Tinga Tinga Tales

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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African folk tales feed kids' curiosity, teach good lessons.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The series increases kids' awareness of other cultures and exposes them to different styles of storytelling.

Positive Messages

The series exposes kids to African-inspired stories, music, and art, and each story promotes a social theme like sharing, empathy, or courage. The stories cater to kids’ natural curiosity about their surroundings and encourage them to think creatively about the way the world looks and works.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each of the characters is strong and wise in his own way, but each also has room to improve, as the stories show. Whether their changes are physical or social, the animals learn that positive behavior is rewarded and negative behavior has consequences.

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The show is linked to a series of books for preschoolers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tinga Tinga Tales caters to kids’ natural sense of curiosity and will inspire their own creative thinking about the world around them. East African-inspired art and music complement the beautiful stories about how safari animals came to look and act as they do today, and at the heart of each tale is a positive lesson about relating to others and being a good person. This series is a great way to increase kids’ appreciation of the world’s cultural diversity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnnies mom March 31, 2011

Disney Junior usually has hits, but this is a miss.

At first glance, the show seems pretty cute. But some of the messages are either intentionally bad or just maybe not well-thought out. In the specific case of... Continue reading
Adult Written byPtmaha June 3, 2020

The best

The best show I ever seen and so fun tales
Kid, 9 years old February 25, 2011

The worst show that I ever seen!

Duh.............as boring as american idol!

What's the story?

TINGA TINGA TALES uses Tanzanian-inspired art to bring animal-centered African folk tales to life. Stories like “Why Lizard Hides Under Rocks” and “Why Lion Roars” put a multicultural spin on the theory of evolution and illustrate interpersonal issues like the importance of sharing, having courage in the face of fear, and being humble.

Is it any good?

This beautifully animated series exposes kids to rich African culture through art, music, and timeless storytelling that will change the way they look at the world’s animal inhabitants. 

The intriguing tales were gathered from a range of African nations, and each one takes kids on a fantastical safari adventure to discover the reasons behind the natural world's diversity. Although the show is geared toward preschoolers, its stories and social messages won’t be lost on older kids who tune in, and it will inspire them to think creatively about how the world got to be the way it is today.

Tinga Tinga Tales is a great introduction to multicultural arts and heritage, and its brief format (each story is only 15 minutes long) caters to parents who want to share quality entertainment with their kids in small doses. And since the stories also incorporate positive messages about personal and social responsibility, there will be plenty to discuss about how the animals’ experiences relate to your kids’ lives after the TV’s turned of.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lessons the animals learn in Tinga Tinga Tales. How does their behavior or attitude change? How do their friends help them recognize their negative behavior?

  • How are these stories different from the ones you usually hear in books or on TV? How is the artwork different? Do you like the way this show looks and sounds? Why or why not? 

  • What aspects of the world around you do you think need explanation? What makes different animal species unique? If you could tell the story of how an animal came to look like it does today, what would you say?

  • How does Tinga Tinga Tales promote curiosity and empathy? Why are those important character strengths?

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For kids who love animals

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