Tumble Leaf

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Vibrant preschool series teaches about science through play.

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Educational Value

Each story centers on a simple science-minded lesson such as how shadows are made or some objects fly. The content is well-suited to preschoolers' grasp of the topics, and the characters' delight in their discoveries can inspire viewers to ponder similar questions. Basic shapes and rhyming words are worked into the dialogue, and friendship, cooperation, and kindness are common themes as well. 

Positive Messages

Kids see the characters make exciting discoveries that help them learn about the world around them. Their adventures offer opportunities for problem solving and creative thinking, and the characters' friendly relationships have positive social messages. Characters vary widely in appearance and in the jobs they do, but each one has a unique purpose in this special place. Compassion and curiosity are major themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fig and his friends enjoy spending time together, and they find joy in experiencing new things through their play. They overcome challenges and fears together, always offering a helping hand when a neighbor is in need and thinking creatively to solve problems. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tumble Leaf's vibrant animation and colorful characters will draw preschoolers to this gently paced series, in which the characters make exciting discoveries that teach simple science concepts. The content is nicely suited to a young audience, as are the standout messages about friendship that play out among the diverse animal cast. Positive examples of problem solving and other prereading skills such as rhyming and basic shape recognition are woven into the stories as well. 

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What's the story?

In a magical place called TUMBLE LEAF lives Fig (voiced by Christopher Downs), a curious fox who welcomes adventures each day. When something new appears in the Finding Place, it inspires Fig to explore his woodland home and learn about how things work in the world around him. Usually he's joined by friends such as Maple (Brooke Wolloff), Hedge (Landon Clay), and his pet caterpillar, Stick, who also discover the joys of friendship on their journeys.

Is it any good?

There's a lot to like about this unique series and its memorable cast. The characters' individuality is nicely cultivated, and their interactions illustrate for kids the value of showing kindness and fairness to others. The stop-motion animation is beautiful, bringing to life the whimsical land that is Tumble Leaf. Your kids will marvel in the imaginative scenery, particularly when it comes to the tricked-out shipwreck Fig calls home, which is where every adventure begins.

But Tumble Leaf's most noteworthy quality is its adept integration of age-appropriate science concepts such as flight, motion, and magnification. Each story sees Fig and his friends exploring a new one as they play with common objects he encounters in and around his home, pondering questions that arise along the way and using critical-thinking skills to answer them. Even better, their discoveries celebrate the joy of learning and are easy for you to reinforce with tools such as kites, flashlights, and balls for some hands-on exploration with your kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' discoveries on Tumble Leaf. What question did they want to answer? Did they find the answer on their first try? How did they experiment with possible solutions before they settled on one? 

  • How does working with others make a job easier to manage? Do teammates or friends always have to agree? Why is it important to respect others' feelings and beliefs, even if they differ from yours?  

  • What special qualities make your kids unique? Do they always view their differences in a positive light? Do they ever feel pressure to look or act like someone else does? 

  • Take a walk outside and talk about what you see and hear. What questions do your kids have about science and nature? How can you explore those concepts with simple tools like the characters do? 

  • How do the characters on Tumble Leaf demonstrate curiosity and compassion? Why are these important character strengths?

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