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summer fun with dinosaur train :: review and giveaway

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Dinosaur Train logoOnce again it’s no secret that we love Dinosaur Train here at our house. During last week’s 80+ degree temps Miss Dani was marching around wearing her Dinosaur Train slippers (this from the kid who I can’t get to keep socks on all winter long – go figure).

Dinosaur Train ice cream cake featured imageAnyway, the new offerings from Dinosaur Train are perfect for a little summer fun! After repeated requests from Miss M to throw a dinosaur party, I decided to try the new Dinosaur Train Cake Toppers and Dinosaur Train Cup Cake Rings from DecoPak with my own special twist on summer fun… an ice cream cake!

Now, as much as I enjoy baking, my decorating skills are less than stellar and the thought of baking in the heat of summer sounded just plain miserable.  After some brainstorming, I decided that my version of ‘baking’ would involve ice cream, loads of yummy whipped cream and crushed cookies all topped off by Buddy, Tiny, and the Dinosaur Train cake decorations!

Dinosaur Train them vs. me cakes

The decorations and rings were a big hit with all the kids and I was impressed with how sturdy the Dinosaur Train Cake Toppers were.  I’ve already washed them to be reused for our next cake ‘baking’ experience and even after being played with by the kids (the wheels really roll!) the cake toppers are ready for another round of fun.

Buddy's Favorite Trips bookAfter all the ice cream cake sugar buzz had worn off I needed some quiet time and Dinosaur Train served up some help for me in the form of the new “Buddy’s Favorite Trips” sticker story book from Penguin Young Readers Group.

Each page has a one or two lines about one of Buddy’s many Dinosaur Train adventures that comes with reusable stickers for each page.  There are over 75 stickers for the entire book and with the endless possibilities of moving the characters around this is sure to be a summer favorite. Miss M had so much fun setting the characters for each scene!

Summer fun. Summer entertainment. Thanks again Dinosaur Train!

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Dinosaur Train Cake Toppers :: $9.69 – 3 piece set
Dinosaur Train Cup Cake Rings :: $5.95 – 12 count
Buddy’s Favorite Trips :: $6.99

One lucky SIMPLE reader is going to win a Dinosaur Train prize pack consisting of :: a “Buddy’s Favorite Trips” book, the Dinosaur Train Cake Topper and 3 Cup Cake Rings.  Here is how to enter:

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  • Gianna
    July 15, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I have twins’ birthday coming up this would be perfect for 🙂

  • Christian Alejandro
    July 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I think my little brother would just love it!

  • Emily
    July 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    We’d have a cupcake party with this 🙂

  • Gary Ford, Jr.
    July 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Please Please.

  • Ann Council
    July 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    My great grandson is 3 and loves any and everything train. This would be perfect for him.

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  • Ruby Daniels
    July 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    My son loves dinosaurs, I would probably make a end of the summer cake with it. His birthday was in May.

  • Teresa Thompson
    July 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

    My granddaughter has a birthday next month and she is obsessed with dinosaurs. This would help with her party.

  • Melissa B.
    July 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    My daughters could have a tea party.

  • Melina Ramirez
    July 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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  • Melina Ramirez
    July 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This prize would keep my son entertained.

  • Cheryl Reinhardt
    July 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Have an AWSOME Party !!!!!

  • Sacha Schroeder
    July 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I would surprise the kids with a no reason dinosaur party! They would love it!

  • Joana A
    July 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    i like your cake and i’m sure my kids would love a dinosaur train cake too!

  • Anne Perry
    July 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    my son’s August birthday!!

  • Emillie
    July 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Birthday party!!

  • shirley
    July 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    A big Dinosaur Train party, with a train made from boxes, and the Big Pond could be a childs pool, maybe hidden cut-out pictures of dinosaurs, hid in trees, behind large rocks, or make a large nest from a bale of hay.

  • Sarah
    July 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    My son is turning three this summer – this would be ideal!

  • Masooma F
    July 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    My son has his birthday coming up and he would love for it to be a dinosaur train themed bday!! This could be my starting point!

  • Colleen Maurina
    June 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    We could have a fun dinosaur themed day with some yummy dinosaur dessert and fun sticker play.

  • Darlene Owen
    June 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    My little 3 year old grandson loves any kind of boy toys, he would love this. It is something is older sister probably would not want to take away from him.

  • Cathy Tougher
    June 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    This would be great for a dinosaur train birthday party!

  • JohnZ
    June 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Battle Royale between Thomas and Mr. Conductor

  • Dawn Monroe
    June 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    The book will come in handy during our holiday road trip.

  • Carmen Van Deursen
    June 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Great activity for my little baker and make it a story time too.

  • Janet W.
    June 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    We would use this package to have fun by baking a cake and reading this book while we eat the cake! 😉

  • Emi
    June 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Our kids are at the age where they love dinosaurs so the cake items would be great for a summer barbeque with a dinosaur theme for the kids and their friends.

  • Natalie
    June 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    We will visit museums thank you

  • Erica
    June 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

    We would have an awesome dinosaur train birthday party for my son – he LOVES dinosaur train and is turing 4 in August.