Balloon Barnyard

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Colorful preschool show teaches problem solving.

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Educational Value

It teaches children about problem solving, the importance of asking questions, and being willing to search for answers on their own. 

Positive Messages

Friendship and teamwork are important themes. Being curious is also important. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pip and Streak are best friends. They are also ambitious, and aren’t afraid to explore things. 

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An episode deals with being afraid of the dark, but things are more puzzling than scary. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Balloon Barnyard is an animated Australian series geared towards preschoolers. It's about a pair of adventurous balloon donkeys who are constantly trying to solve mysteries around the barnyard. It teaches kids about problem solving, teamwork, and friendship, while highlighting the importance of asking questions.

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What's the story?

BALLOON BARNYARD is an Australian animated series about a pair of adventurous balloon donkeys who are constantly trying to solve mysteries around the barnyard. Yellow balloon donkey Pip and blue balloon donkey Streak are good friends, and are often puzzled by things they see and hear around the farm. With the help of their other balloon friends, they work together to figure out the answers to their questions. 

Is it any good?

This colorful show follows a pair of charming balloon donkeys and their friends as they actively problem solve. Pip and Streak are very aware of their surroundings and are curious about the things going on around them. As a result, they are constantly raising questions about things happening around the barnyard that they don't understand. But rather than simply relying on others to explain things to them, they observe, collect information, and use some critical thinking skills to find some answers on their own. Balloon Barnyard's 7-minute installments are short enough to keep preschoolers' attention spans long enough to show them that it's ok to ask questions about the world around them, and that it's possible to figure a few things out on their own. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that Pip and Streak look for answers to their questions. What do you do when you don't understand something that's happening around you? How can you look for clues to help answer your questions?

  • Which Balloon Barnyard animals help Pip and Streak solve mysteries the most? What do they do that's helpful?

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