Halloween is just over a week away and already there are several new holiday-esque themed DVDs out for young kids. It may seem early, but my children are enjoying the early mention of Christmas, or at least winter, from these new releases that are also packed with learning (shhh, don’t tell them):
Super Why! Twas the Night Before Christmas – Don’t let the title fool you, sure there is a Christmas episode on this DVD but there’s also a fun Halloween episode – good reason to get it now. Besides Christmas and Halloween eps, there’s also a story about a magic carpet and anoter about soaring to the stars.The DVD also has interactive games, music videos, resources for parents, printable activities and coloring pages. The “Super Why!” television series has received the 2008-2009 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series. It’s a great reading tool for young readers.
Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow – Always a fun learning experience for preschoolers, this Dinosaur Train DVD doesn’t disappoint. Buddy travels to the North Pole, explores nocturnal animals, becomes a detective, celebrates his birthday and more! None of these are Christmasy at all – the closest is an episode on Winter Solstice. There’s also an episode on Mother’s Day. In all, there are eight episodes plus an interactive game, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and parent information. The “Dinosaur Train” television series is a 2010 Parent’s Choice Award Winner and always a source of my 4.5 year old teaching me new things about dinos.
Jolly Holiday – This is a collection sampler of preschool favorites. Ride through a winter wonderland with Thomas on a special Christmas tree delivery. Join Bob the Builder as he joins friends to build a sleigh of their own to make it to the school Christmas Carol Concert in time. See Fireman Sam and his friends get into the holiday spirit with the most exciting Christmas lights display. Finally, enjoy the snow fall with Barney as he teaches Baby Bop that winter is a wonderful time for fun even when it’s cold outside. There’s also a bonus ep of Angelina Ballerina’s Spring Fling.
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet – The Nutcracker is a must for holiday kids viewing and this DVD brings it to life in a new way. Angelina is excited to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase, but her sweet tooth may lead her to trouble. When too many candy canes and Mom’s fabulous fruitcake give her a tummy ache, Angelina learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish – Just in time for the holidays is the first collection of fun, festive, winter-themed adventures in new CG animation with Thomas and his engine friends. Teaching timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, these four episodes all celebrate the holiday season. Whether gathering for Knapford Station’s light display or the Town Square’s Snowman Party, retrieving scattered decorations or the delivery of a very special Christmas Tree-creating box, Thomas fans will enjoy these tales.
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