Parents' Guide to

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Action- and learning-packed science show doesn't disappoint.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Low-Budget Animation

The animation style was pretty odd, and the concepts were too complicated for little ones. As a first grade teacher, I felt this was more appropriate for 7+. I also disliked the reference to Christopher Columbus discovering America in Episode 1. My son watched the entire episode, but wasnt impressed.

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Educational value

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This show pulls out all the stops in its effort to pique kids' curiosity about scientific matters, using virtual reality, music, comedy, and even some mild gross-out humor to hook them. It does the trick, creating an engaging show that sets up semi-realistic scenarios (friends lost on a hike, a grandma who needs to know whether jewels are real, and the like) as avenues for learning about specific STEM concepts. Whether they're looking to learn a lot or just to be entertained, kids won't be disappointed in this intriguing show.

Being the modern production that it is, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab uses every scientific tool at its disposal, and that means that the kids are rarely without their handheld devices. They use them primarily as a means of communication and research, but they also mention uploading content to the show's website, so your kids might be inclined to check out that as well.

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