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YaYa & Zouk
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that YaYa & Zouk is a preschool-focused show that explores imagination through pretend play. The main characters are a sister-brother duo who don't always agree but seem to work together well and enjoy each others' company as they magically go off on adventures and explore new areas. The episodes are short, approximately five to six minutes, which is just brief enough to get in some entertainment but not always long enough to really explore the benefits of using one's imagination or how it can be used to problem-solve or create.
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What's the story?
YAYA & ZOUK are a brother-and-sister duo who go on adventures through pretend play and the use of their imaginations. YaYa takes charge of most situations but allows little brother Zouk to play along as well. She doesn't always listen to him, but when he gets his chance to talk, YaYa is receptive to his ideas and they figure out how to work together. Story lines are simple (i.e., figuring out where to play with a squeaky ball so as not to disturb a sleeping baby, loving the color red, playing with a stuffed animal), but the kids' imaginations take them out of their real-life environment and allow them to travel to far-off places.
Is it any good?
The 2-D animation style and bright colors will be visually pleasing to both young and older viewers of this preschool series. Parents are never seen (except for from the waist down) but are occasionally heard giving direction to YaYa and Zouk, ensuring that someone's keeping an eye on these two young characters. While the siblings use their imaginations in every episode to meet new friends or visit fun new places, there's not a lot of structure regarding when and how imagination is used, making the overall show more entertaining than educational.
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Families can talk about what type of place they would like to explore in their imaginations. What would the weather be like? What kinds of creatures would they come across? If you could go to bed and choose the type of dream to have, what would you dream about?
Kids: What do you like to do when you're playing pretend? Where do you go? What do you do there? Whom do you meet?
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