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 Rainbow Horse is geared toward babies and toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against TV time for kids under age 2 because this is a vital period of development that depends on contact with a caregiver. That said, if you do watch with your little ones, take advantage of the nonverbal content to name the objects you see and identify the colors that appear. The show incorporates music and motion and paints colorful scenes that will appeal to toddlers, but parents may find the presentation a little mind-numbing.
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What's the story?
RAINBOW HORSE is an animated series in which a brightly hued horse moves through scenes adding color to black-and-white images. Each segment progresses in the same manner, with Rainbow Horse bringing color to three categorized objects such as insects, reptiles, or food products, as background music plays. As they're colored, the objects start to move and emit a unique sound, culminating in a screen filled with the moving versions of the three images.
Is it any good?
Much as in the Baby Einstein movies, Rainbow Horse is designed for babies and toddlers, precisely the group for whom the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against screen time. The content isn't worrisome, and it does introduce youngsters to color, motion, and music in a generally appealing manner (for little ones, that is; parents may feel otherwise because of the painfully repetitive progression).
What's more, the show is entirely nonverbal, which could encourage parents to fill in the gaps with interactive commentary of their own ("See the cow? What does a cow say?" or "The ladybug is red"). The bottom line? There's nothing inherently harmful in this show, but there are lots of other ways to introduce youngsters to these kinds of concepts that don't involve watching a screen if that's a concern for you.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about colors. What colors do you see around you right now? What kinds of objects can be multiple colors? What color is your child's favorite?
How does the music complement the pictures on the screen? How do different music tempos (fast and slow) change how songs affect us? What songs do you like?
How were the objects in this show related to each other? What other types of objects would also fit into that same category?
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