Yo Gabba Gabba!

Website review by
Michelle Kitt, Common Sense Media
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Wildly popular TV show gets interactive online.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn sensory motor skills as they dance along to music videos or use the computer to play responsive games like Color Garden or Mini-Golf. Games have instructions so parents can help their kids play.  The television series teaches good life skills like stay healthy, be friendly, and take turns but it's hard to tell which video clips on the site relate to those topics. Kids will be entertained by the colorful, lively activities, but parents can't easily choose the life skill to focus on.

Positive Messages

Games and gizmos encourage play and discovery with no harsh penalties or negative consequences.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Ads and links to buy merchandise or Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! concert tickets take up about as much, if not more, of the screen as the links to video clips, games, and gizmos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yo Gabba Gabba! is a companion website to the popular children's TV series a href="/tv-reviews/yo-gabba-gabba">Yo Gabba Gabba! and is just as vibrant and musical as its source. Very young fans of the show will need help with games that require specific keyboard strokes or mouse clicks. However, with Yo Gabba Gabba!'s exploratory gizmos kids of all ages can grab the mouse and go. Repetitive, beat driven songs play during all activities, but there are rewind, fast-forward, and pause controls for when kids (or adults) want it quiet.

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What's it about?

Kids can watch video clips from the TV show (most feature visiting musicians), play retro-graphic games, or work with gizmos. Some games involve a character and a mini-quest, like Brobee's Forest Adventure. Others, like Mini Golf or Magic Launch, weave in some science; kids have to apply enough force in the right direction to sink the ball in the target. With gizmos like Fishy-phonics, Jump and Spin, and Cut Out Color Papers, kids experiment with sound, movement, and color.

Is it any good?

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an online funhouse; colorful, musical, active. Video clips let kids relive some of their favorite songs and moments from the show, and kids can do activities with Muno, Toodee, Foofa, Brobee, and Plex whenever they want in fun new ways. It's clearly entertaining, but the show's youngest fans may not catch on to the games. Without categories (e.g. musician clips vs. other show segments, topics, ages, skills, and so on) it's tough to locate something your child loves and wants to repeat. Gizmos have no instructions but this works for very young kids who are free from the need to "get it" and the fear of "breaking it." Let them click with abandon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about media consumption. When a television show creates a companion website, it means more screen time. Read our advice for setting screen time limits that stick.

  • What kinds of things did they add or change to make the website more interactive than the TV show?

Website details

For kids who love cute characters

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