The Sprout Sharing Show

Common Sense Media says

Positive messages and interactive fun for tots.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series promotes thoughtful expression, imagination, kindness, and self esteem. Music and art are central to the show, and kids can submit their own artwork for use in animated segments.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Kids and parents must visit the show's Web site to submit artwork for use on the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's no reason to worry about this preschool programming block, which pairs live-action scenes of the puppet stars with episodes of popular shows like Jay Jay the Jet Plane and Dragon Tales. The show encourages sharing, self expression, and imagination and showcases artwork and videos sent in by young viewers. Parents' only issue with the block may be its promotion of the Sprout Web site, which is the only way that parents can help kids submit their own artwork and videos for use on the show.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE SPROUT SHARING SHOW is a three-hour programming block featuring episodes of preschool favorites like Fireman Sam and PICME nestled between stories starring three happy-go-lucky puppet friends who make up the Sprout House Band. The trio plays music, introduces videos sent in by the show's young fans, and showcases kids' artwork, which is transformed into animated stories that promote the show's themes of self expression, imaginative play, and kindness.

Is it any good?

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There's a lot for parents to smile about in this block, since it combines quality preschool entertainment and feel-good shorts with strong positive messages for kids. There's also plenty of art appreciation by way of original music from the puppets and animated stories inspired by viewers' own artwork -- which hopefully will encourage kids to pick up the crayons and design their own masterpieces for the show.

Parents also don't have to worry that the show's three-hour timeslot means their kids will feel compelled to watch for the duration. With so many transitions between puppet scenes and the condensed versions of the animated series, there are lots of handy stopping points for easing your kids away from the television. In fact, the show's only sticking point is the inescapable promotion of the Sprout Web site, which facilitates kids' submissions of artwork and videos. But your preschooler isn't likely to make the connection -- at least not right away.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sharing. Kids: What does it mean to share? What are some different ways you can share (i.e., sharing toys, sharing ideas, sharing feelings)? How does it feel when you share? How about when others share with you? Why is it important to be a caring and considerate person? Also, parents -- it's never too late to start telling your kids why they shouldn't post personal information online; explain why sending in an anonymous artwork is OK, but telling someone your real name isn't.

TV details

Network:Sprout
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old February 5, 2013
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18
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that was creepy

every second frame is a provacative image
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byLaura Jones January 14, 2012
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2
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positive information and food bedtime habbits

my little girl not only loves the show she is learning valuable lessons she now likes brushing her teeth and going to bed at a descent hour by 9pm on not inforced but own descions
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 1 years old July 26, 2011
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2
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We love Sprout!!

Sprout is almost the only channel my son (15 months) is allowed to watch, besides a few movies. I love the cast (he adores Nina). I love the fact that it's live and that it moves with you throughout the day (like if we're trying to settle him down before bed, there are always slow relaxing cartoons or music on, such as Kipper). We used to be a huge fan of Caillou, however today I was reading reviews on it and everyone was saying he whines to much, and now that I think about he does whine..ALOT! Other than I, I highly recommend Sprout. They even have a website and you can send stuff in (drawing, birthday wishes, songs). They'll even sing happy birthday to you child on live TV.
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