Color Crew

 
Simple toddler series teaches colors through repetition.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Color names and qualities are reinforced through repetition, and the show's simple format highlights one at a time, making it easier for kids to retain the information. That said, the very youngest of viewers will learn best through interaction with caregivers rather than a screen.

Positive messages

The show's crayon characters are visually diverse, and each one has a specific job to do. When they work together, they bring a palette of colors to the scenes. On the other hand, because each color's job is predetermined and never strays from the norm (the sky is always blue, frogs are always green, for example), there's little room for creativity in completing the pictures.

Positive role models

The crayons' cheerfulness shows they love what they do, and even though each scenario spotlights the work of just one of them, the others join in to complement his work at the story's end. The resident eraser is less jovial than are his colorful counterparts and seems quite grumpy as he erases the crayons' mistakes.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Color Crew encourages kids' familiarity with the names and qualities of basic colors. The unique crayon characters reflect diversity but also inclusion as they join forces to embellish a series of black-and-white scenes. Each segment spotlights the work of one color in particular, giving ample time for viewers' retention through repetition. Even though the show favors conformity over creativity in its color assignments (a yellow sky is promptly erased by a stern-looking eraser, for instance), the end result is visually pleasing for kids. The show's repetitive pace is more likely to appeal to the very youngest of viewers, whom studies show learn best from loving caregivers rather than from watching videos, so that's something for parents to keep in mind.

What's the story?

COLOR CREW stars nine crayons of various hues that fill in a series of black-and-white picture pages as they teach kids the names and appearances of individual colors. Each scenario features the work of one crayon, who fills in his color-appropriate images in the picture before his friends come along to do their part in completing the work. When he colors a section of the page that's not meant for his shade, an eraser appears to undo his mistake before one of his pals takes over.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This simplistic series is geared toward very young toddlers (or even babies) and teaches through lots of repetition that might wear on the parents who tune in. There's no dialogue, save the crayons' constant reminders of their names ("Brown!" "Green!" "Blue!") as they color their parts of the page, and the show's pace is slow and formulaic, all of which maximizes toddlers' retention of the information.

While Color Crew doesn't claim to teach art appreciation, it does follow some notably stringent guidelines regarding the different colors' purposes, which restricts the type of creativity many youngsters enjoy in their own coloring. Here teddy bears are always brown, frogs are always green, and a tennis ball that's shaded brown is quickly erased before yellow "fixes" the problem. This leaves little room for variety or color exploration, but it does reinforce the show's primary focus on basic color recognition.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how colors combine to enhance the world around them. Kids: Which colors do you see in the scenery outside? How do they change with the seasons? Can you find all those colors in your crayon box?

  • Kids: What job does each crayon perform? If one was missing, how would the overall picture be affected? What unique qualities do you bring to your family's picture?

  • Families can expand on this show's content by doing their own artwork. Use a variety of colors and blending techniques to create one-of-a-kind pictures with your toddlers. How do colors combine to make new ones? What creative combinations can you make? 

TV details

Network:Online
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Arts and dance
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 9 years old December 22, 2013
age 2+
 

babyish

this stuff is for babies, and is a bit annoying. but it teaches about colors, but still, they go like BUAHAHA the whole time.
Parent of a 10 and 17 year old Written byAngelos Tsiaklis December 13, 2013
age 18+
 

chysing

cusing
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Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old November 1, 2014
age 2+
 

dissapointing just dissapointing

just started today ok heres something not offensive or nothing it is so bad and awful show your kids pokemon sesame street not this extrene dissapointing crappy garbage OK HERE AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Too much consumerism

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