Parents' Guide to

Ni Hao, Kai-lan

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.

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Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 73 parent reviews

age 2+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 2+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (73):
Kids say (10):

This cartoon blends audience interactivity (ala Blue's Clues) with culturally and linguistically diverse content and thoughtful storylines, ensuring that preschoolers will be both curious and entertained. In each episode, viewers will pick up a new Mandarin word or phrase (starting with "Ni hao," which means "hello"), and basic skills like counting are used repetitively to encourage long-term retention. Stories always reflect some aspect of the Chinese culture, so youngsters will quickly learn to recognize and identify them.

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan also wins points for its emphasis on positive messages; parents can feel good about its lessons in interpersonal problem solving. The stories are well crafted for the preschool audience, and kids will easily relate to the conflicts that arise among the friends and learn from the way they're resolved.

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