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The show is inspired by preschoolersâ€™ own creative tales and includes segments showing the kids telling parts of the story, which will inspire youg viewers' own imaginations. Themes often reflect relatable issues like conflicts with friends or handling disappointment.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this live-action puppet series for preschoolers encourages kids to explore their own imaginations. The series' format reinforces kids' natural inclination toward make believe and shows them the entertaining potential of their own stories. Parents may find the stories a bit too juvenile for their own enjoyment, but the 11-minute episodes are brief enough that even young preschoolers will enjoy following a story from beginning to end.
Is It Any Good?
This inventive series takes a creative approach to kids' entertainment, using stories by preschoolers to craft a show for preschoolers. All of the show's situations and supporting characters are created or inspired by kids, and young viewers will easily relate to the characters' kid-sized problems (running out of a favorite snack, for instance). The show also lets real kids share the spotlight with the puppets, which helps show preschoolers just how exciting and entertaining make believe and pretend play can be.
The down side to the show is that because the tales do come from kids, the storylines are pretty juvenile and slow-moving. But while The Mighty Jungle might not be at the top of most parents' list of shows to watch with their kids, if you let them watch on their own, they can practice their storytelling skills when you ask them to recap the episode for you. With a little encouragement, the process could inspire them to tap into their imaginations and create their own original tales as well.
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