8.6.12

Celebrate "The Great American Backyard Campout with Dinosaur Train Books Giveaway


It's summertime again and you know what that means- vacationing, camping, cooking out and much more fun. Not to mention, no school! As we are an on-the-go family who is constantly spending time outdoors, I am excited to tell you about Dinosaur Train helping celebrate "The Great American Backyard Campout" with Penguin Young Readers Group!

Buddy, my son's favorite Dinosaur Train character, supports "The Great American Backyard Campout" initiative (Organized my the National Wildlife Federation-NFW) on June 23rd! This campaign is directed at reminding parents and children just how important it is to spend time outdoors! I don't know about you, but my family stays outdoors during the nice weather. We love being outside, camping, hiking and swimming!

I remember my childhood, too, and we spend summers pretty much outside! We played baseball, hide and seek, road our bikes and more, but these days children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago (Juster et al 2004); (Burdette & Whitaker 2005); (Kuo & Sullivan 2001). I find it so sad that children these days are addicted to their electronic games and television and would rather do that than actually get out, exercise and spend time in the yard. Did you know that in a typical week, only 6% of children from the ages of 9-13 play outside on their own(Children & Nature Network, 2008)?

I cannot stress enough just how important it is for children to have play time! Children who play outdoors are physically more active, more creative in their play, less aggressive AND show better concentration. I can only see benefits to children being outdoors. It's essential to their health.

What can you do to encourage children to turn off the tv/games and head outdoors? Do your part by joining NWF's "Great American Backyard Campout" is a great way to set an example for children and will help get them excited about the great outdoors! How do you participate in the campaign? Just click HERE to register for FREE! You may choose to campout on June 23th, but either way, the website has many great ideas, recipes, campfire songs and much more to make your experience fun and unforgettable for children. What better way to keep them outdoors!

To celebrate the "Great American Backyard Campout" we are giving away some awesome Dinosaur Train books featuring fun outdoors! Take them on your camping trip, vacation or just read them before bedtime. The kids will enjoy them either way. You can also download Dinosaur Train's Nature Trackers Club Guidebook, filled with fun activities to do during your campout, too! Plus, if you complete the four activities in the guide, mail it in and you will receive an official Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers member token!

Giveaway
One Lucky Reader Will Win these latest Dinosaur Train books from Penguin Young Readers Group:
  • In Dinosaur Campout, The Pteranodon family is going on a campout! This adorable 8 x 8 is perfect for a first camping trip or night away from home.
 
  • And in Ride with Buddy, Buddy introduces readers to his friends and family on the Dinosaur Train. This Level 2 reader is perfect for young fans who are starting to read on their own.

To enter, complete the options below in the Rafflecopter form. One winner will be chosen, emailed and must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize(s). Otherwise, another will be chosen. This giveaway ends on  June 30th at 11:59pm.
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31 comments:

Sue Hull said...

I watch my 4 yr old neice and all I have to do is ask her if she wants to go out and play.I live in a 1 bdrm apt. I have a patio she likes to play on.She writes on my patio with chalk and loves when I take her out front so she can run around on the grass.I blow bubbles and play ball with her. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kiley P. said...

My daughter loves going swimming.

Kristina Pagano said...

When its time to take our 4 dogs out in the morning, My 3 year old LOVES it.

Patricia said...

It isn't hard to get either of my boys outside. They love blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk, but saying let's go to the park works everytime. When they play outside they use up some of their endless energy and that makes me happy.

Janet W. said...

My grandson LOVES to go outside and ride his balance bike around.
janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

Kelly Grant said...

swimming

mummytotwoboys said...

Soccer always gets my sons outside

Anonymous said...

Swimming and riding bikes? julierupert@gmail.com

Stephanie H. said...

My niece love to go swimming, run through the sprinkler, and ride her bike. Plus helping daddy with his yard work is always a blast for her as well she is a real daddy's girl

kyonac1 said...

Blowing bubbles.
kyonac1@gmail.com

ossmcalc said...

Water Balloon time will always get my bunch outside.

Thank you,

Christine W
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Paul T / Pauline T said...

swimming in the pool or riding their bike - emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

polly said...

my grandson loves to ride his bike and run around and catch bubbles
pkeintz@gmail.com

Lilac said...

hehe No need for activities! I mention outside and my son is ready to go!

ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

Shannon Romein said...

Getting out a ball to toss around

jenzen69 said...

The little ones I nanny only need to be asked. My teenagers however... Longboarding

Maureen said...

My little ones love to go out to ride their bikes!

Maureen
maureen.tenney@gmail.com

Libby's Library said...

LOL - when it's time to come in for dinner!

Chevelle said...

Bubbles, Bike, Basketball (hey, these all start with "B"... so unintentional!).... or simply opening the door! He's definitely an outside cat ;) hehe. Thanks!

chevsweeps(@)yahoo(dot)com

Carolyn Colley said...

my grandchildren love to play outside

bellz said...

We play cops an droibbers - he's the cop and he chases me while he rides his big wheel - i just run and try not to get run over

agatewood1 said...

riding bikes!

onesockmissing said...

All I have to do is say the word bubbles and my kids are at the door in seconds.
Thanks,
Michelle W.

Colleen M said...

Our little guy loves to ride his tricycle.

colljerr at comcast dot net

CRahkonen said...

It doesn't matter what they are doing outside, if they are outside they are happy. They do love looking for rocks and bugs, swimming, swinging, and just being outside and being kids.

Unknown said...

swimming

Jan Messali said...

A trip to the park.

Zoe Rae said...

anything that includes water!

Anonymous said...

Swimming!

Helen said...

swimming

Kim Reid said...

Going to the playground!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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