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 ToyPudding TV is a YouTube channel with videos of an unseen person playing with and sometimes unboxing toys. There's no speech in any of the videos -- a set of hands opens boxes, plays with what's inside, and plays with dolls in fantasy scenarios. Unlike many unboxing YouTube channels, we don't hear about the toys and their virtues, and many have Korean writing on the outside, which may cut down on the "gimmes" from young viewers. The channel has also largely turned away from unboxing, and fresh videos are usually play videos featuring toys that aren't clearly branded (there are plenty of the unboxing-type videos in the archives though). In toy play videos, dolls and toys act cooperatively: Cars make deliveries, dolls take care of baby dolls. There are no battles or fighting, and the music underlying each video is peaceful and quiet. 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. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.
What's the story?
TOYPUDDING TV is a YouTube channel that's all about toys: opening them up and playing with them. Older videos on the channel have more branded content, with an (unseen, wordless) person opening up, say, an entire line of Power Rangers or Jurassic World toys. Newer videos generally feature two dolls, a baby doll and a bigger, older doll, going through everyday scenarios: They go to the store, they take a bath and go to bed, they go fishing. There's no talking in any of the videos; each is scored with a simple instrumental tune.
Is it any good?
Parents don't get why kids are so mesmerized by YouTube videos of hands doing things, but this is the kind of channel that will cast a spell on preschool viewers without annoying mom or dad. The main appeal for you is that ToyPudding's videos are speech-free -- so many of the voices in kid-ertainment can be extraordinarily irritating -- and most are 10 minutes long, the perfect amount of time to get dinner on the table or grab a fast shower. You can be assured that what your child is watching is free of violence, sexual content, or vulgar language -- and if you start your child on the newer videos, free of branding/marketing messages too.
Kids respond to the slow, deliberate pace and repetitiveness of ToyPudding's videos. If a doll is going to unpack her groceries, she unpacks each item: the baguette, the cabbage, the carrot, the milk, and so on, while time slowly unspools. The hands intrude as little as possible. Dolls seem to move around and grab things by themselves: a lipstick, a cup of water, a new outfit for the baby. Sometimes charming sound effects accompany the magical appearance of items: a soft "bing!" or "vroooom" sounds from a speeding car. A baby doll sometimes cries quietly, wanting food or attention. It may be pretty boring to grown-ups, but little kids will love it, and it's a gentler, less marketing-y choice than many other YouTube toy channels.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why YouTube videos of people playing or interacting with toys are so popular. Why do people want to watch other people playing with toys? What's interesting or compelling about it? Why aren't there TV shows about people playing with toys? Why did the videos only catch on on YouTube?
Kids: Do you think ToyPudding has more toys than you? Where would you keep your toys if you had as many as she seems to? Do your parents ever complain that you have too many toys, or that your room is a mess?
Does watching ToyPudding make you want to buy and play with these toys? Or is it fun just watching the play? Does getting more toys or other stuff make you happy? Does that happiness generally last beyond the newness?
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