A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show’s focus is on social-emotional learning, and the characters’ experiences teach viewers about creative problem solving and reinforce healthy interpersonal skills.
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
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.
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.
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.
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