A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each new adventure is rich in age-appropriate learning as the stories expose viewers to concepts such as musical tone, storytelling, emotions, and numbers. Simple prereading skills such as counting and color recognition are included in many of the stories.
This interactive series encourages kids to think critically and exercise memory skills through a series of guessing games posed to the characters about the day's events.
Positive Role Models
All the characters embrace adventure and like to help out. They're friendly, cooperative, and excited to learn.
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.
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.
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