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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lottie Dottie Chicken is a musical cartoon featuring nursery rhymes and songs designed to entertain and teach preschoolers simple concepts such as numbers and colors. Each episode consists of numerous songs with accompanying videos, essentially repackaging shorts like the ones that originally brought Lottie Dottie to fans' attention in YouTube clips. The songs and rhymes are very repetitive, which is great for preschoolers' retention but can be wearing on parents' patience. Many are silly, all are animated with engaging characters, and those that teach do so in subtle ways.
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What's the story?
LOTTIE DOTTIE CHICKEN is a collection of preschool rhymes and songs with accompanying animated videos designed to help kids with basic prereading skills. Lottie Dottie, the titular blue hen who originally garnered a following with YouTube videos, joins her barnyard friends to show kids that learning can be fun when it's done with humor and engaging characters.
Is it any good?
This boldly animated series is the visual equivalent of listening to your preschooler's favorite CD in the car. The songs are simple and repetitive (very repetitive, in many cases), and they're destined to remain lodged in your subconscious long after the show is turned off. Many are silly, made even more so by the accompanying video that brings characters such as Connie Cockroach, Lil Yellow Chickadee, and the bug band the Mothballs to life.
While the learning component doesn't dominate Lottie Dottie Chicken, many of the songs and rhymes incorporate concepts such as number sense and color recognition in organic ways that don't broadcast to kids that they're learning by listening. This Brazilian show also features international folk songs for kids among its repertoire for a well-rounded soundtrack and a broader experience for kids in the audience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the songs in Lottie Dottie Chicken. Do your kids like to sing? Which ones from this show stick with you the most?
What about this animated show is contrary to nature? Is Lottie Dottie more memorable because she's blue? Who are your kids' favorite characters?
Parents can build on this show's use of rhyming to play phonics games with their kids. Have your child make a rhyme for a word you say, then reverse roles. How does rhyming make it easier to recall lyrics in a song?
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