail //dot// com) www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie

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  45. Dino dodge looks fun.

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  46. Jodi Cook6:15 PM

    Raise a dino:)

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  47. Claire Rheinheimer9:57 AM

    Dino Dodge looks cute.

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  48. Dino Duels and I admit it, I just played it a few times, lol.

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  49. My son would like the Raise a Dino Game.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. My kids would love the dino dodge

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  51. My son would most love Dino Dodge!

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  52. I think he would play Dino Destination first.

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  53. shirey hicks5:52 PM

    dino dodge

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  54. dino duels looks pretty fun :)

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  55. My son would love these!! We love dinos!!

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  56. My son would love these!! We love dinos!!

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  57. My son would like the Dino Racer one!
    shiebs24[at]gmail[dot]com

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  58. I think my granddaughter would want to play Dino Dodge first.

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  59. Raise a Dino would be his first choice.

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  60. my son would like to play dino duels.

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  61. My daughter would love Dino Dodge!

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  62. My nephew would like City-Saurus

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  63. My son would like Dino Duels. (Roxann)

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  64. My son woud like Dino Dodge or city Saurus

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  65. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Dino Duels would be the game of choice!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  66. Amy would love Raise a Dino

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  67. My son would love Dino Dodge

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  68. our son would love to play dino duels
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  69. She would love Raise a Dino.

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  70. Dino dodge is the one my grandson would love the most.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  71. My niece would like Dino Dig I think

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  72. My son would love the dino destination.

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  73. Gabe would definitely like raise a Dino

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  74. Dino Dodge looks pretty fun :) Thank you!

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