A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shares facts about frogs and butterflies. Explains what it means to observe (using your senses to learn something new) and how observations in nature can lead to new inventions.
Encourages curiosity and asking questions "to get ideas." If you have a problem, all you have to do is be curious, ask questions -- you might learn something to help. Drawing is a great way to record observations. Explorers are called brave. The kids look up to the inventor they meet, and adults encourage the kids to respect nature and its creatures while exploring. Not every idea works; you just have to keep trying.
Positive Role Models
Beatriz is an inventor who speaks Spanish and gets her inspiration by observing nature. The kids are curious and adventurous while trying their best to be respectful of nature while observing.
Animals are featured instead of humans, but one main character is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. Both adults featured, a ranger and an inventor, are women.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elinor Wonders Why: A Wonderful Journey is an animated special that encourages kids to be curious, ask questions, and use observation to solve problems and even invent new things. An emphasis is also placed on not giving up if ideas don't work. There are lots of facts about frogs and butterflies shared, and both of the adult characters, a ranger and an inventor, are women. The inventor is also bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. The friends featured are kind and work well together.
Is It Any Good?
Full of catchy songs and repetition, this new special is the perfect introduction to the scientific method for preschoolers. Encouraging questions and making observations while respectfully exploring nature, Elinor Wonders Why: A Wonderful Journey teaches young viewers that asking questions is good for coming up with new ideas, learning things, and inventing new solutions to problems. The show also encourages making observations, especially in nature, and making drawings based on those observations. To add to the learning, plenty of facts about frogs are peppered throughout the show. Plus, both the park ranger and the inventor featured are women; one is even bilingual. This is a show your children will learn a lot from, both directly and indirectly. Just be prepared to go for lots of hikes with the kids after they finish watching.
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