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Toy Hackers

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

STEM-geared toy line yields funny, creative web series.

TV YouTube Comedy 2016
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These funny, absorbing shorts are worthy additions to the acclaimed GoldieBlox franchise; they're creative, unique, and full of hilarious mishaps, as are most experiments. For a company that aims to get more girls on board with math and science, making it look as fun as it does in these stories is a great start. Putting it in the hands of the toys themselves (the collection's action figures are the stars of the show) is pure genius, and viewers of any age will enjoy how the show incorporates everyday supplies like masking tape, pipe stem cleaners, and plastic cups in the stories' settings and the inventions.

That said, YouTube is a can of worms that's best opened slowly when it comes to your kids. While the shows themselves are minimally commercialized (there's no direct push to buy GoldieBlox merchandise, and only a tiny advertisement promotes the guest stars' home channels), you can't watch a video on the site without the "convenience" of many other clips just a click away. In some cases, that's great, as accompanying TOY HACKERS videos include instructions for building the things you see in the show (an amplifier from a paper towel tube, for instance), which reinforces the show's engineering theme. In others, it can be less great, so be sure your kids understand their limits or you watch with them.

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