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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Grace’s Amazing Machines, the second installment of what was once Catie’s Amazing Machines, features lots of sophisticated larger-than-life machines. Each episode offers brief explanations and demonstrations revealing what they do and how they work. The British TV series is hosted by motocrosser Gracie Webb, and features a diverse group of kids talking about the vehicles being featured. Vehicles are shown digging, knocking things down, and going extremely fast, but safety gear is worn at all times.
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What's the story?
GRACE’S AMAZING MACHINES, the second installment of what was formerly Catie’s Amazing Machines, stars driver and primary school teacher Grace Webb as she reveals some of her favorite vehicles. Each episode features Grace revealing three machines that are the same in one special way. With the help of her friend Speedy, a remote controlled car, the host goes into the singular detail that the vehicles have in common. With the help of some fun digital animation, and a few experts, she explains what the machines do and shares the basic mechanics of each. When possible, she rides, drives, and flies them, too. Members of Grace’s young pit crew also get the chance to share their thoughts about each machine featured on the show.
Is it any good?
This entertaining British series offers preschoolers some quick lessons about a range of different machines and how they work. Like the first installment of the series, having a female presenter challenges the gender stereotypes associated with machines, engineering, and technology. Grace Webb’s enthusiasm and teaching abilities are evident when she’s talking to her viewers, making Grace’s Amazing Machines feel slightly more educational than the first version of the franchise. No doubt that children who like watching and learning about motor vehicles of all kinds will find it worth watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the vehicles featured on Grace’s Amazing Machines. What makes them amazing? Which ones do you like the best? Why?
What are some of the traditional stereotypes that exist about people who work with machines, or other fields associated with STEM? In what ways does this series challenge them?
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