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Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Whimsical preschool lessons with oodles of charm.

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Educational Value

Superb social-emotional lessons about trying new things, making mistakes, and sharing with others.

Positive Messages

Stories emphasize that it's okay to feel negative emotions, that it's important to help other people, and being a good friend.

Positive Role Models

Characters are kind, make good choices, and communicate very clearly with their friends.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kinderwood is an animated show that teaches young kids lessons about emotions, making mistakes, and friendships. This charming series focuses on five animal friends in the same preschool class. They have relatable preschooler problems, but each story has fantastical make-believe elements as well. Both the content and the short 8-minute episodes make Kinderwood a great pick for young kids.

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What's the story?

Kinderwood is an animated preschool series that features five animal preschoolers named Olive, Fifi, Luplup, DD, and Liddo as they go through their school day. Each episode starts with a typical preschooler problem, like losing a doll or having Frost Festival decorations go missing. Then, the magic of Kinderwood is woven into the story, and the "Kinderkids" enter fantastical imaginary worlds. The playground turns into an epic mountain that must be climbed, or the Kinderkids shrink so they can climb up a pine tree and meet adorable animal babies.  By the end of each episode, they've solved their problem and learned a relatable lesson along the way.

Is it any good?

Kinderwood is a lovely, kind-hearted show for young kids. Kids will love the cute animal characters and the magical elements of the Kinderwood world. They will also very easily relate to the challenges the Kinderkids face -- things that may seem small to adults but feel very big to preschoolers. Each episode focuses on one main takeaway, like taking things one step at a time when you're learning something new, or that it's nice to give something away to people who need it more than you do. The characters seem like real kids (to the extent that talking animals can, of course), and they don't preach or talk down to their young audience.

Grown-ups will love how the show models building social-emotional skills. The characters are excellent at naming the emotions that all preschoolers feel, like being frustrated when you don't know how to tie a bow or being sad that your holiday celebration won't be how you imagined it. They are great role models that give kids tools to handle their emotions, and parents the language to use when encouraging these skills in their own kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about emotions. What emotions do the characters on this show feel? How did they communicate, or tell their friends so they could understand how they were feeling?

  • The characters really care about each other and want to help each other. How do they show compassion towards each other?

  • What lesson did the characters learn? Can we think of a time when we might use this lesson in our lives?

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