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Parents need to know that Woolly And Tig is a series about a little girl from Scotland and her toy spider -- it combines live action and animation to create a series designed to help preschoolers understand and manage their feelings in a healthy way. This sweet show also offers problem solving suggestions that young children can understand. It’s short and simple enough to hold young children’s attention, and watching it with them can create an opportunity to initiate conversations about these topics.
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What's the story?
WOOLLY AND TIG is a series about a little Scottish girl and her supportive toy spider. Tig Jameson (Betsy McCredie) lives with her dad (Colin McCredie) and mum (Jenny Ryan), and brings Woolly, her stuffed blue spider (voiced by Jamie Oram) wherever she goes. Whenever Tig has to face a new situation, like going to the dentist, being in an unfamiliar country, or being bored on a long car ride, she has lots of feelings about it. Woolly then becomes animated, helps her work them out, express her emotions about each experience, and find solutions to them if possible.
Is it any good?
The simple, yet constructive British series offers lots of important social emotional lessons about understanding one’s feelings, putting things in perspective, and finding ways to problem solve. Each five minute installment offers simple storylines (performed by various members of Betsy McCredie’s actual family) with which preschoolers can easily relate. Meanwhile, Woolly acknowledges and breaks down Tig’s feelings about her experience(s) to her, which allows the little girl to feel that she is being heard and understood. She is then reassured, and gently guided through a thinking process to help her better cope with the situation she is reacting to. While children watching can certainly learn, and benefit from, the lessons offered here, the communication strategies and ideas Woolly And Tig offer gives adult viewers a chance to see how one can have successful conversations with a child about the feelings they are negotiating.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how they feel when experiencing new things. Do you feel excited? Anxious? Scared? How do you deal with these feelings? Who can you talk to in order to work them out?
What solutions does Woolly and Tig offer to being bored? How about when you’re sad? Or angry?
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