TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly dinos' adventures teach social-emotional lessons.

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Educational Value

Series intends to entertain rather than to educate, but kids do see the dinosaurs learning from their mistakes and embracing the chance to explore and make discoveries.

Positive Messages

Kids see that the dinosaur friends enjoy exploring their world and learning new things as a result. Often adventures involve some aspect of social-emotional lesson as well, emphasizing qualities like patience and humility through stories that show the results of negative behavior. Strong themes of friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gwen is self-assured and can be bossy at times, inadvertently taking advantage of Bob's easygoing, loyal manner. But when opportunity to learn something and change her behavior presents itself, she does so. Often the dinosaur friends become role models to younger ones they encounter; sometimes it takes them a couple of tries to model truly positive behavior.

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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?

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