BELOIT, Wis. (April 26, 2010) — Get on board the Dinosaur Train! It’s a dream come true for young dinosaur fans. Kids will love to play with their favorite characters from Dinosaur Train in a fun and imaginative way with 9 new Dinosaur Train activities and puzzles from Patch Products. Patch’s new line will feature a wide range of preschool products debuting in August.
Expanding on their Take ‘N Play Anywhere™ line, Patch is introducing three new convenient magnetic activities that feature big magnetic pieces that are easy for kids to use and hard for kids to lose! Make-ASaurus™ Magnetic Activity encourages kids to help Buddy and Tiny explore different dinosaur features and they can learn why dinosaurs have these features in the included full-color guide (3 and up). Let’s Go for a Ride!™ Magnetic Playset takes place on the Dinosaur Train and engages children’s imaginations as they tell stories and create fun scenes with 20 magnetic play pieces on a 10 ½” x 19 ½” play board that includes 3 scene boards (3 and up). Go Fishing™ Magnetic Activity is a fun way for kids to help Buddy and his family catch fish (4 and up).
For kids that enjoy arts and crafts, Patch’s Train Ride™ Peel & Stick™ Jr. Foam Art Craft Kit will make a great addition to their craft projects. Dinosaur Train comes alive as kids create 3D scenes by sticking colorful foam shapes on the scene boards. The extra-thick foam pieces are perfect for little hands, and the adhesive makes this craft project clean and easy (4 and up).
Patch is also launching new puzzles that feature bright and colorful scenes with everyone’s favorite Dinosaur Train characters: 50-Piece Floor Puzzle (3 and up), 24-Piece Puzzle (3 and up) and a 60-Piece Puzzle (4 and up). In addition, Patch is introducing their first-ever Wooden Sound Puzzles. Kids ages 1-1/2 and up will be able to choose from two different sound puzzles that have 8 pieces. The puzzles have large, chunky pieces that are easy for small hands to grasp. When each piece is put into the puzzle, kids will hear a sound from their favorite Dinosaur Train characters! Once all of the pieces are in place, kids will be rewarded with a familiar tune from the show!
Dinosaur Train is a lively animated PBS KIDS® series that embraces the fascination preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Each 30-minute episode includes two 11-minute animated segments with live action sequences featuring well-known paleontologist, Scott Sampson, Ph.D. Dr. Scott brings to life the show’s natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers as he gives specific facts about dinosaurs and compares their features to animals of today. This top rated show has enjoyed many rave reviews since its September 2009 debut and was picked by People magazine as one of “The Year’s Best New Kids’ Shows.” Kids love watching Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family as they take the Dinosaur Train on adventures. Now Dinosaur Train fans can play with their favorite characters with these fun activities!
For more information on Patch Products and their Dinosaur Train products, visit patchproducts.com or call 1-800-524-4263.
About Patch Products
Patch Products, headquartered in Beloit, Wis., is a leading manufacturer and marketer of family entertainment products. Games, puzzles, activity kits, collegiate-licensed foam sports toys and classroom teaching tools are the core product lines. Top-selling brands include Buzzword®, What’s Yours Like? ®, Toss Up!®, Swap!®, Smethport™, Lauri®, Tall-Stacker™ and Wooly Willy.® Log on to patchproducts.com for additional information.
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