Team Umizoomi

 
Super team teaches preschoolers real-life math applications.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Important early math skills like comparing, counting, building patterns, and computing are central to the show's stories, which also incorporate colors, shapes, and retention of information. 

Positive messages

The show emphasizes the value of mastering math skills like counting, computing, and measuring, showing kids how they're useful in solving everyday problems. 

Positive role models

Milli, Geo, and Bot are enthusiastic about new challenges and think creatively about solving the problems they’re presented with. They’re always happy to pitch in and help out a friend in need. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful series for preschoolers reinforces math skills like counting, measuring, and spatial relations. The show’s interactive format will keep kids engaged and excited about helping the characters solve the problems they encounter, and they’ll sharpen other skills like shape recognition and color identification along the way.

What's the story?

When trouble strikes in Umi City, kids are quick to enlist the help of mini superheroes Milli (voiced by Sophia Fox), Geo (Ethan Kempner), and their robot Bot (Donovan Patton). The spunky group solves all kinds of problems for their friends with their mastery of mathematics, and their adventures take them all over, above, and below the colorful city they call home.

Is it any good?

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Created by the braintrust that forever changed kids’ programming with Blue's Clues, TEAM UMIZOOMI entices kids with its vibrant visual appeal and colorful characters who embody the energy and spirit of preschoolers. The show’s now-familiar interactive format encourages kids to puzzle through questions themselves and take pride in themselves when they answer correctly.

Beyond offering exceptional educational content for youngsters, the show also is unique in its deliberate focus on a math curriculum. Many shows reinforce basic counting and number recognition skills, but Team Umizoomi takes the content to another level by introducing more complex concepts like spatial relation, measurement, and geometry -- and all at a level that preschoolers will have little trouble grasping.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the role that math plays in solving everyday problems. How did Milli and Geo’s knowledge of numbers help them work through the challenge of the day? When do you use numbers on a regular basis?

  • Kids: Milli, Geo, and Bot each have special skills they can use. What are some of your special talents? How do you work to improve those skills? How helpful do you find them?

  • The show also draws attention to the shapes and colors that make up the world around us. Parents and kids can make a game out of identifying shapes and colors they see outside. Did this show teach you anything about colors, shapes, and numbers?

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Parent Written byMelissaBeth February 19, 2015
age 2+
 

Great for Math and Counting, but very distinct blue/pink Gender Separation

My 2.5 YO daughter loves this show. I started showing it for her to help with her one-to-one correspondence. She's really excited to count now, and enjoys the interactivity of the show. My main problem is that the two "human" characters are very gender separate. The girl, "Millie" has powers related to changing patterns on her dress. Her pigtails are measuring tapes. The boy "Geo" makes shapes with his belt. Geo or the robot, "Bot" performs all physical activities. Millie doesn't do anything physical. It's extremely pink/blue gender separate in a number of ways. I find myself trying to have abstract conversations with my daughter about why it's not fair that Millie can't use roller skates and skateboards. The problem is that this type of messaging is too subtle to be actively grasped by a child of my daughter's age, but she will be absorbing it nonetheless. Overall, I think this show is good for helping my kid with math, but it's regrettable how gender is treated. I really wish it was more gender neutral.
Kid, 11 years old August 11, 2012
age 18+
 

NO

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM DON'T CALL TEAM UMIZOOMI CALL GHOSTBUSTERS
What other families should know
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Too much consumerism
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Adult Written bySamanthamaster1 November 21, 2014
age 3+
 

Educational for preschoolers and adventurous for everyone else.

Team Umizoomi is a great show for everyone preschool aged and older. because, preschoolers will learn about patterns, comparing, and, basic math such as addition and subtraction, it will also be fun for everyone else, because, they already have the knowledge to participate in the adventure. Even if your're older than preschool, you can also still enjoy the fun songs they sing.
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