Friday, May 20, 2022

Celebrate #DinoMAYnia with a National Geographic Kids Dinosaur Prize Package Giveaway! #win

**Books received for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

As a child of the 90s, dinosaurs were a huge deal! I grew up watching dino-centric favorites like The Land Before Time, Dinosaurs, Land of the Lost and of course Jurassic Park. To this day, the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World series remain favorites of mine. 

I am not alone in this love, my kids have likewise developed a love of dinosaurs. That is certainly something that this dino-loving mama wants to encourage. So, when I was given the chance to check out some fantastic dino-centered books from National Geographic to celebrate DinoMAYnia, I was thrilled. Take a look:

Little Kids First Board Book; Dinosaurs
 (ages baby - 3, hard cover, $7.99)
The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic in this colorful book for the very youngest dinosaur lovers! Each spread in this sturdy book features a different dinosaur, along with super simple facts and lively, age-appropriate language to keep babies and toddlers--and their grown-ups--fascinated by every colorful page. Not only will readers learn about a variety of dinosaurs--and how to say their names, they can also find recurring shapes and patterns in the art, while adults can keep their eyes open for occasional funny commentary from the animals. Sidebar text offers additional learning for older siblings or those ready for more complex information.  The Little Kids First Board Books mirror the beloved First Big Books while taking a fresh new approach to excite a baby's sense of wonder and make learning about nature and science fun.

NG Kids Dinos Sticker Activity Book (ages preschool - 3, paperback, $6.50)
From T. rex to Stegasaurus, Diplodocus to Triceratops, this super engaging activity book is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, and more. Dino-crazy kids are sure to love these pages loaded with fun, learning as the go!

So Cool! Dinos (hardcover, ages 3-5, $6.99)
Those sharp, pointy teeth! Those terrifying claws! Those long necks and pointy spines! Let’s face it ... dinosaurs are SO COOLBlending dinosaur art with silly quips and Informational fact boxes about when dinosaurs lived on Earth, stats about dinos, dinosaur feathers, and more, this is the perfect little reader to get kids’ brains buzzing and keep them laughing while learning.

National Geographic Readers: T.Rex (ages 4-6, paperback, $4.99)
Giant teeth! Crushing bite! Slicing claws! And … feathers? Scientists have unearthed new knowledge about the king of the dinosaurs, and now you can, too. Travel back in time to the Mesozoic forests to meet the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn how their bodies were perfectly adapted for hunting, how T. rex parents guarded their nests, and just how much meat they could guzzle down in a single bite. Then explore some of the fascinating fossils―including Sue and Scotty―that have helped scientists make important discoveries (for example, T. rex may not have roared at all!). National Geographic Readers’ combination of expert-vetted text, brilliant images, and a fun approach to reading have proved to be a winning formula with kids, parents, and educators. This level 1 text provides accessible information for kids just beginning to read on their own, perfect to encourage the scientists and explorers of tomorrow!

Ultimate Dinopedia, 2nd ED (hardcover, ages 7-10, 296 pages, $24.99) 
Big, beautiful and gift-worthy! The new edition of the popular Nat Geo Kids Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.

Get ready to meet the record-setting creatures from the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, including the biggest, smallest, smartest, weirdest, deadliest, most notorious, and most mysterious of all time. Young paleontologists can explore fantastic firsts, including the first dinosaur fossils found and the first dinos in space. They'll also meet other rad, remarkable creatures that lived before, after, and alongside them.  Did you know that the largest fish, the largest turtle, and the largest flying animal that ever existed lived during the time of the dinosaurs? Or that mammals – no bigger than a small dog when dinosaurs roamed – eventually evolved into massive land animals? See who wins in head-to-head species smackdowns and enjoy games that complement the records.

1,000 Facts About Dinosaurs, Fossils and Prehistoric Life
 (ages 8-12, National Geographic Kids Books, Hardcover, $14.99)
T. rex, triceratops, pterosaurs, saber-toothed cats! This eye-catching, comprehensive, and “browsable" title is jam-packed with 1,000 fascinating facts about what these prehistoric creatures looked like, how they lived, and the evidence they left behind. Uncover amazing fossil facts about the first four-legged creatures; find out what it's like to be on a dinosaur dig; and marvel at some of the fiercest, most fascinating claws and teeth. Learn how dinosaurs and birds are connected, find out the biggest prehistoric mysteries that scientists are still trying to crack, and sink your teeth into some seriously supersize dino stats.

Your child will be able to do the work of a real paleontologist as they excavate a T. rex tooth replica from the large dig brick with tools similar to what paleontologists use in the field. This T. rex tooth is a very special item because it was molded from a real T. rex tooth fossil, so your child will have the chance to see, feel, and treasure an artifact from one of the most famous and fearsome dinosaurs yet discovered. A genuine coprolite (dino poop) fossil is also included.

National Geographic books are an absolute favorite in my house. We love the bright colors, stunning photography and interesting facts that fill their pages. National Geographic books about dinosaurs? It seemed like a match made in heaven! These books offer a wide variety of options for all ages.

For the youngest dinosaur fans, Little Kids First Board Book; Dinosaurs is great. Now, my children are past the board book stage, but this is definitely one we would have enjoyed when they were younger. Again, it features those great images and facts that we so enjoy, but in a hardy board book that is great for babies and toddlers. 

So Cool! Dinos grabs attention right from the start. We loved the cover right away, and though my daughter again my still be a bit older than the intended preschool audience, she thought this was a quick and entertaining read too. 

National Geographic Readers: T.Rex is definitely a must add to any early reading collection. First of all, these readers are great for those kids who are just learning to read. The text is easy to read and understand for newer independent readers. The National Geographic Readers like this are still packed full of everything we love from the brand. Aside from that, what kid doesn't love the t-rex? I know my children certainly do!

Of all of the books included, 
Ultimate Dinopedia, 2nd ED was probably my daughter's absolute favorite. She loved it so much in fact, she had to take it to school to share with all of her friends too. As the name suggests, this truly is an encyclopedia of all things dinosaur. From big to small, there are so many facts packed into this book to make your child the dinosaur expert they hope to be! My daughter has been reading this one on and off for a few weeks now and is still learning and discovering new fun facts to share with us! This is an ultimate must have for the dinosaur fan.

Dino Records: The Most Amazing Prehistoric Creatures Ever to Have Lived on Earth! was another fun addition that my daughter really enjoyed. We enjoyed learning about some of the more specific records that dinosaurs held and found this to be a really fun, fact filled book. 

Speaking of facts, 1,000 Facts About Dinosaurs, Fossils and Prehistoric Life was another favorite for us! When it comes to National Geographic books, these quick fact books are definitely some of my daughter's favorites. She goes back to them time and time again. With so many quick facts, this is something she can flip through when she's bored and find there is always something new to discover. She doesn't have to have a lot of reading time, but can grab and read through a few facts as it pleases her. 

In my experience, when you take something kids already love and throw in some fun activities and stickers, it's going to be an absolute hit. NG Kids Dinos Sticker Activity Book was certainly no exception there. Immediately out of the package, my daughter couldn't resist breaking it open. There is a wide variety of fun activities like mazes and coloring to keep kids entertained! 

Perhaps the most exciting part of this DinoMAYnia package was the National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig Kit! As much as we love National Geographic books, I must say, we might just love their little science kits like this one even more. They are a great way to bring a love of science to life in a way that is both fun and educational. With this kit, kids are given the opportunity to dig like the professionals to discover a replica dino tooth fossil. While it may be a replica, it's no less exciting to dig up! There is also a small piece of REAL fossilized dinosaur poop as well, so kids get both the replica and an actual fossil too. My daughter already had one piece of fossilized dinosaur poop from one of their geology sets, but she was still absolutely thrilled and very much enjoyed the whole experience. 

From young to old, these dinosaur books and activities have a little something for everyone! Fun facts, stunning illustrations and interesting activities galore! You can also visit the DinoMAYnia website packed full of games, video shorts, facts, and even a dinosaur personality quiz!:

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In celebration of DinoMAYnia, one lucky reader will win a Nat Geo Kids DinoMAYnia Prize Pack, which includes all 8 items described above (ARV $92).  US only. 


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