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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's always a positive message about healthy relationships and being a good friend. Some segments touch on concepts that might be unfamiliar to kids, defining new words such as "camouflage" and "gravity" and illustrating their meaning in the story.
Kids see the Astroblast crew navigate relatable friendship troubles such as feeling jealous of another person's talents, being a sore loser, and competing for a new friend's attention. Negative behavior always leads to a positive lesson that benefits everyone. Traits such as honesty, loyalty, patience, and a willingness to embrace other people's differences help solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Each story shows one or more of the characters making bad decisions that hurt his or her relationships with friends, but the gentle guidance of another peer, and the offender's willingness to admit mistakes, solve the problem. All the friends are curious, helpful, and eager to experience new things.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Astroblast is an engaging preschool series with excellent messages about friendship and embracing differences. All the characters are kind, welcoming, and curious, and each has a unique personality that brings valuable qualities to the group. Of course, the mix also causes some disagreements that must be discussed and resolved, which usually takes the cool head and sympathetic ear of a friend to accomplish. This helps show kids that all relationships have ups and downs and that effective communication is the key to resolving the little troubles that are bound to arise, even between the best of friends.
Is It Any Good?
This charming cast of critters will make fast fans out of young viewers who can relate to their relationship stumbling blocks. Each story sees one of the friends making a poor behavioral choice that makes life difficult for the others until another pal helps set him or her straight. True to life, it's not always a quick process, and sometimes there are hurt feelings involved, but the learning process is a great way to help illustrate the cause and effect of similar scenarios to your kids.
With six very distinct personalities among the main characters and a rotating cast of visitors to the clubhouse-inspired space station, every kid will find someone with whom he or she can identify, and that makes the stories' messages more tangible to its preschool audience. Astroblast could have done more to incorporate more extensive fact-based science content, given its setting in space, but it certainly hits the mark in presenting healthy, supportive friendships and excellent examples of conflict resolution.
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