Snacks with Susie
By Stephanie Morgan,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Short videos inspire kids to get in kitchen, try new things.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Introduces preschool-aged kids to good kitchen habits (washing hands, cleaning up, etc.) and very entry-level "cooking." Full of ideas on how to get kids helping out in the kitchen at a young age.
Susie is always willing to try new things and is OK with doing her best and not being perfect.
Positive Role Models
Susie is cheerful, polite, eager to learn, helpful, and adventurous.
This is a reality show that features a young White girl sharing her favorite snack recipes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snacks with Susie is a series videos, with running times of 10 minutes or shorter, that feature a bubbly young girl, Susie, sharing how to make her favorite snacks. The show introduces preschool-aged kids to good kitchen habits (washing hands, cleaning up, etc.) and very entry-level "cooking." It promotes curiosity and is full of ideas on how to get young children to try new foods and get involved in the kitchen.
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What's the Story?
In SNACKS WITH SUSIE the show's title character, a sweet preschooler, heads to the kitchen to try new foods and make fun snacks all on her own.
Is It Any Good?
Short, engaging, and visually appealing, this sweet cooking show is pitch perfect for the toddler and preschool crowds. Snacks with Susie will quickly become a trusted tool for parents who need help keeping their young children busy. Not only will it engage young children both in front of the TV and trying out the recipes later in the kitchen, it'll also teach them a lot of valuable lessons. Susie always washes her hands, practices kitchen safety, and helps to clean up. Even more important is her attitude toward the food she's making.
The cheerful host is always willing to try new foods, often engaging in mini taste tests with multiple options for her recipes. She sometimes shares the positive effects of foods -- "This has healthy fats that are good for your brain" -- and when she doesn't like something she simply moves on to the next. She also engages with the foods using all of her senses: Young viewers see her smell, taste, and play with her ingredients; painting faces on turtles made from grapes or energetically shaking a jar to make her own whipped cream. Parents of extremely picky eaters will recognize that this is what food therapists try to foster most; the earlier you can get your child doing these things the better. The show also cleverly incorporates learning into the fun. Susie often identifies shapes and colors, counts, and even throws in a few words from other languages. This is a show that parents can always feel good about turning on for their kids, just as long as they're prepared to spend some time in the kitchen once it's over!
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Susie's attitude toward new foods. Does she try them willingly? What does she do when she doesn't like something? Are you curious to try any new foods?
What's the difference between this show and some of your child's other favorites? Can you learn anything from this one? Does that make it better?
Note the best kitchen practices in the show. Point out that Susie always washes her hands before starting, helps clean up when she's done, and has an adult do anything involving a knife.
- Premiere date: April 15, 2022
- Network: Max
- Genre: Reality TV
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: May 12, 2022
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