The Fairies

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Musical Aussie series has great takeaways for tots.

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Educational value

The show is rich in lessons about social dynamics and self-esteem. Some stories also incorporate more concrete preschool skills such as telling time and counting.

Positive messages

Each story explores a character trait or aspect of preschoolers' social development in the context of a fun, appealing story. As the characters learn about being good friends, the joys of sharing, and the importance of persevering through challenges, kids see the rewards as well. The simple stories are enhanced by creative songs and dance numbers that reinforce the stories' positive messages.

Positive role models & representations

All the characters are exceedingly friendly, caring, and super-excited about learning new things and having new adventures. Each one shares unique gifts with the group, but it's the way they relate to and support each other that really stands out to viewers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Fairies is an Australian preschool series that explores social skills and relationship dynamics through friendly stories and songs. Fairies and other fantasy creatures engage preschoolers in their magical woodland world by speaking directly to them at various points throughout the show. Kids will love how make-believe comes to life on-screen, and parents will appreciate the quality of the stories and musical selections.

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What's the story?

THE FAIRIES is set in a magical, colorful Fairyland home of best friends Harmony (Candice Moll) and Rhapsody (Ruth Fallon), two happy-go-lucky fairies who love to explore and play together. Joining them are their woodland neighbors Barnaby the Bizzy Buzzy Bee (PJ Oaten), Elf the Fairy Cake Maker (Rhys Bobridge), and the mishap-prone Wizzy the Wizard (Adam Goodburn). As these friends share glittery adventures, they learn about themselves, each other, and the joys of friendship.

Is it any good?

The Fairies is the stuff of little girls' dreams: a stage clad in pastels of every hue and brought to life by grown-ups in vibrant costumes with equally creative imaginations...and delightful Aussie accents, of course. Parents will notice subpar effects and some pretty cheesy acting on the grown-up actors' parts, but the effect will be altogether different for kids. The humorous stories are jazzed up by song-and-dance numbers that kids will want to get up and imitate, and, on this point, even parents have to give the show credit for quality tunes that teach great social lessons.

But when the glitz and shimmer dies down, what do preschoolers take with them from this joyful show? Quite a lot of solid illustrations of self-esteem, perseverance, respect, sharing, and many other admirable qualities explored by the joyful characters in the context of the cute tales. All in all, The Fairies is an engaging departure from the typical American preschool series and offers kids a wealth of quality content as it entertains them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the characters learn in each story. What problem arose that needed solving? How did the friends pitch in to help? What did the outcome teach them about sharing, caring, or appreciating their own uniqueness?

  • Kids: What is a role model? What kinds of qualities do you respect in people you consider to be role models? Does a role model have to be a real-life person? Which of your friends do you most admire, and why?

  • If your kids like the make-believe in this series, use it to inspire your own creative play. Who are your kids' favorite characters in role-playing? Where do you imagine you are? What dangers exist there? What special powers do you have to overcome those dangers?

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