A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series emphasizes prereading skills like shapes awareness, relative size (large, small, big, etc.), colors. Charlie uses shapes to construct an object that will help him solve a problem, and poses questions to viewers and pauses for them to consider answers before he proceeds. Show promotes freeform storytelling and idea that there's no limit to a story or an adventure of your own imagination.
Charlie's imagination yields stories that are creative and exciting and that challenge him and his friends to solve problems, brainstorm ideas, and meet and befriend new characters. As he considers challenges that arise, he encourages viewers to invent solutions too. Show illustrates benefits of being imaginative, adaptable, curious, and open to new experiences.
Positive Role Models
Charlie gets excited about using his imagination, and his stories invent fun adventures for him and his friends. He's a great leader and teammate, always willing to confront challenges head on and find solutions using shapes and a little creativity.
Products & Purchases
The show and its titular character are inspired by the classic sticker toy Colorforms.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Charlie's Colorforms City is a preschool series that celebrates imagination and creative problem-solving while reinforcing viewers' awareness of shapes, colors, and relative size. Inspired by the logo of the classic Colorforms toys, the show follows main character Charlie (voiced by Jacob Soley) as he imagines new places and experiences for himself and his friends. As the story progresses, they build objects that help them overcome challenges. Charlie talks directly to the audience at times, encouraging kids to ponder their own solutions and answers. Themes of resilience, curiosity, and self-confidence are less overt than the prereading concepts are, but they help round out the learning potential in this colorful, engaging series.
Is It Any Good?
The classic Colorforms mascot is an enthusiastic guide for preschoolers' journey through the wonders of having -- and using -- an imagination. Charlie's world is full of colors and shapes that can inspire kids to identify similar ones in their everyday surroundings, and he crafts solutions to the problems that arise using combinations of those same simple shapes. The reinforced learning potential in this lively show is almost as limitless as is Charlie's imagination.
Charlie's Colorforms City's emphasis on the arts of imagination and problem-solving are less discernable but no less valuable to its young viewing audience. As his stories evolve and new predicaments and opportunities for fun and adventure present themselves, Charlie adapts by considering his options and brainstorming his next steps. It's a thoughtful and methodical process that reminds kids it's important to think both critically and creatively when challenges arise.
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