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Out of the Box
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that each episode of this show (which is like a virtual kindergarten class) will stimulate young kids. The episodes are guided by the show's two adult hosts -- who are full of boundless energy and might wear on parents' nerves. The series touches on activities like music, crafts, and story time. The series is sure to spark the imagination of young kids.
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What's the story?
Aimed at kids ages 3 to 6, OUT OF THE BOX is like a 30-minute kindergarten class that's divided into segments: music time, craft time, and story time. Hosts Tony James and Vivian Bayabuy lead the kids through activities based on the day's theme and constantly direct their attention toward the camera, encouraging viewers to take part. For example, in an episode focused on the concept of flight, the "music time" segment included simple songs about flying with easy-to-follow choreography; during "craft time," Tony and Vivian taught the kids to make "purple parachute people" out of Dixie cups, tissues, yarn, and tape; and during "story time," Tony and Vivian told a creative version of Peter Pan while the kids acted out parts of the story.
Is it any good?
There are plenty of opportunities here for kids to play along and be creative -- though kids will certainly need supervision and help finding materials during the "craft time" segment. Parents might also find Tony and Vivian's over-the-top bubbliness a little too much to handle.
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