Sammy & Eve

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Squirrel pals introduce kids to basics of playing games.

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Educational Value

The show's premise exposes kids to the concept of object permanence as the characters look for an object that is hidden. It also incorporates matters of relative distance with Sammy and Eve placing the acorn "next to," "under," or "beside" features in the room. 

Positive Messages

Kids see Sammy and Eve having fun playing together in a cooperative manner. The interactive format prompts kids to answer the characters' questions ("Where should I hide the acorn?") and take part in the games by clapping as the seeker gets close to finding the hidden object. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sammy and Eve are sweet, curious squirrels who cooperate with each other.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sammy & Eve is an animated series meant to introduce very young children to concepts such as fair play, taking turns, object permanence, and relative placement through hide-and-seek-style games. The episodes are very repetitive, with only the setting changing from a bedroom to a garden to a swimming pool, for instance. The characters interact with the audience, encouraging kids to help give clues to the seeker about the hidden object's whereabouts with prompts of "warmer" and "colder." Though the stories are only a few minutes long, they do a good job of capturing the joy of playing games with friends and introducing these basic concepts to early preschoolers. Need more reason to like it? The featured game encourages teamwork, makes everyone a winner, and is easily replicated in your own home with your youngsters. 

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What's the story?

SAMMY & EVE follows two squirrels as they play their favorite game, hot and cold, in and around their home. Sammy and Eve take turns hiding an acorn for each other, then giving verbal clues ("warmer" and "colder") as the seeker hunts for it and clapping when it's very close. At the game's end, they celebrate the find with a song. 

Is it any good?

Lively Sammy and Eve set a great example for very young kids just learning the concepts of fair play and cooperation. Both characters get equal joy from playing each role in their game, and they're always happy to take turns and to celebrate each other's accomplishments in finding the elusive acorn.

These brief stories are very repetitive, following identical formats with only a change of scenery to differentiate one episode from another. Though a little mind-numbing for parents' tastes, they get their point across for the early preschool set. There's also merit in how the characters explore the concept of relative distance by hiding the acorn "under," "beside," and "in front of" familiar objects in the room. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about playing games. Kids: What are some of your favorites? Can any of them be played alone? How does it feel when you lose a game? When you win?

  • Kids: Do you ever have difficulty playing with certain friends? What is it about them that causes these issues? How do you solve problems when they come up? 

  • Expand on the show's theme of relative distance by hiding an object in your home. Kids: What other kinds of clues can you offer? Can you describe what's next to, under, or over it? Is this more or less helpful than the prompts of "warmer" and "colder"?

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