A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show focuses more on the act of experiencing nature than it does on teaching viewers much about nature itself. Most learning points are very basic -- hamsters like to eat nuts, the moon rises at night, and animals need water to survive, for instance. In each case, kids see the characters take a challenge from start to finish, identifying and resolving problems as they go.
Curiosity and teamwork are major themes. The characters' experiences show kids how fun it can be to get outside and play, especially with friends. As they explore the natural world, they use their imaginations to invent adventures that often challenge their reasoning skills and teach them a little something about how nature works.
Positive Role Models
Fred's impulsivity sometimes causes problems in plans that aren't well conceived, but he and his friends always manage to get back on track. Daisy is resourceful, and Hal is jovial and good-natured.
Violence & Scariness
Some falls, crashes, and other physical humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nature Cat is an animated series designed to inspire kids to get outside, experience nature, and play with friends. The characters' adventures show kids how much fun it can be to make discoveries, use their imaginations, and learn about the world around them. They also illustrate the fact that mishaps are par for the course when you're trying something new (especially when you're a novice outdoorsman such as Fred, the Nature Cat), and each one is an opportunity to hone problem-solving skills. Expect a lot of physical humor (falls, crashes) but overall content that's wholly appropriate and fun for kids.
Is It Any Good?
This lively series has many qualities that will appeal to kids, none more so than the exuberant titular character who finds joy in the simple acts of being outside and in the company of friends. They romp and play, get wet and dirty, and love every minute of the unstructured process. Even the most grandiose of their plans (building a rocket to go to the moon, for instance) becomes doable once their imaginations take hold.
Despite what its title might have you think, though, Nature Cat focuses more on the experience of being in nature than it does on a nuts-and-bolts education about the environment. Concepts are presented in very broad terms -- animals leave evidence behind as they go from one place to another, and there's less gravity on the moon than on Earth, for example -- so it probably will be more of a refresher course than a new chapter in your kids' learning. That said, there's lots of value in its reminders to kids that many adventures await in the great outdoors.
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