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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dinopaws is a preschool series about three dinosaur friends who find adventure and fun together in exploring their world. The stories are very simple and teach basic social-emotional lessons about positive behavior, getting along with others, and emotional control. In some cases, the dinosaurs become role models to younger peers and must modify their actions to ensure they are effective in that role. To that end, expect some negative behavior like bossiness and impatience that inspires the dinosaurs to rethink and adjust their actions in more positive ways.
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What's the Story?
In DINOPAWS, dinosaur friends Gwen (voiced by Amanda Abbington), Bob (Bob Golding), and Tony (Keith Wickham) explore their world, play games, make discoveries, and meet new friends. A parasaurolophus, Gwen is the self-appointed leader of the group, quick to make judgment calls and sometimes quick to show impatience. Bob, a steady and rotund stegosaurus, replies to her hasty mannerisms with a calm and methodical nature. Young Tony the tyrannosaurus rex rounds out the trio and joyfully goes along with whatever his friends get into that day.
Is It Any Good?
Preschoolers (especially budding paleontologists) will enjoy this adorably animated series and the characters' comical antics. The stories show kids the value of trying new things and making new discoveries, and they work in some basic social-emotional lessons organically as well. As viewers watch Gwen, Bob, and Tony's adventures, it's fairly easy to relate the lessons of their experiences to their own lives, especially with regard to making -- and staying -- friends. Dinopaws doesn't forge any new ground, per se, but it's visually appealing and well-tailored to its young viewers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the dinosaurs show that they are friends in Dinopaws. Do they ever argue or have disagreements? How do they resolve them and remain on good terms? What do they learn when they do that?
What do Gwen, Bob, and Tony learn by exploring and experiencing new things? Do your kids like to do the same? Do you have a favorite park, playground, or hiking trail you enjoy together?
Kids: Why is being curious a good thing? To whom do you turn when you have questions that need answers? On the other hand, what can you learn only by doing, not asking?
- Premiere date: January 1, 2014
- Cast: Amanda Abbington, Bob Golding, Keith Wickham
- Networks: Comcast, CBeebies
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Friendship
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: August 12, 2022
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