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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Along with plenty of positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and overcoming hardship, this series incorporates some vocabulary (unfamiliar words are identified and defined as part of the dialogue), basic shapes, and other pre-reading skills.
Positive themes like teamwork, respect, curiosity, and self-confidence are integrated into each story. The characters solve problems by using each animal’s special skills when the time is right, and they break down daunting tasks into manageable steps that help them overcome them.
Positive Role Models
The characters are great role models for preschoolers. Their adventures give them opportunities to ask questions, solve problems, and learn from the mistakes they make. Their positive attitude ensures that they never get frustrated with themselves or their friends, and they respect each other’s individuality as an important part of their team. The characters are a mix of boys and girls, and each one’s special skill is equally useful and respected.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that preschoolers will love Animal Mechanicals, a colorful, upbeat series about a group of friends who team up to help other. They'll also benefit from the show's great messages about self-awareness, problem-solving, and having a positive attitude. The characters often make mistakes in their adventures, but each error teaches them a lesson and helps them attack the challenge in a more productive way. The animals put their individual skills to work when their friends are in a jam, which offers positive lessons about the importance of self-respect and appreciating your own talents.
Is It Any Good?
Preschoolers will delight in this energetic series that's set in a colorful world made of blocks, tracks, and cogs. The fact that every part of the Animal Mechanicals land can be disassembled and reconstructed is reflective of one of the show's most positive themes: Mistakes happen to everyone, but with some patience and ingenuity, we can learn from them and start over again. The characters' adventures are full of pitfalls, but it's their positive attitude and ability to work through the challenges as a team that will stick with kids.
Alongside these lessons about cooperation are some equally satisfying ones about self-awareness, and these unique characters are great models of respect and self-esteem. Not only do they all look vastly different from one another, but they also have individualized skills like strength, flight, and speed that save the day at different points throughout the stories. Sure, kids can't boast the same transformational abilities as Rex, Sasquatch, and the rest of the gang, but with parents' encouragement, they can start to identify their own special talents and discover how they can put them to good use.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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