Picnic Playgound

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Putumayo Kids serves up a colorful mix of tasty treats.

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Positive Messages

Encourages kids to eat healthy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One song talks about having parents who "eat organic."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD brings wonderful world music to kids' ears, with exciting tunes and language exposure. There's nothing to worry about.

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What's the story?

Putumayo Kids takes us around the world yet again, but this time with a smorgasbord of colorful foods and feasts from various artists all over the globe. PICNIC PLAYGROUND includes 12 mouth-watering tracks all about food, cooking, and healthy eating with fun, flavorful beats from France, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Trinidad, Australia, Cuba, and the U.S.A. Picnic Playground includes liner notes in English, French, and Spanish, as well as two recipes showing how to "Eat Like a Rainbow."

Is it any good?

Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing kids to other cultures through fabulous music from all over the globe, and they've done so once more with Picnic Playground. The lyrics are fun, in various languages, and accompanied by music that will get the whole house moving and ready to eat! "Eat Like a Rainbow" teaches kids that a colorful plate "builds my body and makes my brain grow." "Mes Parents son Bio" is a funny French tune that talks about parents who are organic, and Asheba's "Ice Cream" will have the whole family shouting "Ice creeeeeeeam!" This album is a feast for the ears and one you won't mind listening to over and over again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about world music. How is this music different from the music you usually hear? What do you like about it?

  • The songs encourage healthy, colorful nutrition. Do you think the media we consume (Internet, TV) contributes to our eating habits?

  • How can parents encourage good health habits? What can kids do to eat in a healthier way?

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