Fun with Claude

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Inquisitive bear kid learns new things in charming series.

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Educational Value

Every story has a lesson or learning point of some kind, courtesy of Claude's insatiable curiosity about his new surroundings. The joy of imaginative play and learning through doing are common themes.

Positive Messages

Claude's curiosity opens doors to learning new things and having fun adventures. The narrative style encourages viewers to ponder the same questions the characters do, which draws them into the stories. Positive examples of friendship and problem-solving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Claude has three parental figures in his life: his mom, his dad, and his grandmother. All are excellent role models and make time for him in their busy schedules, and they help him find answers to his many questions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fun with Claude is a charming animated series about a young polar bear who learns new things by observing the goings on around his home. Each discovery leads him on a quest for answers to his queries: How do packages arrive at his door? What animal makes that odd sound? Why do we recycle? By following clues and asking lots of questions, Claude discovers there's much to learn about the world around him, and his experiences encourage preschoolers to do the same in their homes and communities.

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What's the story?

FUN WITH CLAUDE follows the adventures of an inquisitive young polar bear named Claude. Each day starts with Claude noticing something new about his home in Bearhampton, which piques his curiosity and inspires him to learn more about how and why things happen the way they do. Whether it's how recycling helps save the planet or what makes the leaves fall from the trees, every new discovery is a reason to celebrate for Claude and his friends.

Is it any good?

This show's cuddly star is only a preschooler himself, so his sense of wonder and enthusiasm for absorbing knowledge will ring true for young viewers. His curiosity is inspired by the small circumference of his world -- his home, his neighborhood, and the larger community -- which keeps his adventures to a manageable scale for this age group. And with topics that reflect kids' own experiences, Claude encourages them to think critically about the unknowns they encounter on a daily basis.

Something else that stands out in Fun with Claude is the prevalence of positive role models in young Claude's life. With Mom, Dad, and Grandma rotating care duties at home and his neighbors Boris and Doris always on hand to accompany him on his learning excursions, Claude benefits from a veritable village with his best interests at heart. Not only does this set a pleasant scene, it also casts a positive light on the matter of youngsters asking for help when they need it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Claude learns in Fun with Claude by asking questions and making observations. Was the story's topic something that was new to your kids' experiences? Are your kids shy about asking questions when they don't understand something?

  • Kids: Who are your resources for answers to your questions? Have you ever stumped them? Where can you turn if that happens?

  • Part of why Claude has so much to learn is because he's new to this home and community. How might you feel being a newcomer? How can you reach out to and welcome others who might be new to where you live or go to school?

  • How do the characters in Fun with Claude demonstrate curiosity? Why is this an important character strength?

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