Elinor Wonders Why

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Eager preschoolers' curiosity yields learning opportunities.

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Educational Value

Elinor and her friends learn by asking questions about the things they don’t know, so preschoolers learn about basic concepts of science and nature by watching the characters’ adventures. The series also presents for kids an image of a community whose members have specific roles in the jobs that they fill but also a cooperative need as educators.

Positive Messages

Kids see the value of curiosity and of asking questions as doing so opens learning opportunities for the young characters. Positive messages about friendship, community involvement, and the good that can come of trying new things. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elinor, Olive, and Ari are the best kind of friends; they’re supportive, they share similar interests, and they enjoy doing and learning things together. They’re surrounded by adults who make that happen in lots of different ways but always with the same level of care and kindness for the youngsters.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Elinor Wonders Why is a preschool series whose main characters show that they're excited to learn by exploring and asking questions. The show demonstrates the value of being curious and trying new things, as that's how the characters make discoveries. Adults shine as role models, both in their conceptual awareness and in their willingness to help the kids experience and gain knowledge. Viewers are treated to positive representations of friendship and community involvement, as the characters' explorations also convey information related to nature and science.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byelectrobuzz12000 October 24, 2020

Bores me to death, but my sister likes it

My sister likes Elinor Wonders Why. She enjoys the funny characters and the music. As for me, I find it boring. But the show is targeted for a younger audience,... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 5, 2020

Boring

The show is really boring. The main character is a bunny named Elinor who does boring things like find a teacher and STOP A CUPCAKE FROM SQUISHING. ARE YOU KIDD... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ELINOR WONDERS WHY, a curious preschooler and her friends learn about the world around them by exploring, experiencing, and asking questions about the things they don’t know. Elinor (voiced by Markeda McKay) is a young rabbit with an insatiable appetite for discovery, and her best friends, Olive (Maria Nash) and Ari (Wyatt White), eagerly accompany her on her adventures. By expressing their curiosity and speaking up when they don’t understand something, Elinor and her friends help viewers learn about science and nature along with them. 

Is it any good?

Elinor is the quintessential preschooler: excitable, full of questions, and determined to get them answered. Happily, she’s also not annoying in her persistence, so Elinor Wonders Why is a pleasant watch from start to finish. Elinor’s enthusiasm reminds preschoolers that curiosity pays off and that there’s no educational substitute for firsthand experience.

Elinor’s other reliable resources are the adults in her community who step up to help the kids learn. This communicates two things to the show’s young audience: that adults are trustworthy role models and that helpers of all kinds are important to the overall function of a community. As Elinor and her friends learn about tangible science concepts, they’re also reminded of these more subtle but equally worthwhile life lessons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concepts that inspire Elinor and her friends' curiosity. How do they identify and articulate what they don’t know so they can learn? What did you learn from watching their adventures in Elinor Wonders Why

  • How do the adults in the characters’ community act as role models? Does their willingness to do so invite the kids’ curiosity and questions?

  • What does Elinor Wonders Why say about a community and its members function? Is every person’s role in it equally important? When have community helpers had a positive impact on you? 

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