A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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Kids and parents must visit the show's Web site to submit artwork for use on the show.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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