Little Einsteins

Common Sense Media says

An artistic adventure packed into each episode.

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Educational value

Exposes kids to classical music and art, and demonstrates the value of friendship, appreciating others, working together, and solving problems.

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to appreciate art and music and solve problems. Demonstrates the value of working together and the idea that each person has something to offer the group.

Positive role models

Each of the four Little Einsteins of the title has his or her own special talent, and is called upon to use it, often cooperatively with the other adventurers. The show's conflicts usually involve the Einsteins wanting to help a small or distressed creature, and the Einsteins also show appreciation for Rocket, the transport vehicle that takes them around the universe.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Little Einsteins uses art, photography, and classical music as a colorful backdrop for the adventures of four precocious young friends. They make discoveries, work as a team, and use their special musical talents. They call upon the interactive help of the viewer to accomplish each mission. Parents may note the similarities to media produced by the Baby Einstein Company. Disney bought this company in 2001 and teamed up with their creators to produce a show using a similar philosophy of artistic visuals and stimulating classical music to enhance brain development and learning.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Don't be surprised if your preschooler starts humming Beethoven's Ninth Symphony or comparing Monet and Van Gogh after watching LITTLE EINSTEINS. Each episode begins with an introduction to a specific piece of art and musical accompaniment. Along with photography of nature, big cities, and famous structures, these art forms serve as backdrops for the adventures of Leo, June, Annie, and Quincy, four young animated friends. Each has a unique musical skill but together they always ask for the help of the viewer to successfully accomplish a mission. Leo is six and enjoys conducting. His little sister Annie is four and loves to sing. Quincy is five and plays instruments. And June is also six and loves to dance. Kids learn that special talents are fun, challenging, require practice, and in this case, can be used to solve problems.

Is it any good?

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The Little Einsteins' missions involve cute characters and intriguing situations, such as helping a fuzzy caterpillar find a musical tree so it can become a butterfly or guiding a little dragon kite to meet up with other dragon kites at the Great Wall of China. Kids will especially enjoy the character of Rocket, who's just as loveable as the others and capable of transforming into any vehicle shape to get a job done. Preschoolers love the nifty gadgets on Rocket, too, including a Grab Nabber, Drum Thumper, and Look-and-Listen scope.

Little Einsteins is a refreshing change from today's cartoons. It's a wonderful means to expose kids to art and music while involving them in stories about likeable characters solving interesting problems. With songs and dance, it not only holds the attention span of preschoolers, but it also sparks curiosity about beautiful pieces of art and music in their world. Bravo!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the places the characters visit and the problems they solve along the way, as well as about their own special talents.

  • Families can extend the learning by taking a trip to a museum or listening to selections of the classical music featured on the show. Kids may be inspired to draw, sing, dance, or play an instrument after viewing.

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bymjknak September 5, 2010
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3
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Poor educational value; visually confusing for younger children

Visually overstimulating for kids 3 and younger; characters speak in a loud overexcited voice continuously through the show; good vs. evil theme in some scenes is overdone (hansel and gretel, as an example). Most importantly, the show has negative educational value while purporting to teach art / music. The music / art is artificially linked to the themes in a way that is confusing rather than educational. The analogies are either silly or confusing for a child in the range of 2-4.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMarioMii November 15, 2010
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2
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A lot of elders can be more educational than that

My dad said that this show was definitely for babies and I already know a lot of stuff on that TV show.
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Parent of a 1, 2, 11, and 14 year old Written bymich3g March 17, 2010
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2
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Perfect for kids 2-6

Love it! My 21 month old loves this show. I like how interactive it is. And how it promotes the arts as a way of learning.
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