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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Odd Tube consists of short-form episodes starring some of the young agents from Odd Squad. The show is hosted by Olympia, who shares her observations of unusual things she sees around the team's headquarters, as well as anything and everything else that suits her fancy to share. The show is unpredictable but always funny, lighthearted, and well-stocked in early-learning topics of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) variety like what constitutes an odd number or what's different between two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Olympia often encourages viewers to visit the show's website for activities and to submit questions. If this is your kids' introduction to Odd Squad, don’t be surprised if they want to watch the TV show next.
What's the story?
ODD TUBE is a series of shorts hosted by Odd Squad agent Olympia (Anna Cathcart) and consisting of happenings at the organization's headquarters, where strange occurrences are routine. The unpredictable content includes impromptu dance segments, songs, facts, funny tidbits, and generally random knowledge. Sometimes Olympia's fellow Odd Squad agents drop in, and occasionally cameras follow her through the hallways of the agency's headquarters. Always, though, there's something to be learned from the STEM-inspired content.
Is it any good?
This is a fun add-on for viewers already sold on Odd Squad and its personnel, but if this is your kid's introduction to the franchise, know that their interest won't stop here. The all-kid cast (adults play a few supporting roles, but kids take center stage) is fantastic for young viewers, and the kind of catch-as-catch-can content suits the target audience's interest and attention span. This is great news, but it's likely to mean they will want to see the TV series next.
Even though these episodes run just over two minutes apiece, Odd Tube is no fluff show. It's engaging, humorous, and makes the most of opportunities to drop in some math know-how or illustrate a science concept. Every episode gives kids something to learn, from putting a ruler to good use to the difference between a planet and a moon. It's basic stuff that's delivered in an exciting way, guaranteeing that kids will learn something as they watch.
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