A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Wiggles encourage creative expression through singing and dancing, inspiring viewers to move their bodies. Promotes imagination through role-playing activities. Some segments include messages on hygiene and navigating age-appropriate real-life situations, such as learning how to dress for different types of weather.
Encourages positive attitude, friendship, and collaboration. Sparks creativity and demonstrates that learning can be fun. Lessons are mostly modeled, not taught.
Positive Role Models
Characters are friendly, polite, and kind to each other. They are enthusiastic and celebrate each others' achievements and abilities, regardless of skill level. The show models respectful conversation between peers and critical thinking, encouraging kids to research and explore for themselves.
Positive representation of race/ethnicity but limited to secondary characters. Main cast is all White and mostly male. Some stereotypical representations.
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Products & Purchases
The Wiggles is a well-known band and brand, but there's no direct advertisement in the series. Some plots may lightly encourage consumerism by mentioning items one character should have to participate in activities.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wiggles World is a 2020 musical show of the Australian band that was successful in the 1990s. The show features the second generation of Wiggles with the blue Wiggle, Anthony, the only one remaining from the original formation. The series features various races and ethnicities as secondary characters but the four Wiggle leaders are White and blue-eyed. Through segments with songs and choreography, the show encourages children to move their bodies and use their imagination. While model behavior is on-screen, lessons don't appear to be structured. Characters have a positive attitude and act friendly and politely toward each other, celebrating successes and helping in moments of difficulty. The show's pacing is on the slow side and better fit for a younger audience -- older toddlers could quickly disengage.
Is It Any Good?
Despite being a 2020 show, its simple aesthetics and slow pace may make it seem like a rerun from a 1990s episode. While there are bright colors and more diversity in The Wiggles World (at least in the secondary characters), older kids may find it difficult to engage with the series, as it appears to be geared to the very young. The show presents good models, but misses opportunities to explore the many possibilities of learning through music. Overall, it's safe and entertaining for creative toddlers.
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