Yo Gabba Gabba!
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?