Word Party

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cute, fun preschool series puts kids in vocab-teaching role.
 Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The series aims to expand young kids' vocabulary and other prereading skills such as shape recognition, color awareness, and very basic counting abilities. By putting viewers in the position of being the "big kids," it encourages them to take an active role in the interaction.

Positive Messages

Kids see the characters' enthusiasm for learning and the joy they find in playing together. In some cases, stories incorporate emotions in ways that young kids will understand, as when a character cries after his block tower gets knocked over and his friends help make him feel better. Other important life skills such as manners and respect are incorporated, and curiosity is seen as a positive characteristic. Additional themes include empathy and teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The animals play, dance, and sing together, genuinely enjoying each other's company and their cooperative learning adventures. When problems arise (and they do), they work through them with kindness and always have happy endings.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Word Party is an educational show for preschoolers from the Jim Henson Company. It stars four adorable, diaper-wearing baby animals who are eager to learn from the "big kids" in the audience, to whom they turn for answers to many questions throughout an episode. This gives kids a certain role model status most other shows for this age group don't have, encouraging them to learn by "teaching" the characters. Along with building vocabulary, the series has positive themes that relate to emotional awareness, friendship, and getting along with others.

User Reviews

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Parent Written byAmy B. October 9, 2016

Slightly disappointed

I had great hopes for this show. I have been looking for something educational for my son but I was greatly disappointed that the characters on this show use... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 year old Written byAmanda D. September 11, 2016

My 16 month old loves this show

This show is great. My daughter has watched it multiple times, as she has no interest in most shows. The show is stimulating without being overwhelming. The sho... Continue reading

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What's the story?

WORD PARTY is an interactive preschool series from the Jim Henson Company. It centers on four animal babies -- Bailey, Franny, Kip, and Lulu -- who learn new words through play and their daily routines. Bouncing Clickety Clock drops in to tell them when it's time to eat, nap, and play, and every activity provides the kids with opportunities to explore language and other early learning skills, which they do with the help of the "big kids" in the viewing audience.

Is it any good?

This engaging series broadens preschoolers' vocabulary in a unique way, putting kids in a position to "teach" the characters as they learn themselves. The tweak may seem minor to parents, but for little ones who are constantly on the receiving end of instruction, being looked at as the big kid in the room could be just the thing to get them on board for learning. The show is paced well for youngsters, mixing fun and funny experiences with simple vocabulary lessons and other important skills such as shape identification. 

Word Party also incorporates less tangible lessons that are equally important for preschoolers. The characters' interactions often yield small conflicts that involve hurt feelings and differences of opinion, but they work through them by listening to each other, being patient, and finding kindness. At the same time, they learn about their own emotions and always end on a positive note, celebrating what they've learned as well as the learning process itself.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters in Word Party and their relationships. How can you tell they're good friends? Does that mean they always get along?

  • Parents can reinforce the show's educational content by helping kids identify shapes, numbers, and words like the characters do. What opportunities do you have during the day to count? To rhyme? What is your child's favorite color?

  • Kids: Do you like being in a big-kid role? What can you teach kids littler than you? What can you learn from kids who are older and from grown-ups?

  • How do the characters in Word Party demonstrate curiosity, empathy, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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