Dinosaur Train
Dome-Headed Dinosaur/Treasure Hunt
Dome-Headed Dinosaur The Pteranodon kids and their dome-headed friend Spikey Stygimoloch meet a brother and sister, Patrick and Pamela Pachycephalosaurus, two dinosaurs with enormous dome heads. Spikey bonds with the Pachycephalosaurus. Patrick and Pamela are athletes who invite our kids, Mom, and Spikey along to watch them use their impressive dome heads to play a volleyball type sport called, Dome Ball. Educational Objectives Pachycephalosaurus used their thickened bony dome heads to butt against the sides of other pachycephalosaurs in order to figure out who was the biggest and strongest. Their thick, domed heads were also used for show - to help the species recognize others of its species and to compete for mates.Treasure Hunt Don has a large collection of things he's found in nature, but he's missing one hard-to-locate item - amber. On the Dinosaur Train, Don and the other Pteranodon kids find out that Gilbert is also looking for amber. At Amber Arroyo caves, Don and Gilbert separately search for and find amber, eventually bonding over their discoveries.Educational ObjectiveWhen most preschoolers think of the word "fossil," they think of ancient bones or footprints from the past. Many will be surprised to learn that a sticky substance that trees give off (resin), which functions to protect the plants from herbivores, fossilizes over millions of years and turns to amber. It often encases bits of organic material inside (insects or leaves), giving scientists an interesting window into the past.
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