Parents' Guide to

Popular Mechanics for Kids

By KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Reality adventures in how things work.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

my 5 yr old would watch epidodes over and over again if he could

very educational and great for kids that are interested in understanding trivia and facts about how things work. Boy and girl co-hosts present good role models without gender bias

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Educational value

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

The teen hosts (the roster has included Jay Baruchel, Vanessa Lengies, Tyler Kyte, and 24's Elisha Cuthbert) are the conduit to each experience for the viewer. They try things out, ask questions, and sometimes provide explanations or talk about what they've learned. An adult (Charles Powell) sometimes pops up to offer suggestions on how to build something or have a similar experience at home -- where and how to find insects to look at, for example.

The program is perfect for middle graders. Younger viewers will enjoy it, too, but may have questions they need you to answer and may need to be reminded that what's happening is just a demonstration (police breaking down a door, for example). For kids that age, it's best to watch with them -- or at least be nearby.

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