A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This series introduces kids to the diversity of life in the ocean without overcomplicating marine biology concepts for its young audience. Each episode explores a new scientific term like "bioluminescence" or "invertebrates," presenting a handful of examples and incorporating the subjects into songs. A follow-up segment called "Get Your Feet Wet" shows kids related topics in real-life terms with video footage of actual sea creatures in action.
Kids learn about marine life with the help of engaging characters and their friendly, music-filled adventures. The series also incorporates social themes like overcoming fear and dealing with self-consciousness. Diversity helps make the ocean a vibrant and exciting place where each species is specially adapted to live and thrive. Strong messages about the rewards of curiosity.
Positive Role Models
Splash and Bubbles know that the best way to learn is by experiencing things firsthand (er, firstfin), so they jump right in to new adventures together. Even so, some can be intimidating or bring up feelings of self-doubt, so they lean on each other and their other ocean pals to find courage in those moments. Even with so many differences among the characters and the species they represent, the ocean is a place of symbiotic existence.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Splash and Bubbles is a preschool series from the Jim Henson Company that explores ocean science and marine biology concepts in fun, age-appropriate ways. Titular characters Splash and Bubbles serve as kids' guides through the deep as they embark on adventures to experience new places and meet new ocean species, learning about different creatures' adaptations to their habitats, as well as unique characteristics like bioluminescence. Every episode ends with a live-action sequence that reinforces the story's concept with real footage of ocean creatures in action. With music, friendly faces, positive messages about healthy expression of emotions, and lots of laughs, this fun series is a great pick to inspire kids' curiosity about the natural world.
Is It Any Good?
This charming series inspires respect for marine life and the ocean's diversity by pairing the characters' comical adventures with more traditional educational segments. Splash and Bubbles entices youngsters much the same way Finding Nemo's vibrant scenery and endearing characters did, bringing a certain intimacy to the vast expanse of the ocean through its friendly characters. Reeftown is a bustling community of all different kinds of marine life, but when Splash and Bubbles explore beyond its boundaries, they discover even more diversity and fascination.
What really distinguishes the educational quality of this show, though, is the pairing of the characters' stories with the live-action "Get Your Feet Wet" segments that reinforce the oceanography concepts. When an animated octopus shows how being an invertebrate lets him move in unusual ways, it doesn't resonate quite as much as does seeing an actual octopus squeeze into a narrow bottle, for instance. These close-up views of the wonders of marine life will amaze preschoolers and inspire curiosity about more wonders of the underwater world.
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