The Wiggles

Common Sense Media says

A fun show for preschoolers from Down Under.

Age(i)

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The Wiggles encourage kids to move around, follow rhythms, be silly in an age-appropriate way, and their music and songs encourage literacy.

Positive messages

The Wiggles and characters collaborate and work cooperatively as a team.

Positive role models

Each Wiggles character is cheerful, positive, helpful, and kind.

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

There's tons of branded merchandise available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that with millions of CDs and DVDs sold, it's no wonder these Australians have maintained a huge following with the preschool crowd for more than a decade. At first glimpse the show may appear to be lacking in educational content, but the good, wholesome fun and music encourage 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds to listen for musical cues, move their bodies to rhythms, and, most of all, be age-appropriately silly. The four Wiggles and their lovably goofy cast of characters really do know what they're doing.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When the three orginal members of THE WIGGLES (Greg, Murray, and Anthony) met while studying to be preschool teachers in Sydney, Australia, they merged their interests in early-childhood education and music, added fourth band member, Jeff, and soon became one of the most popular and successful children's performing acts in Australia. They brought their album to New York City, and soon launched their hit TV show. The foursome (Greg left the group in 2006 due to illness and was replaced by an understudy) clearly knows what's entertaining to this age range -- they've mastered the kind of songwriting that invites little bodies to move and sing along with the funny lyrics. The Wiggles is like a variety show for young kids.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In this era of high-tech expectations, it's wonderful to see that a show that uses silly skits and simple sets and costumes (each member wears distinctive, long-sleeved, primary-colored T-shirts and black pants) can still capture the attention of preschool-aged children. The other colorful characters -- including a polka-dotted green dinosaur named Dorothy who wears a bonnet and eats roses, a friendly pirate named Captain Feathersword, a purple Octopus named Henry, and a floppy-eared dog named Wags -- add even more humor to the show and have developed their own following.

The format is simple. Usually there's some situation such as Jeff won't wake up or Dorothy loses her voice, and everyone gets together to solve the problem in a few very short skits, using simple dialogue, some quirky sound effects, and lots of facial expressions. Along with skits, songs are performed by The Wiggles as a band, often using child dancers. Quite often they sing songs from other cultures, but they typically do not have many children of color participate on the show. Despite this limitation, The Wiggles will be entertaining preschoolers for years to come.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes the group so appealing to kids. Kids: Do you like the music? The characters? The colors? What makes the Wiggles' songs so catchy?

TV details

Cast:Anthony Field, Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook
Network:Sprout
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old June 5, 2011
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

God show. :)

I used to like it when I was 0-7!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old February 20, 2011
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bytrajedy April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Dancing fun

My 2 year old loves the Wiggles. They sing and dance throughout the show, often teaching social lessons in a way small children can understand. As an added perk, if you need an aerobic workout, try to keep up with your little one, as s/he dances along!

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