Super Monsters: Santa's Super Monster Helpers

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Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Preschool monsters team with Santa in great holiday special.

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Educational Value

Social-emotional lessons are shared as the story emphasizes the importance of teamwork to help achieve a goal.

Positive Messages

Emphasizes teamwork, helping your friends, perseverance, and that it's okay to make mistakes.

Positive Role Models

All characters are great role models that demonstrate pro-social behavior.

Violence & Scariness

Characters are monsters, but they're very cute and not at all scary.

Language
Consumerism

Some focus on presents, but more about the joy of the holiday season.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Santa's Super Monster Helpers is a Christmas special from the preschool series Super Monsters. The monsters go on a field trip to the North Pole and learn the importance of working together as a team to achieve a goal. The special has an inclusive attitude towards the holiday, as several of the monsters don't celebrate Christmas but still get to take part in the Santa fun. The storyline does revolve around presents, but it's more about the joy of giving and doesn't emphasize "getting." Little kids will love this adorable and visually-stunning celebration of Christmas.

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What's the story?

In Santa's Super Monster Helpers, the younger Super Monsters class takes a field trip to the North Pole. The monsters meet Santa and get a behind-the-scenes tour of his workshop. They use their monster magic to build a giant snowman, but GrrBus accidentally knocks it over and ruins all the presents that Santa's supposed to deliver on Christmas Eve! The older Super Monsters class comes to help, and they work together with Santa's helpers to rebuild all of the broken presents. Using everyone's unique monster powers, they finish just in time for Santa to load up his sleigh. The Super Monsters learn the importance of teamwork and perseverance as they celebrate the joy of the season.

Is it any good?

This Christmas special is a sweet holiday celebration with great positive messages for preschoolers. It's visually stunning, and little kids will love seeing the brightly colored details of Santa's North Pole workshop. It's an inclusive celebration that starts off with several of the Super Monsters talking about how they don't celebrate Christmas at all, and other monsters reassure them that Santa will still be happy to meet them. There's a great message of perseverance as the younger monsters make several mistakes throughout the episodes but are encouraged to keep trying by the older monsters. And most of all, the special emphasizes that the monsters can do hard things when they work together as a team. Kids will love this Christmas special and grown-ups will love the great examples the Super Monsters set for their kiddos.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • The Super Monsters worked together to save Christmas, and if they didn't use teamwork they wouldn't have been able to help Santa. Is there anything you can think of that's easier when you don't do it alone?

  • The younger Super Monsters are still learning how to use their powers. They made mistakes at first, but they used perseverance to keep trying until they got it. What do you think you can learn if you keep practicing over and over?

  • Does your family celebrate Christmas? Or any other winter holidays, like some of the Super Monsters? What are some ways we celebrate holidays?

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