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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zoofari is a funny clip-based series about animals. It's geared toward young kids but, like lots of animal-based shows, makes for fun family viewing. Episodes present groups of creatures by shared characteristics or behavior -- those that fly, great dancers, big and little animals, babies, etc. -- with narration that teaches basic facts about the subjects in comical ways. There's not a ton of heavy learning here, but what's presented is enough to inspire kids' curiosity about the animal kingdom in general, as well as specific species, so families can build on the basics together.
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What's the Story?
ZOOFARI introduces kids to the wild and wacky animal species of the world. Narrated by Maxwell Glick, the show uses video clips and funny voice-overs to show furry, scaly, feathery, and sea creatures in their natural habitats, whether that be the great outdoors or the comforts of a domesticated home. Episodes categorize and present groups of creatures by shared nature or experience, including underwater dwellers, desert inhabitants, and babies. Interspersed with the learning segments are funny shorts that involve jokes or animals doing human things like using a phone.
Is It Any Good?
This fun series plants the seeds of curiosity about animal behavior and diversity rather than overwhelming its audience with volumes of knowledge. Using a clip-based format that caters to the short attention span of young kids, Zoofari exposes them to small amounts of facts about many different kinds of animals in basic classifications of shared traits, kind of like a primer in a young reader's library.
By pairing that with lighthearted narration and putting silly voices to many of the animals on-screen, the show makes the act of learning about the natural world an intriguing one. Even though its content is best suited for kids, Zoofari makes for fun family viewing as well, and parents and kids can build on what they learn in the show with books, series on related topics, or even field trips to a zoo or an animal park.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the similarities and differences between the animals in each episode of Zoofari. If they share a habitat, how might they coexist? What special adaptations do different species have to help them survive in the wild?
Does the show's use of humor help maintain your attention? What did you learn from this episode? Do your kids learn best by hearing, seeing, or touching? How can you further explore the topic of animals and biodiversity in this specific way?
Kids: What aspects of science inspire your curiosity? Why do you think it's an important character strength? Do you like to build or create things? Do you wonder how things work or grow? Where can you learn more about these and other topics like them?
- Premiere date: February 5, 2018
- Cast: Maxwell Glick
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Ocean Creatures, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: September 3, 2022
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