TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Words come to life in delightful preschool series.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 15 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Early literacy lessons in word identification and the concept of spelling are cleverly integrated into the show with each character and object built out of its letters. Also each episode involves a "build a word" segment where the characters make a big deal about spelling a word that will help solve a problem.

Positive Messages

The series encourages preschoolers' recognition of letters, letter sounds, and simple words while characters also demonstrate positive social traits like friendship, honesty, and cooperation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each character has strong positive traits, though some are sillier than others. Even when a character makes a mistake, he or she learns from it.

Violence & Scariness

Some very basic mishaps, like a character falling or missing a bus.

Sexy Stuff

The series has an extensive toy line that is marketed in mainstream toy stores.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WordWorld is a delightful animated series that introduces preschoolers to the shapes and sounds of letters and starts them on the path to literacy. It does this by showing how those letters combine to form words. Characters frequently spell words aloud as the letters appear on the screen, and as kids become more familiar with the alphabet, they'll be encouraged to do the same. Simple storylines and vibrant characters will excite youngsters' imaginations and entertain them as they learn.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 and 2-year-old Written byBatfan7 May 28, 2018

Almost perfect

This has inspired my 3-yr old to 'build a word'. I give credit to this show for his enthusiasm for playing with letters and attempting to create words... Continue reading
Parent Written byAtlMom January 31, 2014

WordWorld is great for kids AND parents

I admit it, after a few hours of "Thomas and Friends", I have had enough. But with WordWorld, I don't have that problem. It is hilarious and educ... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 30, 2015

Creepy as heck.

Animals that look like words. This just creeps me out. You won't watch to watch unless you're 2 or 3 and brain dead. Yours, Goatworlds.
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd December 12, 2012

wordworld?more like bordworld if you ask me

this show is boring and juvenile and while I am aware that this is a cartoon and it`s not suppost to be real but the animation isn`t anywhere close to being con... Continue reading

What's the story?

WORDWORLD is set in a colorful land where everything has a name and where the places, objects, and inhabitants are formed out of the individual letters in those names. Whether it's a barn, a train, a bridge, or a duck, one glance at everything that appears on screen shows kids which letters make up its name. Each episode follows the daily adventures of the seven main characters (called WordFriends) who live in WordWorld. Preschoolers watch as Sheep, Frog, Bear, Dog, Pig, Ant, and Cat read and spell their way through the minor mishaps that occur around them.

Is it any good?

This unique series is designed to change the way preschoolers build the skills they need for future literacy. In one segment, for example, the friends happen upon an egg that's fallen from its tree. Sheep soon discovers that the egg is surprisingly restless and refuses to stay in one place for long. The group brainstorms ideas about how to make it more comfortable, and Frog suggests building a nest. He gathers the components he needs to spell the word, and when the N, E, S, and T come together, they morph into a cozy bed for the tired egg.

The show is perfectly suited for preschoolers' learning level, and it will entertain them as it reinforces their knowledge of letters, sounds, and simple words. With its imaginative design and with the various font styles used to create the letter-based objects, the WordWorld package is delightful enough to draw in parents almost as readily as kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about letters and their sounds and how they combine to make words. How does WordWorld help teach these letters and sounds? Parents can test their preschoolers' recognition of letters as you read books and draw, and they can encourage their kids' interest in words by reading to them, telling stories, and singing songs.

  • Kids: What letters are in your name? Can you write them? What sound does each letter make? What other words can you spell?

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