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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Introduces preschoolers to the pre-reading skills of shape identification and pattern recognition. The key components of storytelling, including setting, characters, conflict, plot twists and story resolution, are also emphasized.
The series illustrates the importance of creative thinking, making new friends, teamwork and perseverance. It also encourages viewers to think of themselves as writters by addressing them as "Storyteller" and asking them to help complete the story.
Positive Role Models
Charlie and his friends are imaginative problem solvers. They're open to making new friends and like to work together. Everyone is willing to take on a new challenge and they don't get discouraged when faced with obstacles.
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 Colorform City: Snow Stories is an educational preschool series designed to teach pre-reading skills and the basic formula for creating stories. An offshoot of Charlie's Colorforms City, this show's vivid colors and delightful animations teach shape and pattern recognition in each episode. Viewers are also encouraged to take on the role of "Storyteller" by using their imaginations to help repeatedly set scenes, create characters and overcome minor conflicts. Phrases such as "our story is getting stickier" and "is this how our story ends?" are repeated throughout the show to highlight what makes a good story. Characters make new friends, use creative problem solving skills and display resilience in this winter-themed edition of the highly engaging series.
Is It Any Good?
The bold colors and playful animation will immediately draw preschoolers into this charming show, and the learning concepts are just right for their age group. The main character engages viewers by addressing them as "Storyteller," directly asking them questions and waiting for a response. The critical pre-reading skills of shape and pattern identification are practiced in each episode. Viewers are also repeatedly taught to create a story by doing things like using their imagination to set a scene and adding in characters to solve a problem. Kids will enjoy the inquisitive and creative nature of the characters. Parents will appreciate the emphasis on creativity, teamwork and perseverance, as well as the lack of annoying repetitive songs and loud sound effects.
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