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What 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.
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What's the story?
Science expert Emily Calandrelli hosts EMILY'S WONDER LAB along with six kid scientists. Each episode focuses on a theme, like "florescence" or "non-Newtonian fluids." Emily explains the theme and does a demonstration of an experiment to illustrate the concept. Then the kid scientists get to have fun with the concept by having a dance party on a pool of Oobleck or covering themselves in glow-in-the-dark paint. Each 15-minute episode ends with Emily demonstrating an experiment that kid viewers can do at home (with their grown-up assistant's help, of course!).
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!
Talk to your kids about ...
What did you learn from Emily's Wonder Lab? Should we try one of Miss Emily's experiments?
The kid scientists on the show are very curious. Did watching the show make you curious to learn more about something? How can we make an experiment to learn more about it?
Families can talk about different ways to learn about science. How can TV shows inspire you to do things in real life?
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