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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Blue's Clues spin-off lives up to the original's high standards. The series invites preschoolers to interact with the lovable puppy puppet Blue -- who can now talk -- as she and her brother, Sprinkles, play and learn with their friends. Young viewers will absorb important early literacy skills like letter recognition, counting, comprehension, and shape identification, all while dancing, singing, drawing, and pretending with Blue and her buddies. The show also emphasizes teamwork, responsibility, and effective communication.
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What's the story?
In BLUE'S ROOM, popular canine character Blue (voiced by Victoria Pontecarvo), her baby brother, Sprinkles (Joey Mazzarino), and their pal Joe (Donovan Patton) -- now in puppet form, rather than animated – invites kids to join them in interactive fun that typically involves singing, dancing, imagining, and playing games. The trio sets the stage for adventures in outer space, on the farm, through fairytales, and more. They engage preschoolers with imaginative stories that call for skills like counting, comprehension, shape recognition, and creative expression to solve various obstacles incorporated into each episode's theme. In one episode, for example, Blue and Sprinkles handle chores on the farm while Old McDonald (Joe) runs errands. Using a checklist to keep track of their tasks, Blue and Sprinkles ask for viewers' help collecting and counting eggs, distributing the right food to the animals, and milking a cow. When the work is done, the group celebrates by singing \"Old McDonald.\"
Is it any good?
Blue's Room's focus on communication is evident throughout the show, as characters often pose questions directly to young viewers and pause for their responses. Music, art, vocabulary, and storytelling are also incorporated into the storylines, helping preschoolers develop the building blocks they'll need for future literacy. There's so much to love about Blue's Room that parents will be tempted to join in the fun as well. Those who do will notice strong messages about teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence woven into the engaging, educational content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about imaginative play. What do Blue and her friends pretend? Why is it fun to pretend? Kids: What do you like to pretend when you play? Do you dress up? Do your friends like to play with you? What do they pretend to be? Parents can also talk with their kids about each episode's themes. What job did Blue and her friends do? Why was it important? How did they work together to accomplish it? What tools did they use? Kids: When have you cooperated with your friends? Was it difficult? How did you work it out?
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