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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Life Noggin is an animated science show that answers questions related to human life, earth science, and the universe. Questions -- some sent in sent in by viewers -- range from practical matters ("What would happen if you never showered?") to big theories ("What would a parallel universe even be like?") and silly stuff ("What color does this video taste like?"). Answers are as clear as complex topics can be made in just a few brief minutes, and they often include a mildly humorous twist. An animated block figure hosts most of the on-screen, scientific-based explanations that include colorful visuals. Some key points also appear in writing.
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What's the story?
Watch LIFE NOGGIN and you'll find out gross stuff like What would happen if you never showered? You can also learn the answers to interesting futuristic questions What animal will survive when everyone dies? and listen to theories about What would a parallel universe even be like? Most videos are about three minutes long and begin with a question.
Is it any good?
From personal topics about the human body to cosmic topics about the working of the universe, there's a lot to learn on this animated science channel. Life Noggin keeps the science videos brief, fast-paced, and filled with simplistic but colorful, eye-catching animation. Most tweens will have enough science education to understand what these videos are talking about, even when the answer is relatively simplistic. Younger kids may need parents' or teachers' help filling in background information to understand the Life Noggin explanation. There's only so much one video can say to explain how we could build a planet from scratch or what space travel does to the human body in three minutes, but Life Noggin does a pretty good job summing up the most interesting, important points.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Life Noggin uses questions as starting points to talk about science topics. What questions about life or our universe interest you and your kid? What's your favorite way to explore the answers?
Families can talk about science. How do scientists do their work? Try a small experiment to figure out the process of hypothesis and result.