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Parents need to know that Scout & The Gumboot Kids is a preschool series that teaches simple lessons about nature and being mindful. There are some images of animals feeding their young bugs and other things, but there's nothing really frightening to worry about. Its colorful combination of live-action and animation will draw kids in, but parents also might enjoy watching along and join them in some of the mindfulness exercises being taught. The show's product line includes related books and other items.
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SCOUT & THE GUMBOOT KIDS is a Canadian preschool series that teaches viewers how to mindfully exploring nature. Each episode begins with an animated mouse named Scout (voiced by Adrian Petriw) introducing a nature mystery. A group of human children known as the Gumboot Kids go outside and explore their surroundings by carefully looking, touching, observing, and listening to everything around them. Once they solve the mystery, Scout offers more explanations about what they find, and invites them to spend a quiet moment enjoying what’s around them.
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Each episode of this lovely series combines live action with animation to produce a colorful and engaging nature program from which preschoolers can easily learn. Each mystery requires kids to be curious about the outdoors, and to think critically about what they find. It also encourages them to be gentle and respectful towards these natural environments. But what makes the show truly unique is the effort it makes to teach children how to stop, breathe, relax, and mentally focus on where they are and the wonders around them. Overall, Scout & The Gumboot Kids is a fun and gentle program that offers lots of great lessons about nature, and about living in the moment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it’s like to spend time in nature. What are some of the interesting things you see? Hear? Touch? Do things smell differently when you are outside?
Scout & The Gumboot Kids wants people to be mindful when we spend time outdoors. What does this mean? Can you be mindful indoors, too?
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