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By Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Bare-hand "puppets" will delight preschoolers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 3+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 4+

Better than Barney/Dora

Also more entertaining. The talking hands may not appeal to infants or toddlers, so 4-8 is an ideal age recommendation. The words "butt" and "poop" are as bad as the language gets. No violence or adult content of any nature.

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age 3+

Pretend play

You know the amazing thing about Oobi? Every kid has one at the end of their wrist ("...and he's always with you"). It's pure genius. My little two year old is obsessed with Oobi. I got ahold of some Oobi eyes and she was just amazed. As simple as it may seem, I have seen some amazingly creative puppetry, including designs and emotions. My hats off to the creators. My little girl has learned more through Oobi than any television show she has watched. (Or any book for that matter!). I still have to laugh. Here she is, living in a home full of puppets...but it is a pair or eyes that holds her attention. Now THAT'S something!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (42 ):

When it comes to preschool programming, this show really breaks the mold, succeeding in its simplicity and its quest to educate and entertain the newest of little explorers. Whether it's reveling in a rain puddle or refusing a bath, Oobi strikes close to a child's heart and also celebrates the daily accomplishments that build a child's confidence and competence. After the show, kids may be inspired to make their very own Oobis with their own hands -- a fantastic idea for imaginative play.

Oobi is meant for very young children who are just beginning to explore their surroundings; as a result, older children may lose interest in its simple style. Oobi the character speaks in basic object/action sentences that resemble the speech structure of a child just beginning to talk. This should not be seen as detrimental to a child's speech development -- rather, it's a language that young children understand and appreciate.

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