Our Dinosaur Train fans are having a fun time with the new Dinosaur Train Make A Match game!
In the Dinosaur Train Make A Match game, Buddy and his friends sharpen children’s memory skills in this special matching game that features a Buddy figure! To begin play, 48 game cards featuring favorite Dinosaurs from Dinosaur Train are shuffled and laid face down in 6 rows of 8 cards each. Players take turns turning over any two cards—so all players can see them—to find a matching pair. The game features “Take Buddy” cards, “Wild Cards” and “Lose a Pair” cards to add to the excitement. Players count their matching card sets at the end and add extra points for the player holding Buddy to determine who wins. The Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game is for 2 to 4 players, ages 3 to 6, and is available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and on Amazon.com. Since our players are ages 2 and 3, we leave out the “Take Buddy” cards, “Wild Cards” and “Lose a Pair” cards, and just play a memory matching game.
Both kids have to be reminded that they can only turn over two cards, LOL. Sister habitually chooses the same cards, and then says loudly, “No Match.” It is quite comical. We’ve played the game with just me and the kidlets and we have let Daddy play, as well. He enjoyed it, too!
Yesterday, as the kids and I played, Mister suddenly stood up and gave me a big ole hug and said, “Thanks you so much Mommy for playing Train Match with us, it’s really fun.” Talk about melting the heart!
Sister absconded with the Buddy figure that came with the game. She claims it is hers, and when I ask her where it is she says, “Buddy hiding.” Nice. I don’t know if we will ever use the Buddy Figure as it is intended, but the game is still loads of fun without it.
In DINOSAUR TRAIN, young viewers join Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs, and it has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way.
DINOSAUR TRAIN is a Parents’ Choice Recommended TV series, and the DINOSAUR TRAIN website received a Parents’ Choice Silver Award and was the recipient of a prestigious 2010 Prix Jeunesse Award.
DINOSAUR TRAIN, created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Each episode includes animated segments with live-action sequences featuring a paleontologist who brings to life the show’s natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers, giving specific facts about dinosaurs and comparing their features to animals of today.
In addition to the television series, there is also a DINOSAUR TRAIN interactive website at PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain. Buddy, Tiny and Mr. Conductor guide children as they discover natural history and the science of paleontology through fun games and activities. For information on the DINOSAUR TRAIN geocache program—a fast growing adventure game that inspires families to get out and discover treasures together go to www.geocaching.com/dinosaurtrain. Since my husband enjoys geocaching, we may try this out once the weather improves!
The fine print… I received the aforementioned complimentary product(s) sample to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions express are 100% my own and are based on my own experience. Your experience may differ.