Mia's Magic Playground

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Imagination inspires creative problem solving in sweet show.

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Educational Value

The show’s focus is on social-emotional learning, and the characters’ experiences teach viewers about creative problem solving and reinforce healthy interpersonal skills.

Positive Messages

These stories show the young characters identifying problems, discussing possible solutions, and using creative ways to resolve them. Their imaginations play an important role in their ability to do so, as what they conjure in their minds becomes reality that often helps them out of a jam. Strong themes of friendship, respect, kindness, and self-awareness. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mia and her friends are resourceful, determined, and cooperative. Their friends in the imaginary world they visit also have unique ways in which they’re able to help them solve problems. Ethnic diversity exists among the main characters.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mia’s Magic Playground teaches young viewers creative problem-solving and social-emotional skills through the adventures of a trio of kids who visit an imaginary land and befriend its colorful inhabitants. The stories are imaginative and very effective in emphasizing their respective lessons, which range from cooperation to being respectful of different points of view, and the characters are able to apply what they learn to dilemmas in their real-life world. At various points, Mia invites the "help" of viewers by asking them to perform some kind of action (jumping up and down, for instance) along with the characters in the story, so there’s a small interactive component to it. This vibrantly animated series is inspired by preschoolers' sense of imagination, and it’s all kinds of fun to see how the characters' creativity comes to life in the magical world they visit. 

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What's the story?

In MIA’S MAGIC PLAYGROUND, a creative girl and her friends visit an imaginary land that she invents in the pages of her notebook. When playtime comes, Mia (voiced by Mia Turrent), Oskar (Cassius Thompson), and Tilly (Shayla McCormack) travel to a land where their friends include a rainbow, small leaf creatures, and even a cat with a watermelon-shaped face. It’s a place where anything can come to pass if only Mia and her friends can imagine it, and a place where they learn important lessons about life and solving problems.

Is it any good?

This whimsical show teaches young viewers interpersonal skills and self-control strategies through the characters’ adventures in a vibrantly colored land. Each episode starts with Mia and her friends pondering some kind of problem in the real world before transporting themselves to the imaginary one, where they encounter another challenge that helps them see the first from a new perspective. Together they relate what they learn to their real-life dilemma when they return home. 

Mia’s Magic Playground pays remarkable attention to little details that make it seem as though many aspects of the show stepped right out of a preschooler’s imagination. From self-explanatory character names like the Leafthings, Nice Cream Bear, and SoccerSauruses, to the nature of a place that brings to life whatever its visitors can think of, this sweet series plays right into the senses of its young viewers. Happily it capitalizes on the chance to teach them some useful and applicable social-emotional lessons while it’s at it, making Mia’s Magic Playground an exceptionally well-rounded choice for this age group.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teamwork helps in solving problems. How do Mia and her friends cooperate effectively to reach a common goal in Mia’s Magic Playground? What are some challenges in working with others, and what tactics can you use to overcome them? 

  • How do the kids' imaginations help them think outside the box when tackling a dilemma? What most inspires your kids' imaginations? 

  • How do the characters in Mia's Magic Playground show that they are friends? Does being friends mean you never disagree? What other examples of friendship do you notice in the shows you watch? What can you learn from them?

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