Busy Beavers

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Underwhelming animation, catchy tunes educate and entertain.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Most of the chants and songs explore preschool concepts such as number sense, color recognition, phonics, shapes, and letters.

Positive Messages

The songs and rhymes encourage kids to memorize and learn important concepts. Other songs encourage independence, or focus on the love of family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The animated hosts are engaging and playful while imparting useful information.

Violence & Scariness

Humpty Dumpty does fall off a pretty big wall, but that's about it.

Sexy Stuff
Consumerism

Each video reminds viewers to subscribe to the channel, and to visit the Busy Beavers website to purchase their DVD sets. Occasional references to the stuffed Billy Beaver and Betty Beaver plush dolls, available on Amazon.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Busy Beavers is a YouTube channel featuring songs and rhymes performed by animated characters for toddlers and preschoolers. While they do their own versions of classic kid songs like "I'm a Little Teapot" and "Humpty Dumpty," the majority of the tunes featured here are originals, and cover subjects such as numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. There are also songs about holidays, hand-washing, using the potty, and so on. Each video starts with a reminder to subscribe to the channel, and directing viewers to the Busy Beavers website to check out the DVDs. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note: Our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family.

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What's the story?

BUSY BEAVERS is a multipurpose learning hub full of animated videos teaching various early-learning concepts such as numbers, the alphabet, colors, shapes, and more. The videos feature colorful, ultra-simple animation and original music to encourage kids to memorize and repeat what they've learned. There are playlists organizing the videos by subject, as well as playlists directed at beginning English speakers and teaching French, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Is it any good?

If judging these videos purely on looks, it'd be a big miss: The animation is clunky and dated looking, even for a digital kid's channel. But for some reason, the simplistic graphics work to their benefit -- and when paired with memorable, almost chantlike tunes teaching the days of the week, shapes and colors, phonics, and so on, the videos can have an almost addictive quality for little ones.

Luckily most of their videos are just a few minutes in length, making it easy to control the amount of screen time kids are exposed to, though they do have playlists that compile multiple videos together for those wanting a longer stint in Busy Beavers land.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Busy Beavers videos use repetition and music to teach various learning concepts. Do the catchy tunes make you more or less likely to remember what you watched? Which topics were your favorites?

  • Parents can use the songs from Busy Beavers to expand and build on the concepts addressed. Use simple objects around the house like fruit or crayons to bring the songs to life and encourage kids to recall what they've learned.

TV details

For kids who love preschool fun

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