A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
No traditional educational concepts, but strong social themes about getting along with others, showing compassion, effective communication, and friendship throughout.
Communication is a major theme. Every story challenges the characters to identify and improve upon behavior that causes a problem within the group. These problems include a boy's bossiness and a girl's impatience, and in each case, their actions are detrimental to the kids' fun. They must decide how they can change for the better to preserve their friendships and a sense of cooperation. Diversity among the characters.
Positive Role Models
The kids are friendly, outgoing, imaginative, and enthusiastic, and their relationships never suffer for long because of one's negative behavior. They're quick to forgive and learn from mistakes.
Products & Purchases
The series is inspired by Fisher-Price toys, and animated versions of the characters and many of the playsets are used in the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little People is a preschool series inspired by the popular playsets and characters from Fisher-Price. The friendly characters let their imaginations take them far from their own neighborhood and teach them lessons about personal behavior and social interaction in the context of their experiences. Commercialism is an obvious concern, and your kids might take a new interest in the Little People line of toys and other products after seeing the show, but it doesn't self-promote at the expense of the stories themselves. Lively music and a diverse cast round out this enjoyable series for tots.
Is It Any Good?
This fun-filled musical series caters to preschoolers' sense of imagination and teaches some valuable social lessons along the way. When Eddie names himself the head chef in a restaurant, for instance, he discovers that his friends don't really appreciate being bossed around. When Mia gets impatient waiting her turn, she learns the hard way how it feels to be pushed to the back of the line. These scenarios will be easy for preschoolers to relate to, and the resulting messages give kids something to think about the next time they encounter (or cause) similar behavior among their peers.
Anytime a toy manufacturer makes the jump to the TV screen, you have to weigh the pros and cons of inviting this kind of commercialism into your kids' media world. Little People steers clear of blatant self-promotion, but it's safe to say that your youngsters may notice certain toys that bear the characters' images or resemble the sets (pirate ship, farm, jungle) in this show. Fortunately, though, Little People is a quality production that easily stands on its own merit and has some great takeaways for kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.