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Parents need to know that this programming block starring The Wiggles is a high-energy way to get preschoolers started in the morning. The upbeat songs are sure to get kids moving, and the abbreviated episodes of kid-friendly series like The Mighty Jungle mean that there are plenty of good "TV turn off" stopping points without kids thinking they’re missing something. As a bonus, the show makes an effor to remind kids about the importance of eating well and staying healthy. Expect regular mentions of the show's Web site, where kids (with parents’ help, that is) can submit photos and videos for use on the show.
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What's the story?
SPROUT’S WIGGLY WAFFLE is a three-hour programming block designed to get preschoolers excited about the start of a new day. The show stars The Wiggles, who hang out in and around an oversized waffle with squares that open to reveal visitors -- as well as abbreviate episodes of preschooler favorites like Bob the Builder and Play with Me Sesame. The colorfully clad singers also perform original songs, and interactive segments allow kids to submit their own photos and videos for use in skits.
Is it any good?
Though it’s true that entertainment-a-la-Wiggles isn’t every parent’s cup of tea, there’s no denying that the Aussie foursome know what they’re doing when it comes to kids. In this case, the Wiggles’ catchy tunes, silly skits, and preschool-friendly games like "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" do more than capture kids’ attention -- they teach young viewers about the importance of healthy habits like eating well and exercising and encourage them to jump up and work out their own wiggles.
Although the Wiggly Waffle block is technically three hours long, all of the transitions between segments and program episodes offer plenty of opportunity to turn off the TV without too much protest. Ultimately, the only thing parents might find iffy is how often the show promotes its Web site, which is where kids can submit photos and videos for use on the show.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about healthy habits. Why is it important to give your body the right foods to keep it feeling good? How do you get your exercise? What other types could you try?
Kids: Do you like The Wiggles' music? Why or why not? Do you have a favorite character on the show?
What rules does your family have for TV use? Are the rules the same for other media in your home? Kids: How do these rules keep you safe?
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