A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lots of age-appropriate STEM learning throughout.
Emphasizes how fun it is to learn about science, and that making mistakes is all part of being a good scientist.
Positive Role Models
Main character is a female scientist. Kid scientists are diverse, and all show a lot of enthusiasm for science and learning. They also model that it's OK for your prediction to be wrong, and that's how you learn.
Products & Purchases
Fleeting glimpses of logos on kids' clothing, not mentioned by name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Emily's Wonder Lab is an excellent series that will get kids excited about science. Hosted by science expert Emily Calandrelli and six kid scientists, each episode focuses on a theme, like "fluorescence" or "non-Newtonian fluids." The science content is more geared toward kids age 5+, but the show is otherwise appropriate for younger kids. There are brief glimpses of brand logos on the kids' clothing.
Is It Any Good?
Emily is the science teacher we all wish we had as young kids. Her enthusiasm for helping kids understand STEM topics is infectious, and she explains concepts in a way that kids will understand without talking down to them. The kid scientists are super curious and excited about science. They also model that it's OK to make an incorrect hypothesis, because that's how scientists learn. Kids will love watching the really fun experiment demonstrations and will enjoy the kid scientists' silliness. The at-home experiments seem easily doable with grown-up helpers, but parents should note that many require supplies that you probably won't have lying around at home. Emily's Wonder Lab is an excellent way to get kids interested in science!
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