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Teaches preschoolers healthy habits like resting, washing hands, drinking water, and staying away from people when you're sick.
Emphasizes the importance of taking care of yourself and also keeping the people you love healthy.
Positive Role Models
Everyone in the special sets good examples for healthy habits. Lead animated character is a young black girl who is an animal doctor, special also features a real-life female Black doctor and an Asian male nurse, as well as a diverse cast of real kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Doc McStuffins special reinforces important healthy habits for preschoolers. The Doc is In is a "greatest hits" remix of some of the most iconic scenes and songs from the show's 8-year run. It emphasizes 4 habits: washing hands, drinking water, getting enough rest, and keeping your germs away from other people. The special also features a diverse cast of real kids, a doctor, and a nurse, which helps make the lessons feel especially relevant to kids. Everything is presented in an age-appropriate way for even the youngest viewers. While it is not explicitly about the Covid-19 pandemic, it was released with the pandemic in mind and may help young kids feel more in control of their own health.
Is It Any Good?
This charming special is a cute summary of some of the most important health messages Doc McStuffins taught preschool viewers during its long run on TV. It does a great job of explaining things like why sleep is important in a way that is accessible to very young kids. There's not a ton of new material for Doc fans, but kids will like seeing their favorite songs and scenes all in one place (and it's a great introduction to the series for new viewers). The live-action kids and doctors onscreen help make the concepts even more concrete to kids in their real lives.
While the special doesn't explicitly mention Covid-19, it was released to coincide with National Handwashing Awareness Week in the United States during the 2020 pandemic,. By focusing on concrete things that kids can do to stay healthy, it may help young kids feel more in control of their own health during a scary time. It's a bit of a bummer that the health lessons aren't more directly related to Covid, and instead are general good practices that kids should always follow. The doctors do talk a little about wearing a mask and staying away from people if you're sick, but if parents are hoping for something that directly addresses the pandemic, they'll be disappointed.
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