Holiday Gift Guide: The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train (Review & Giveaway)

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Holiday Gift GuideThe Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train

The Jim Henson Company's Dinosaur TrainIf you have a little one, then you are probably familiar with The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train! Even W is interested in Dinosaur Train from time to time and he doesn’t really show much interest in television. When the Dinosaur Train theme song starts playing, he turns to check it out and watches the entire beginning. Some days he will watch even more.

If you haven’t seen Dinosaur Train, then you’re missing out because it’s a show that I even enjoy. Teaching first grade, I would always have at least one student who was into dinosaurs and I still remember the year that one of my students was a dinosaur fanatic! He could name dinosaur after dinosaur and spell most of the names too! Dinosaur Train is definitely great for those kids and the colors and characters can keep the attention of those who might not be quite as crazy about the dinosaur aspect.

This holiday season, we received a wonderful package of amazing products featuring The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train! We received the Dinosaur Train Time Tunnel Mountain Set from Learning Curve, Mega Bloks Dinosaur Train Playset – All Aboard the Dinosaur Train from Mega Brands, Dinosaur Train Keepsake Ornament from Hallmark, and DINOSAUR TRAIN: T-REX TALES DVD available from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Dinosaur Train products make the perfect gift basket for the Dinosaur Train fan in your life!

DInosaur TrainDinosaur Train Time Tunnel Mountain Set from Learning Curve

The Dinosaur Train Time Tunnel Mountain Set from Learning Curve  is designed for children ages 3 and up.  It has lights and sounds so it does require batteries. Make sure you have 2 AA batteries for this one! It also includes motorized train and 2 train cars. If your child is anything like W he likes anything that moves and if it moves on its own he is even more intrigued. The set features Buddy and Mr. Conductor Collectible figures as well so you have some figures to get started!

This set was fairly easy to set up but it does have some small pieces to be aware of when setting it up. We don’t have a train table or even a coffee table but the train worked well on our hardwood floors. If you have carpeting, I would suggest setting it up on some sort of table. I think the harder surface helps the train tracks stay together better. Setting up in our bedroom on the carpeting led to the train track falling apart repeatedly but once I put it on the harder floor, we didn’t have that trouble any longer.

Buy it! The Dinosaur Train Time Tunnel Mountain Set from Learning Curve retails for $49.99 and is available at Toys ‘R’ Us, Target, Walmart,, and other retailers. I recently found it for $48.92 on Amazon and it ships free with SUPER SAVER SHIPPING!

All Aboard The Dinosaur Train Mega BloksMega Bloks Dinosaur Train Playset – All Aboard the Dinosaur Train from Mega Brands

The Mega Bloks Dinosaur Train Playset – All Aboard the Dinosaur Train from Mega Brands is a great Dinosaur Train product because it can be combined with other sets to mix and match and build your own adventures! I love the creativity that is available when toy sets, especially block sets, can be combined. It opens a whole new world of play!

The All Aboard the Dinosaur Train set features:

  • Buildable Dinosaur Train & Pteranodon Station
  • Authentic colors and design from the Dinosaur Train cartoon
  • Mr. Conductor sticker and big red wheels that spin
  • Bobble head Gilbert, Buddy and Tiny figurines

I am a fan of Mega Bloks because they are extremely sturdy and large enough to be safe for the little ones. We have another set of regular Mega Bloks and they can all be used with the Mega Bloks Dinosaur Train Playset – All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! Plus, W loves the Dinosaur Train figures!

Buy it! The Mega Bloks Dinosaur Train Playset – All Aboard the Dinosaur Train from Mega Brands suggested retail price is $29.99 and is available at Toys”R”Us,,, and I was able to find it on for $33.29.

Dinosaur Train Hallmark OrnamentDinosaur Train Keepsake Ornament from Hallmark

The Dinosaur Train Keepsake Ornament from Hallmark is adorable! Yes, that was my first thought when I got Buddy out of his box. He looks exactly like the Buddy we know and love from Dinosaur Train!

This adorable Hallmark Keepsake ornament is available at Gold Crown and chain drug retailers for the suggested retail price of $12.95. I have not seen these at my favorite Gold Crown Hallmark but I am going to keep looking because this ornament would make a great gift!

We have a tree where we hang all of our Hallmark ornaments because J’s mom gives us a few each year so this will be a great addition. Once W is older enough I will add it to his collection so he can use it to decorate his little tree each year!

Dinosaur Train T-Rex Tales  DVDDINOSAUR TRAIN: T-REX TALES DVD available from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment

If your child doesn’t get enough of Dinosaur Train when it’s on during the day, there is a great new Dinosaur Train DVD. In Dinosaur Train: T-Rex Tales, Buddy travels to Rexville, home of the Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, and learns that he too is a Tyrannosaurus!

The running time on this DVD is 115 minutes. The DVD includes a bonus holiday episode as well as interactive games, coloring pages, and Dr. Scott’s segments. There is also a reference guide for parents included. Personally, I enjoyed finding a holiday episode because I have a soft spot for holiday episodes of shows. I have always liked them!

Buy it! You can purchase the Dinosaur Train: T-Rex TalesDVD on Amazon for $12.99 and it would make a great stocking stuffer!

Formula Mom Disclaimer

If you’d like to put together your own Dinosaur Train gift bundle for a little dinosaur fan in your family, The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train has provided a chance for you to win!

One lucky Formula Mom reader will win a Dinosaur Train Time Tunnel Mountain Set from Learning Curve and one lucky reader will win the Mega Bloks Dinosaur Train Playset – All Aboard the Dinosaur Train from Mega Brands. To enter for your chance to win, please complete the Rafflecopter form below!

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Mariah is a former teacher and mother of a rambunctious little boy living in The Woodlands, Texas. She recently welcomed a little girl into the family and is learning how to balance a toddler and an infant! She works every day to figure out how to balance all of her roles and figure out her formula for being mom! She can also be found at Mommy Mindset Media, Disney DIY and Noise Girls.


  1. Juli Guthrie says:

    All 3 of my boys would love this!

  2. Valerie Peace says:

    My 4 yr old would love this!

  3. Timothy Crowley says:

    My nephew would love this…he loves Dinosaur Train!

  4. I have a 4 year old son and 2 1/2 yo daughter who LOVE the Dinosaur Train!!
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  5. Both my boys would love this – my 5 year old has autism and has barely got a 500 word vocabulary – but he knows ‘hypothesis’ because of Buddy!
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  6. My youngest grandson would love this. He watches PBS and loves trains
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  7. Suzanne Hill says:

    My boys would love this! They love Dinosaur Train.

  8. Bonnye Sensenig says:

    My daughter would think this was great!

  9. My grandson would LOVE to have these toys and his favorite is Tank Triceratops!

  10. Laura Miller says:

    I have a 3 yr old daughter that just loooooves Dinosaur Train!

  11. Audrey Griffis says:

    my 2 year old son would absolutly love any of these items trains and dinos are his fav toys :)

  12. Paula Lee says:

    My grandson would love them!

  13. My two sons would love this. They are so into dinosaurs right now.

  14. Mommydoll13 says:

    my little guy his two favorite things dinosaurs and trains.. he loves this show .. so i know he would be super excited.

  15. Julie Witt says:

    My 5 year old son and my 3 year old grandson LOVE Dinosaur Train, and would be very happy if I could win this for them:)

  16. D Schmidt says:

    My son loves Buddy!

  17. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    My daughter loves Dinosaur Train!

  18. Julie Lundstrom says:

    This would be for my son.

  19. We like Buddy

  20. My nephew would love it!

  21. Pinky Sade says:

    My nephew would really enjoy this!! Thanks!

  22. chelesa sims says:

    my daughter and son would love this

  23. My son would love this!

  24. my nephew would love the toy

  25. sarah shult says:

    My son would love this

  26. My boys are going to love this both dinosaur train and mega blocks…

  27. Trasina McGahey says:

    Well, I would love the toys lol but other than that my daughter would have a ball with them too!

  28. My son would love it!
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  29. Michelle Plummer says:

    My 6 year old son would love this!

  30. Heather S says:

    my nephew loves dinosaurs and he would like this

  31. Jennie Swencki says:

    My son would love this

  32. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My granddaughter Ryan would love this!

  33. SnowflakeDay (Audra) says:

    My daughter would love this. She’s been talking about choo choo trains lately.

  34. My nephew would love these and maybe he would be nice enough to give it to my son when he was done.

  35. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My nephew is a huge dinosaur train fan!!

  36. These will be well loved by the children i nanny

  37. My 3 year old son loves Dinosaur Train!

  38. My son would adore this and he loves Tank and Buddy. Thank you

  39. My son would love this!

  40. My nephew would love this.

  41. Jacqui Odell says:

    my son

  42. heather smith says:

    my daughter

  43. Robin Kirk Murphy says:

    My son would love this!

  44. amy warren says:

    my son walker would love this!

  45. Suzanne Hill says:

    I pasted the wrong thing for my daily tweet today. 12/18:!/DucktorWho82/status/148441892495949825

  46. Jessica Snook says:

    My daughter would love these.

  47. My 6year old son is probably the youngest Paleontologist and he started with Dinosaur Train, he loves the Paleontologist who speaks. He will go through the alphabet and name a few dinosaur names properly from A to Z. He lives and breaths Dinosaur Train, but wishes to get the Dinosaur Track and the DVD’s one day.

  48. sheila askins says:

    this would be awesome for my grandson! thank you!

  49. My son is a huge Dinosaur Train fan! I always hear him singing the song and it is absolutely adorable to hear a 2 year old say “I got a new hypothesis!” LOL
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  50. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My nephew would LOVE this!!

  51. Tanaya Syx says:

    My 4 year old daughter would love this!

  52. All my kids would love this gift! They enjoy all the characters.
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  53. tracie duffield says:

    my grandson would love this—-buddy

  54. Michele Behlen says:

    My grandchildren are too old for this but I would like to be able to donate it to the day care where my daughter works.

  55. Gladys Parker says:

    Leah, Dylan and Kayla would enjoy them! Buddy is their fave.
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  56. Lorri Smith says:

    My grandchildren would love this toy!~

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