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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kit and Kate is an animated series in which siblings face dilemmas and must solve problems in their imaginative play. The stories show the brother and sister using a toy for inspiration for their play, which evolves into a big adventure in some new skill. Somewhere along the line they find themselves facing a mistake they've made, and they must reconsider their actions before deciding on a better course of action that involves positive behavior like being patient, thoughtful, or cautious. These stories are humorous and imaginative, and they can inspire conversations between parents and preschoolers about solving problems and getting along with others.
What's the story?
KIT AND KATE follows the antics of kitty siblings Kit and Kate as they find inspiration for their play in their magical toy box. Their big imaginations transport them to all kinds of places for adventures in dancing, music, baking, and solving mysteries, but they quickly discover that their play isn't always fun and games. Each time a dilemma arises, a mysterious stranger arrives to help the siblings put their heads together and figure out a solution before rewinding time so the kitties can do things right.
Is it any good?
This sweet brother-and-sister team has a lot to teach preschoolers about social skills and relating to other people, and siblings in particular. Their amicable relationship shows kids that it is possible to get along with brothers and sisters (always an important lesson), but it's their willingness to confront and fix their mistakes that's even more notable. While viewers don't have the luxury of actually rewinding time like Kit and Kate do, the concept is one that families could adapt to situations that arise, working with kids to identify the problem and consider constructive solutions before their own version of a do-over.
It's always refreshing when a series puts a unique spin on the typical parent-child dynamic, and Kit and Kate does so by casting the kitties' mother and father as the "mysterious stranger" who drops in at an opportune time to help the kids sort out their troubles. Rather than making the grown-up the automatic authority figure in the scene, this keeps the focus on the siblings and their age-appropriate resolution process.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about siblings and sibling relationships. Kids: Do you and your siblings get along as well as Kit and Kate seem to? What activities do you enjoy doing together with your brothers and/or sisters? How do you keep distance between you when you need it?
How real is what we see on TV? Is it always easy to tell fantasy from reality in TV shows and movies? Why is it fun to imagine the world differently from how it is? At the same time, how does seeing an unrealistic version of that world affect our feelings about the real one?
Kids: How do Kit and Kate demonstrate positive behavior traits like curiosity and imagination? Would they be fun friends to have in real life? Do you like imaginative play? What characters or scenarios are your favorites to imagine?
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