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Everything Dinosaur’s New School Website Is Launched

Dinosaur Workshops In School

Everything Dinosaur’s new teaching themed website has been launched today.  This new site, aimed at helping teachers, learning support providers and home educators is packed full of dinosaur and fossil themed teaching ideas, blog articles, helpful hints and free downloads.

Dinosaurs for Schools

Everything Dinosaur aims to help teachers, museums and home educators.

Everything Dinosaur aims to help teachers, museums and home educators.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s educational site: Dinosaur Workshops and Teaching Resources

The new website has been designed to act as an educational resource to help teachers, teaching assistants and other member of the teaching profession to cover science subjects aimed at school children from the Early Years Foundation Stage right up to Key Stage 4 and beyond.  Home educators too, will find this new resource helpful.  Everything Dinosaur’s team of teaching professionals have worked over the last six months or so to provide reliable assistance with the challenges posed by the new curriculum.  The intention is to help learning support providers and teachers by permitting access to dinosaur, fossil and evolution teaching resources that have been checked over by dinosaur experts and fossil collectors, thus providing a reliable set of resources and guides to assist educators as they instil the skills needed to develop an interest in and perhaps a career in the sciences.

A spokesperson for Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is all about getting students to develop scientific skills such as enquiry, investigation, observation and analysis.  For many teachers the challenge will be to help pupils to work scientifically, whilst for those teaching professionals working at EYFS and Key Stage 1 a dinosaur themed teaching topic is a great way to help engage the children.”

Dinosaur Toy Forum Diorama Contest Still Time to Enter

Entries for Dinosaur Toy Forum Contest Have to be in by Sept. 27th 2014

Everything Dinosaur is proud to sponsor this year’s Dinosaur Toy Forum diorama competition.  Not long to go now before the closing date for this prestigious contest (Saturday, September 27th),  so model makers and landscape designers are going to have to get a move on if they want to claim the accolade of creating the best (as voted for by forum members), prehistoric diorama of the year.

Everything Dinosaur Sponsors The Dinosaur Toy Forum’s Annual Competition

Proud to sponsor the competition.

Proud to sponsor the competition.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The rules and regulations for the 2014 contest are as follows:

-Entry is free.

-All members of The Dinosaur Toy Forum, including staff, are invited to participate.  Non-members wishing to participate are invited to register to the forum, this is free.

-Dioramas have to feature prehistoric creatures: from Trilobites to Triceratops, it doesn’t matter, so long as it is prehistoric.

-The deadline for entries is Saturday 27th September 2014. (Entries received after 00.00 hours GMT September 27th will be invalid.)

-One diorama per member.  Once submitted it cannot be exchanged for an alternative entry.

-Entries must be accompanied by a creative title.

-Dioramas have to be new (never published on the web before) and you must have produced the diorama yourself.  Stealing somebody else’s diorama will result in disqualification.

-Photoshop is allowed, but the original photograph(s) must be your own.

-Winners will be selected by a poll open to all Dinosaur Toy Forum members (there will be no professional judges), that will take place shortly after the closing date.  There will be three winners in first, second and third place respectively (no joint positions), as selected by the poll.  In the event of a tie for any position, a tie-break poll will be created. There will also be three non-prize winning honourable mentions.

As well as the honour of the title, there are a range of prehistoric animal models up for grabs supplied by ourselves and we look forward to viewing all the entries.

How to Enter

-Entries will remain anonymous until the winners are announced.  For this reason we request that entrants do not watermark or sign their entries.

-Entries should be submitted as a .jpg file 1000px wide.

-Entries should be sent via email as an attachment to plesiosauria@gmail.com.  The email title should read as follows: “dinosaur diorama contest 2014 – [forum username]“, and the email body should include the diorama    title.

For further guidance Everything Dinosaur recommends that The Dinosaur Toy Forum should be viewed and consulted or emails can be sent to the email address provided immediately above.

To register to join The Dinosaur Toy Forum: The Dinosaur Toy Forum

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur explained:

“The model making community is very well informed about ancient life.  Model makers in our experience, are also very imaginative and we have had the pleasure of viewing dioramas that have been submitted as competition entries in previous years.  We are all really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.”

The very best of luck to all of this year’s entrants, as fans of dinosaur toys and models ourselves we are really excited to be involved.

Woolly Mammoth Diorama

Create a realistic Ice Age Scene

Can you create a realistic Ice Age scene?

Exclusive Dinosaur Themed T-shirts

Everything Dinosaur’s Exclusive Dinosaur Themed T-shirts

The first of Everything Dinosaur’s exclusive dinosaur themed T-shirts are now in stock and team members are running around the office roaring with excitement.  Three brand new designs have been added to our T-shirt range, just part of a number of new additions to the clothing section of our website.

Colourful, Dinosaur Themed T-shirts from Everything Dinosaur

The first of the dinosaur themed T-shirts from Everything Dinosaur.

The first of the dinosaur themed T-shirts from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The T-shirts are all great quality and hard wearing (185 gsm) and with help from our customers, we have set about creating the exclusive designs that have been produced as direct to garment prints.  The pink and the sky blue dinosaur themed T-shirts are available in sizes from 3-14 years (chest size 66cm to 90cm), or in imperial measurements if you prefer, chest sizes 26 inches to 35¼ inches.

The red “Apprentice Palaeontologist” T-shirt is available in age ranges 3-11 years (chest size 66cm to 84cm), or once again in imperial measurements 26 inches to 33¼ inches.

Three Bright and Colourful Exclusive Dinosaur Themed T-shirts

Exclusive to Everything Dinosaur

Exclusive to Everything Dinosaur

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To see Everything Dinosaur’s range of  dinosaur themed tees for children: Dinosaur Themed T-shirts for Children

Our team members are especially proud of the pink (sorbet) T-shirt, which has been designed with budding Mary Annings in mind.  The caption reads: “Palaeontologists think that T. rex girls were bigger and fiercer than T. rex boys – SO WATCH OUT!”

The females of many species of bird, the Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) for example, are much larger than the males.  This trend is seen in a number of Theropod dinosaurs too, including Tyrannosaurus rex.  This is an example of Cretaceous girl power and since we at Everything Dinosaur are keen to encourage girls as well as boys to take up a career in the sciences, we thought it a good idea to create a sassy, dinosaur themed t-shirt with a girl power motif.

A special mention to those hard working guys at Shirt Monkey who helped us with the designs and produce the T-shirts for us.  Is this an example of monkeys and dinosaurs working together?   Whatever next!

To visit Shirt Monkeys: Visit Shirt Monkey

We hope you like our range of dinosaur themed T-shirts, a special thank you for all the customers and Facebook fans who provided us with feedback and advice (we have made these T-shirts available in larger sizes as promised).

All we have to do now is get the photography sorted and of course start work on some new designs…

750,000 Views on YouTube

750,000 Video Views on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Channel

A very big thank you to everyone who has viewed our various video offerings on Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel.  Earlier this week we passed an amazing 750,000 video views.  We certainly don’t regard ourselves as Steven Spielberg, or for older readers a Cecil B. DeMille, but we wanted to post an article to say thank you to all those people who have taken the time to view our model reviews and other videos that we have posted.

Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube Channel Passes 750,000 Video Views

Thank you!

Thank you!

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our most popular video is the review we posted up of the Prehistoric Sharks Toob, a set of beautifully made prehistoric shark models manufactured by Safari Ltd.  This video has had something like 95,000 video reviews, which we are so chuffed about.

Everything Dinosaur’s Most Popular Video (So Far)

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To see our comments on the prehistoric shark models when they were first introduced: Prehistoric Sharks Swim into View

We are all genuinely humbled by all the comments we have received, we do try and respond to each and every one of them and to answer any questions that get raised by viewers.  In total, we have eighty-nine videos uploaded with our ninetieth due to go up today (a review of the 1:40 Deluxe Collecta Therzinosaurus dinosaur model).  Thank you for all the “likes” and feedback and a special mention to those customers of Everything Dinosaur who put up reviews of the models and other items that they have purchased from us.  It is always a pleasure to see such videos and we really enjoy watching them.

Our Safari Ltd Megalodon (C. megalodon) video review is also popular along with a number of our video reviews on various Tyrannosaurus rex models.

We shall continue to make and post up model reviews, aiming to have over one hundred posted by the end of the year, a special thanks to all our subscribers.

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s YouTube channel: Everything Dinosaur on YouTube

Getting Ready for “Back to School”

Dinosaurs for School

The first week of August is nearly over and team members at Everything Dinosaur are busy finalising their teaching plans and activities for the next school term.  It feels like only yesterday we were completing our last round of dinosaur themed workshops in school at the start of the summer holidays, and now we are busy preparing for 2015 and beyond.  Roll on the next school year.

When it comes to equipping young palaeontologists in readiness  for school, Everything Dinosaur has just about everything any dinosaur fan might need.  From pencils, pens, art materials, books, school sets, soft and cuddly school back packs and even school lunch boxes (all with a dinosaur theme of course), Everything Dinosaur is a one stop shop for back to school products and stationery.

Back to School 2014/15 with Everything Dinosaur

Get ready to "roar" back to school.

Get ready to “roar” back to school.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To visit Everything Dinosaur’s website: Dinosaur Themed School Products

The picture shows the new banner which has in the centre of it the soft and cuddly Tyrannosaurus rex back pack that we supply.  Naturally, our dedicated dinosaur experts ensure that a T. rex fact sheet is sent out with sales of this popular dinosaur themed school back pack as well, it is our way of helping to inform and educate the next generation of scientists.

Our new schools website is ready for launch, packed with lots of helpful advice, lesson plans and free downloads for teachers, learning support providers and for those who home school.  For further information on Everything Dinosaur’s work in school visit: Dinosaur and Fossil Workshops for School, our team members have been very busy putting together new schemes of work to help support the new teaching curriculum.

So it’s full steam ahead, now where did we put our exercise books?

Young Palaeontologists Design Dinosaur T-shirts

Competition Winners Receive Their Dinosaur T-Shirts

A very big thank you to the many clever, creative fans of all things Cretaceous who entered Everything Dinosaur’s design your own dinosaur themed T-shirt competition.  We had no idea how powerful social media could be and thanks to all our friends on Facebook, Twitter followers and such like we were inundated with entries.

Our idea was simple, if Everything Dinosaur team members having put down their geological hammers and magnifying glasses, were working on some ideas for a range of children’s tees with a prehistoric animal theme, why not, just for a bit of fun, give budding young palaeontologists a go too.  So we posted up on our Facebook page, Blog, Twitter etc. information about the competition and offered as a prize the winning design being made up into a T-shirt – a sort of “dinosaur designer label” that would be unique to our contest winner.

We had freakish flying reptiles, cute baby dinosaurs, marauding marine monsters, Triassic terrors – all sorts of amazing drawings and pictures sent into us from all over the world.  Fortunately, those clever primates from Shirt Monkey, the direct to garment T-shirt design specialists with whom Everything Dinosaur has been working with on this project, were able to help out and after much deliberation a winning design was chosen.

One of the Many Dinosaur Themed T-Shirt Designs Received

Great  volcano design - thanks Mariread

Great volcano design – thanks Mairead (age 10)

Picture Credit: Mairead (thanks Carol [mum])

The competition was won by 12 year-old Holly who lives in France.  The winning design showed a huge dinosaur foot crushing a tea cup with the caption “T (tea) Wrecks”.  Holly’s mum contacted Everything Dinosaur and asked whether two “unique” tees could be made up as Harri, Holly’s younger sister, wanted one as well.

Holly and Harri Show Off their Winning T-Shirts

"Tea wrecks T-shirts"

“Tea wrecks T-shirts”

Sue Judd from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“This is the first time that we have involved our social media following in a new product range launch such as this.  We had competition entries from all over the world and in addition, we got some amazing feedback as we posted up some of our own T-shirt designs and ideas.  It’s been a real consultation process and we are grateful for all the advice and feedback received.”

Holly’s Winning T-Shirt Design Coming off the Production Line

The winning design comes off the production line.

The winning design comes off the production line.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Shirt Monkey

Holly wants to be a palaeontologist when she is older, with a new dinosaur species being named every 20-30 days or so there are going to be a lot of new dinosaurs for Holly to study.

The Completed T-Shirt “Tea Wrecks” Ready for Shipping

A giant T. rex foot about to wreck an enormous tea cup.

A giant T. rex foot about to wreck an enormous tea cup.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Shirt Monkey

The first three dinosaur themed T-shirts from Everything Dinosaur are going into production next week, and should be up on line at Dinosaur Themed Clothing very shortly.

A Trio of Dinosaur Themed Tees

The first of the dinosaur themed T-shirts from Everything Dinosaur.

The first of the dinosaur themed T-shirts from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Shirt Monkey

The 100% cotton T-shirts will be available in size ranges from 3-4 years up to age 9 to 11 and at each stage of the design process Everything Dinosaur consulted with its Facebook fans and social media followers to seek advice and approval for the work being done.  The use of social media has provided the company with yet more channels to build up two-way communication with its customers and fans.

To visit those clever T-shirt specialists at Shirt Monkey: Direct to Garment Specialists Shirt Monkey

Everything Dinosaur Says Sorry

Our Apologies

A number of Everything Dinosaur customers and blog fans have been experiencing either slow download speeds or a loss of the Everything Dinosaur websites and blog completely.  We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.  Everything Dinosaur’s  on line presence was undergoing essential maintenance as well as a number of upgrades, all designed to improve our customer service.

“Stego” and “rex”,  Everything Dinosaur’s two, plush IT engineers have been helping with the project and they have created a banner which was put up on the company website, Everything Dinosaur that reassured visitors to our website that everything was running OK.

“Stego” and “rex” Make a Contribution to the Site Upgrades

This banner appeared on the website during maintenance

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Note to the rest of the Everything Dinosaur team.  Is it a good idea to have “Stego” and “rex” helping out our IT operations?  After all, Stegosaurus is famous for having a brain the size of a walnut and Tyrannosaurus rex is famous for having very short arms and only two fingers on each hand.

Never mind, essential maintenance done and it’s upwards and onwards from here for the company renowned for its ability to supply dinosaur toys and games.

Dinosaur Summer Party Fun

Giant Inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex

Get into the summer party mood with this super-sized, inflatable T. rex from Everything Dinosaur.  This inflatable dinosaur stands an impressive 1.83 metres (six feet) tall when inflated and is bound to make young dinosaur fans roar with excitement.

Six Foot Tall Inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex

Just add air for lots of dinosaur fun.

Just add air for lots of dinosaur fun.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

This giant dinosaur inflatable can be blown up by a foot pump, a hand pump or good, old fashioned, lung power.  On test, our friendly dinosaur enthusiasts were able to blow it up in about five minutes or so.  This makes a super addition to a dinosaur party, or indeed for use in schools when Reception/Foundation stage children are learning all about dinosaurs.  It was pointed out to us, that this inflatable is actually taller than every member of the Everything Dinosaur team.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of dinosaur themed party products: Party and Birthday Party Supplies

It certainly is an impressive dinosaur.  Palaeontologists have calculated the growth rate of dinosaurs and they too, just like us, had growth spurts.  Tyrannosaurus rex babies probably grew very quickly in their first few years, after all, small dinosaurs could have ended up as lunch for bigger dinosaurs.  From hatching, Tyrannosaurus rex probably reached a length of around two metres within the first year of its life, still, it had a long way to go to reach the 13-14 metre giant that some Tyrannosaur fossils indicate.

Inflatable T. rex from Everything Dinosaur

Six foot high inflatable T. rex

Six foot high inflatable T. rex

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With the debate regarding whether or not dinosaurs were warm-blooded (endothermic) or cold-blooded (ectothermic) or indeed somewhere in between (mesothermic) likely to continue for a very long time, at least young dinosaur fans can relax on the beach with a giant inflatable dinosaur to keep them company.

Microwarmer Soft Toy Dinosaurs from Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Soft Toys – Microwarmer Dinosaurs

Just in stock at Everything Dinosaur and timed nicely it seems with the return of cold and showery weather for most of the UK, are these super microwarmer soft toy dinosaurs.  There are three in the series, a cuddly T. rex (if you can imagine such a thing), a friendly Stegosaurus and a cute Triceratops.  These soft toys have a special pocket in their tummies, inside you will find a cloth sachet that contains linseed.  Put this sachet into the microwave to warm up and then pop it back into the dinosaur to create a super, warm and cosy soft toy dinosaur.

The Microwarmer Tyrannnosaurus rex Dinosaur Soft Toy

A soft toy that also acts as a hot water bottle.

A soft toy that also acts as a hot water bottle.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

With sales of these items supporting the Natural History Museum, mums and dads are going to like them too.  The sachet pops inside the tummy of the dinosaur and it keeps warm for quite a long time.  These microwarmer dinosaurs are so much more practical than a hot water bottle.

The Soft and Cuddly Stegosaurus in the Range

We have taken out the linseed sachet so you can see how big it is.

We have taken out the linseed sachet so you can see how big it is.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Microwaveable dinosaur soft toys make excellent bedtime buddies for young dinosaur fans. We think these are suitable for children from three years and upwards.  A point made by one of our reviewers was that the material was not only very soft but also sensible, it is sponge washable.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of soft toy dinosaurs including microwaveable dinosaurs: Dinosaur Soft Toys

The Microwarmer Triceratops Dinosaur Soft Toy

A friendly, cute Triceratops soft toy.

A friendly, cute Triceratops soft toy.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Each of these microwaveable soft toys measures at least twelve inches in length, the Stegosaurus is nearly fifteen inches long and they are bound to prove popular with young dinosaur fans.  Each soft toy comes with easy to follow instructions.

Microwave advice as follows (based on a microwave with a turntable and on full power)

Microwave rating 0 to 800 Watts – maximum heating time sixty seconds

Microwave rating from 801 to 1,000 Watts – maximum heating time forty-five seconds

If for any reason you heat up your linseed pouch for too long, and it becomes too hot, no need to worry, simply carefully pick up the sachet and place it on a heat-proof surface to cool down.

Design a Dinosaur T-shirt Competition

Design a Dinosaur T-shirt Competition from Everything Dinosaur

Team members at Everything Dinosaur have been working on a number of new ideas and designs for the company’s own range of prehistoric animal themed T-shirts for children.  We have lots of ideas, but we thought to ourselves why don’t we give a budding palaeontologist the chance to design their very own, personalised dinosaur tee?

Please note this competition is now closed.

Stegosaurus has been busy helping the team members sort out all the ideas, but with a brain the size of a walnut, our poor Stegosaurus is struggling – so it is over to you.  Simply design a dinosaur themed T-shirt and email a picture of your design over to us and we will print the one we all like the best and then send the designer their very own, unique piece of “dino wear”.

What Prehistoric Animal Themed T-shirt Can You Come Up With?

What dinosaur themed design will you come up with?

What dinosaur themed design will you come up with?

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Just email a picture of your design to: Email Everything Dinosaur

Remember, we are looking for a T-shirt designed for children, from age ranges 3 -12 years, so nothing too complicated.  Ideally, the design should fit on the front of a T-shirt covering a space 10 inches wide by 12 inches long (25cm by 30cm) approximately.  Apart from that anything goes – a Tyrannosaurus rex  attempting to hang glide, a Triceratops using its horns to help wind up knitting wool, our Stegosaurus struggling with maths – whatever “shakes your sieve” as we palaeontologists say.

Words, pictures or a combination of both it is entirely up to you.

The Range of Colours in the T-shirt Range 

Five colours for the T-shirts being considered.

Five colours for the T-shirts being considered.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed clothing: Dinosaur Clothing Ideas

At the moment our team members (aided by Stegosaurus) are looking at five colour options for the T-shirt range.  There is a yellow, green, pink, blue and a Tyrannosaurus red currently being considered.  Our dinosaur themed T-shirts are going to be quite colourful – how will  your design turn out?

The winning design will be made up into a T-shirt and then this shirt, (once we have the right size measurements) will be sent out to the lucky winner!

Just email a picture of your design to us at Everything Dinosaur: Email the T-shirt Designs

Terms and Conditions of the Design a Dinosaur T-shirt Competition

Automated entries are not permitted and will be excluded from the competition

Only one entry per person

The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered

The Everything Dinosaur name a dinosaur caption competition runs until June 17th 2014.

Winner will be notified by private message sent by email.

Prize includes postage and packing

For full terms and conditions contact: Contact Everything Dinosaur

Please note this competition is now closed.

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