Bloop & Loop

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Colorful friends model cooperation and imagination.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show reinforces the process of identifying objects by their shape through simple repetition, which makes lessons more likely to sink in. Episodes are short to suit small attention spans.

Positive Messages

Themes include teamwork, cooperation, and creative thinking.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bloop and Loop are obvious pals who work together to create bubble shapes, and they have a great time doing it. (Bonus: They also take turns!) They don't speak a discernable language, however, so any role-modeling happens through actions, not words.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bloop & Loop is a simple show about shape and form that's designed for the youngest of viewers -- so simple that school-age kids probably won't be terribly interested. Episodes are only a few minutes long, and the format is the same every time: The friends blow bubbles into the air that take the familiar shape of an animal or object, and once the shape pops, they do it again. The main characters don't speak a discernable language but do communicate through a form of ear-pleasing babble.

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What's the story?

Who better to blow bubbles into shapes that babies and toddlers can recognize than BLOOP & LOOP, a colorful pair of pals whose heads are topped with bubble wands? As the friends' bubbles float into the familiar forms of caterpillars, pumpkins, penguins, and more, young viewers will learn the art of imagination with a side of cooperation.

Is it any good?

Parents won't be wowed by Bloop & Loop (and might even find their babble borderline maddening). But that's OK, because this effectively entrancing series was created for a much younger audience. Babies and toddlers will be the most interested by far, thanks to the eye-catching colors, the soothing music, and the bubble-guessing game that never wavers from its formulaic pattern, not to mention Bloop & Loop's unique way of communicating outside the constructs of conventional language.

So what are kids learning from Bloop & Loop? Well, the lessons are subtle for sure, but they include abstract thinking and object recognition -- and if a parent is actively watching with them, learning the names of the pictures they're seeing on-screen. The main characters also do a fair share of positive role-modeling, demonstrating cooperation and imagination with every squeal and giggle.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bloop & Loop's love of babble and the unique way they "talk" to one another. Why did the show's creators decide to make them talk that way? How is it that we're able to understand the characters even if they don't use words and phrases we can recognize?

  • Is television a good learning tool for kids? What are the pros and cons of letting babies and toddlers watch programs such as Bloop & Loop?

  • What makes Bloop & Loop so appealing to young viewers? Is it the colors, the simple concept, or something else?

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