A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Basic prereading skills like counting and color recognition incorporated in the stories, but it's not the primary focus.
There's fun in learning new things and solving problems. The Squirrels face each situation with enthusiasm and curiosity, which facilitates the learning.
Positive Role Models
Duggee's kind nature creates an inviting environment for his young charges. He finds creative ways to lead them through scout activities and help them earn a new badge every day. The kids' adventures encourage communication, teamwork, and friendship.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hey Duggee is a British preschool series that shows five youngsters having all kinds of learning adventures under the guidance of their scout leader. The content isn't overtly instructive, but kids see how taking on challenges like helping a friend get rid of the hiccups or playing games outdoors can teach patience, perseverance, and critical thinking. Another standout message concerns the nurturing relationship between a child and a mentor or teacher, which can help start conversations with your youngsters about separation anxiety or starting school. Unique, angular animation creates surprising images in this pleasant series that's great watch-together fare for parents and preschoolers.
Is It Any Good?
This charming preschool series shows kids doing what they do best -- learning life skills through play and simple problem-solving tactics. Whether it's caring for an infant puppy or staying the course in a lengthy game of hide-and-seek, Duggee's Squirrels are eager to take on the tasks and see where they take them. With their leader's gentle guidance, they revel in their adventures and celebrate the badges that are their rewards.
Hey Duggee's delightful characters are what make the show, but there's also much appeal in the unique animation that plays with shapes in unexpected ways. Some characters' images are predictable (a round octopus and spider, for instance), but others are less so, including triangular frogs and rectangular birds. It's also surprising that while most of the other characters talk, Duggee doesn't (he speaks in "woofs"), but kids will have no trouble interpreting his body language and other visual clues to grasp the meaning.
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