Wild Animal Baby Explorers
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Magazine-based series sparks kids' curiosity about nature.
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Each episode centers on a scientific query that will resonate with preschoolers, like how trees grow or why different birds have different kinds of beaks. The characters gather clues and discover answers at a pace that kids can easily follow, and their excitement will encourage the same sentiment in youngsters.
The show encourages kids’ respect for nature and curiosity about animal behavior, the diversity of living things, and the symbiotic relationship among plants and animals.
Positive Role Models
The animals learn about the world around them by getting out and exploring it. Miss Sally guides them and answers their questions but allows them to make discoveries on their own, encouraging their independence.
Products & Purchases
The series is linked to the Animal Baby magazines for preschoolers, and the show does include references to its own website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sweet series takes preschoolers on a virtual field trip in the outdoors, where the characters explore their surroundings and make discoveries about nature and wildlife. The animated show includes live-action segments that give kids a close-up look at animals in their natural habitats, and the content encourages them to recognize clues about how animals live and nature works. The series includes references to its own website, and it's tied to a magazine by the National Wildlife Federation.
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What's the Story?
In WILD ANIMAL BABY EXPLORERS, four young animal friends find that the world is their classroom as they travel by land, air, and sea to learn how nature works and how animals live. Skip (voiced by Michelle Ruff), Benita (Olivia Charles), Izzy (Robert Mark Klein), and Sammy (Charles again) have lots of questions about the world they live in, and their mentor, Miss Sally (Ruff again), knows the best way for them to learn is to discover the answers themselves. When a question strikes, the friends head out to gather clues and make new discoveries.
Is It Any Good?
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation and based on the Wild Animal Baby magazine, this series is a great first step for preschoolers into the wonderful world of nature. The topics (animal species, plants, seasons, etc.) will be familiar to kids, who are naturally curious about the world around them and will be inspired by the animals' discoveries.
Wild Animal Baby Explorers lends itself perfectly to families' own field trips into nature, and its range of content offers parents some great ideas for gearing those outings toward particular topics. Since the show also exposes preschoolers to basic scientific terms and demonstrates the link between gathering information and making discoveries, parents can reinforce this learning in their own excursions with their kids.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about nature. What did you learn from this show? What kinds of wildlife and plants do you see where you live? How have these species adapted to the climate where you are? What kinds of things threaten their survival?
Kids: How do Sammy, Skip, Benita, and Izzy learn about the world around them? What kinds of clues do they look for? How do they use these clues to understand nature?
What questions do you have that you'd like to answer? Where can you go to explore and learn about these topics? Would you need any special tools?
- Premiere date: October 3, 2010
- Cast: Michelle Ruff, Olivia Charles, Robert Mark Klein
- Network: PBS
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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