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Preschoolers see the characters identify a problem, gather clues, share ideas, and eventually solve a mystery using teamwork. The process illustrates the value of working as a team, learning from mistakes, and following through on a task. Kids also learn some simple truths about the natural world, such as how shadows are made and what sounds different animals make.
Kids see the detectives gather and analyze clues to solve puzzles that arise in their everyday experiences. Many of the mysteries deal with some aspect of nature and the characters' outdoor surroundings, like where rainbows come from and what attracts bees, introducing preschoolers to simple concepts of the natural world. Strong messages about friendship, problem solving, and sticking with a challenge to its end.
Positive Role Models
Teri and Toby work well together, and their different styles and can-do attitudes complement each other in the mystery solving process. Toby uses his magnifying glass to find and scrutinize clues, and Teri uses her camera to collect pictures of all of the evidence so they can see the bigger picture. Their effective teamwork – and their friends' help – ensures their success and their ability to help others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Treehouse Detectives is an animated series about a bear brother-and-sister team who, along with their animal friends, solve mysteries about their experiences and about the natural world around them. The show is geared toward preschoolers, with characters who are friendly, kind, and above all curious about what they discover. Kids will see positive examples of teamwork and perseverance in the young detectives' efforts to solve the puzzles, and they never get discouraged when they fall short. In addition to the characters' positive qualities, the show also teaches viewers simple truths about the natural world, like how tides work and why hermit crabs must find their own shells.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet series appeals to preschoolers' sense of curiosity and illustrates the value of asking questions, suggesting answers, and learning from the process of solving mysteries. Those that present themselves to Toby and Teri are relatable to the experiences of the Treehouse Detectives' viewers: What attracts bees? Why do bodies of water look like they change colors? Why is flight easy for some creatures and hard for others? These simple queries inspire fun, friendly, and educational adventures for the show's characters and, by association, for the kids who watch.
Most prominent among the characters' many positive attributes is a persistent can-do attitude about every puzzle they face. Never do they get discouraged, even when their theories are proven incorrect or their ideas don't pan out. Instead they learn from the experiences, regroup, and try again, always with the confidence that eventually they will find the answer in the end.
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