Puffin Rock

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Young bird's adventures celebrate curiosity, relationships.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

The stories incorporate concepts of science as they relate to the characters' activities, pointing out how animals' behavior differs when they animal is diurnal as opposed to nocturnal, and explaining what a super moon is, for instance.

Positive Messages

Kids see Oona and her friends having fun learning about their environment and the creatures that live there, all while demonstrating positive social skills such as working out problems together and helping their neighbors. They adapt to new challenges, use curiosity when they want to know something, and express gratitude and care for each other. Self-control is an additional theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Papa and Mama are loving caregivers who encourage Oona and Baba to explore and learn to their hearts' content. Stories often follow them caring for their youngsters by providing food, keeping their home safe, and tending to the kids' many needs. Inspired by them, Oona is another excellent role model for Baba, leading by example and keeping a watchful eye on him on their excursions. 

Violence & Scariness

Oona and her friends talk about not getting along with seagulls, and they cower when the birds fly by, but they don't interact. 

Sexy Stuff

Light potty humor: Mossy the pygmy shrew has a stink gland that produces an epic farting sound.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puffin Rock is a gentle preschool series that introduces kids to some basic concepts of science as they relate to the characters' explorations of their island habitat. As kids see the characters play and explore, they learn about different animal species and their respective behavior, including whether they're nocturnal or diurnal, what they eat, and where they live. There also are many positive qualities to the characters' relationships, presenting kids with excellent examples of loving family members and caring friends. And the delightful narration by grown-up favorite Chris O'Dowd doesn't hurt, either. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLollokjsh August 6, 2018


If your kid is going to insist on getting up at 6am then this is a good thing to put on because Chris o'Dowds voice is very lulling and you can go back to... Continue reading
Parent Written bypalcus September 12, 2015

Great Show - my 3 year old daughter loves it

Each episode is less than 10 minutes and there are 35-40 of them. My daughter loves it. Characters are caring and loving and curious. We've all learned s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDecidueye January 27, 2021

Puffin Rock is the idealistic show (This is a repost of a review i made on google)

The best preschool show. Not only does it have a pleasant art style, it also will teach your kid a lesson throughout episodes and it can teach little ones about... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byClaire_the_Bear February 15, 2019

Great show!

This show is great for little kids! It's not annoying for older kids to watch. The music is nice. I would definitely recommend it for kids 3 to 7.

What's the story?

PUFFIN ROCK is an Irish animated series from the team behind movies Secret of Kells and Song of the SeaNarrated by Chris O'Dowd (Moone Boy, The IT Crowd), it follows a young puffin named Oona (voiced by Kate McCafferty) and her baby brother, Baba (Sally McDaid), as they explore their island home and learn about how its various inhabitants live and interact. For enthusiastic Oona, every day dawns with the promise of new adventures, and her menagerie of friends are always happy to join in the fun. And when night falls, she and Baba head home to their burrow where Mama (Geraldine Cole) and Papa (Brian McMonagle) are eager to hear all about what they've done. 

Is it any good?

Darling, kindhearted Oona will make fast fans of preschoolers who tune in, and they'll learn about various matters of science along with the puffin chick. She and her friends are curious about everything they see and hear in this beautifully animated, sweetly scripted show, and it inspires that same sort of enthusiasm for learning in the show's viewers. That said, the show's narrated style makes it feel more like an animated story time than a classroom lesson, so kids won't even realize there's more to the content than the cute characters' antics.

Puffin Rock also has great things to show kids about family and friend relationships, and parents especially will love Oona and Baba's sweet sibling camaraderie and Oona's willingness to play the role of mentor to her tagalong brother. These characters have a lot to offer preschoolers who watch, and the show's gentle pace makes it enjoyable to watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the characters in Puffin Rock learn by exploring their rock home. What other creatures make a home there? How do they interact? Are they all friendly to each other? Are any of the creatures you see in this show indigenous to where you live? 

  • How does Oona and Baba's relationship set a good example for siblings in your family? What are some common troubles that arise between your kids and their siblings? How do they get resolved when they come up? What do your kids enjoy doing together? 

  • This show makes learning look like a lot of fun. What areas around where you live could you explore together? Take a nature walk or visit an animal park to observe the animals' behavior in person. Talk about how they eat, sleep, and protect themselves.

  • How do the characters in Puffin Rock demonstrate curiosity, self-control, and gratitude? Why are these important character strengths?

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