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Counting with Paula

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Smart series reinforces number know-how for preschoolers.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Decent education, but lacking in entertainment

There was obviously some thought and care put into this show when compared to something like Cocomelon, and it is slightly more calm than a lot of other shows, but still doesn't feel like an ideal choice for us. The show will hold a toddler's interest, but the annoying voices, boring scenarios, the 1-dimensional characters, and the unnatural way the characters speak to each other keep this show from aging well throughout the preschool years, and makes it annoying for parents. I do not hate the show, but compared to some of the more enjoyable programs, I will never opt for this. It seems more like educational videos wearing the superficial mask of a story. Very bland. I did not notice any overt violence or marketing, but the show still made use of themes some parents may wish to avoid (pirates, candy, Santa) so each episode will need to be judged on its own merit.

Is It Any Good?

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Counting with Paula is an entertaining way to introduce number literacy to preschoolers. As the characters identify numbers and use them to count objects, the animated Numbers appear on-screen so kids can match each figure with its corresponding name. For older preschoolers with a solid grasp of basic number sense, the show demonstrates practical applications of number and math skills, often incorporating more advanced concepts such as "greater than," "less than," and "equal to."

Besides numbers and counting, the show also uses color and shape recognition in its content, further reinforcing those essential prereading skills for this age group. What's more, the social diversity within the cast exemplifies different problem-solving tactics and shows the role teamwork plays in helping a group fulfill a common purpose.

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