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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave is a preschool series whose friendly characters pose to viewers multiple-choice guessing games that relate to the day's story. An adventure set on a farm asks kids to consider what food source cows supply for us and where one might find eggs, for example. Some of the games also challenge viewers' memory, as directions are given at the beginning of the story and viewer are quizzed later on. Every episode is set in a different location, with places such as Fairytale Land and Music Land on the itinerary and opportunities to learn about the related concepts. The series also has a companion app that allows kids to sync to the show and respond to the guessing games via a device.
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What's the story?
RUFF-RUFF, TWEET & DAVE follows three best friends -- a puppy named Ruff-Ruff, a bird named Tweet, and a panda named Dave -- as they embark on a series of adventures and learn about themselves and the world around them. From climbing mountains to understanding rhythm and tempo, these friendly characters come to realize that there's always something new to be discovered, and doing so with friends by your side makes it all the more fun. Led by their friend Hatty the Hamster, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet, and Dave also learn the value of asking questions through a series of guessing games that relate to each story.
Is it any good?
Billed as "A Multiple-Choice Adventure," Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave makes a game of learning with its unique Q&A format that challenges viewers to a series of multiple-choice quizzes. For each one, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet, and Dave offer three possible answers and ask kids to choose which one they think is right by agreeing with one of the characters. It's a fun, nonthreatening way to engage kids who otherwise might be hesitant to suggest an answer, and, because the characters take turns answering incorrectly, it reminds kids that there's no harm in missing the mark now and then if you're learning along the way.
Kids will like Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave's far-flung settings -- to which they travel in a whirling, twirling airborne vehicle called the Spin-Again -- and parents will love that all the travels expose kids to concepts as varied as musical pitch, emotions, number sense, and wind power, all by way of friendly characters who embrace the joy of experiencing new things.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what they learned in the day's story. Where did the characters visit today? What, if any, problems did they solve? Did working as a team help?
Kids: How does it feel when you make a mistake? Why is making mistakes an important part of the learning process? How do Ruff-Ruff, Tweet, and Dave react to making a mistake or stating a wrong answer?
If your kids use a device and the show's companion app to play along with the guessing games, do they enjoy that aspect of the show? What are some of their favorite apps or learning games? Why is it important to put limits on screen time?
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