The Numtums

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively series for kids teaches numbers, math skills.

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Educational Value

Clear lessons about numbers and math. 

Positive Messages

Learning math can be fun. Friendship is also a theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Numtums are friends. Later episodes feature evil characters who antagonize the Numtums. 

Violence & Scariness

There’s talk about world domination, and occasional moments where characters get scared during an adventure, but nothing bad happens. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Numtums is an animated series that uses fun narratives and songs to teach math lessons. Early episodes are geared towards toddlers, but later episodes are meant for children that are few years older, and feature darker characters. Nonetheless, there’s nothing to worry about here.  

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What's the story?

THE NUMTUMS is an animated series about a group of ten termite-eating "numbats" who have numbers on their stomachs. Bendo Go, Dar Dar, Champer, Gladdy, Little Sandy, Flinders, Humpty Doo,Coogee, Hobart, and Nimbit live together in Gumnut Gorge, where they spend time with friends like Larry the lyrebird and The Flamingos. The gang loves adventures, especially when they have to use math when they run into trouble. From learning how to write and order numbers, to adding and subtracting, these creatures make learning numbers fun. 

Is it any good?

This lively series uses cute creatures, music, and games to teach basic math skills. While the first season of the show focuses on things like number recognition, later episodes offer lessons that are geared towards early primary school-aged viewers. The show also features an overarching story involving Super Numtum and Fluffy McTuffy, a koala who wants to take over the world. Overall, The Numtums is colorful and engaging, and shows how math can be fun, even for kids who might need a little swaying. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about math skills. Why do some people find math easy, and others find it difficult to learn? What ways do you like to learn? 

  • How are problems solved in The Numtums? How many of those solutions incorporate numbers in some way?

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