Sydney Sailboat

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Spunky boat's adventures have good lessons for preschoolers.

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Educational Value

The show introduces kids to basic nautical vocabulary such as "bow," "hull," and "spinnaker." 

Positive Messages

Sydney is eager for adventure and willing to help his neighbors, even those who aren't always nice to him. The characters use teamwork to solve problems and value friendship. Sydney struggles with feelings of inferiority when tasks are too big for him to handle without help, but kids see that everyone has a role to play and sometimes being small has its advantages. Strong messages about positive characteristics such as honesty, kindness, and self-expression. Negative behavior always has consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sydney embraces life, enjoys his friends, and gets satisfaction from solving problems. Even though he has great confidence in himself, he knows his limits and calls for help when a task is too much for him. All the grown-up characters are good models for the youngsters as well.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sydney Sailboat is an Australian preschool series about a young boat who's eager for adventure with his friends. The characters are excellent examples of cooperation and friendship, and other positive qualities such as honesty, self-esteem, and forgiveness take center stage in each tale's lesson. Negative behavior such as bullying or disobedience always has consequences, but inevitably there's a happy ending -- and a great message -- for everyone.

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What's the story?

SYDNEY SAILBOAT follows the adventures of a young schooner named Sydney (voiced by Samson Hyland) and his seafaring friends in Bubble Bath Bay. Each day presents Sydney or his best pal, Zip (Frederique Sims), with a troubling predicament such as procrastinating on getting a birthday gift or not heeding a grown-up's advice. Sometimes the youngsters can resolve the problems themselves, but more often they realize there's value in using teamwork. 

Is it any good?

This Australian show's friendly nautical characters are much like preschoolers themselves: They're excitable, curious, and impulsive, which yields many teaching moments for kids. The scenarios will resonate with youngsters, as will Sydney's recurring frustration over being little in a world of bigger, more powerful boats who seemingly can do so much more than he can. Even so, Sydney learns that being little isn't necessarily a bad thing, and being himself is always the way to go.

With stories that showcase the value of telling the truth, expressing your feelings, and standing up for what's right, Sydney Sailboat has a lot of positive content for preschoolers. And even though it's not a primary focus of the show, they'll also pick up a few things about the similarities and differences among various kinds of boats.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to listen to parents and other authority figures. Kids: Are you ever tempted to disregard what your parents or teachers ask of you? In what circumstances could doing so be dangerous? 

  • How do the characters show they're friends? Are there ever moments when some don’t get along? How do they reconcile their differences? Have your kids ever had spats with their friends?  

  • Why is it fun to imagine human characteristics on normally inanimate objects such as the boats in this show? How do the characters' personalities match the types of machines and vehicles they are? What other movies or series brings to life characters in creative ways?

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