I admit it — a little TV/DVD time for my daughter allows me to get stuff done around the house! Having some DVDs on hand has also been helpful during some long car rides to visit the grandparents. As such, I’m always on the hunt of some entertaining and educational shows.
These DVDs from NCircle Entertainment are some great options to add to any collection:
“Noodle and Doodle – Noodly Doodly Things to Do,” containing episodes from the popular NBC Kids series for preschoolers that’s all about arts and crafts and other fun DIY activities. Encourage your child’s sense of creativity with fun craft projects and kid-friendly recipes that families can make together. Join Sean and his friends Noodle and Doodle as they use everyday household items to craft, cook and play! Also along for the ride is Sean’s dog Doggity who cooks up five special treats. All aboard the Noodle and Doodle bus!
My daughter, Caroline, is only 2 & 1/2 years old – not really the target demographic for this preschool show – but that didn’t stop her from loving it! She smiled and laughed while watching Noodly Doodly make things out of household times and bake yummy things. Definitely an engaging show that we’ll continue to watch for years to come.
“Dino Dan – Where the Dinosaurs Are,” a new DVD from the popular NickJr. series for dino-loving kids everywhere!
Surprisingly, Caroline is a HUGE dinosaur fan. She loves Dino Dan, runs around the house yelling “roar” and has an impressive collection of dinosaur figurines. I’m also a big fan of the show. I love that it’s not a “girly” show – everyone expects girls to like only princesses and ballerinas. All in all, I think the DVD is educational and a nice break from the typical cartoon shows my daughter likes. Maybe she’ll become a paleontologist a la Ross Geller from Friends…
“WordWorld – To the Rescue,” from the Emmy-winning PBS preschool series about letters and words (perfect for kids who are just starting to read). Join Duck and Fly as they learn how to be firefighters just like their friend Firefighter Frog! To be firefighters, the gang has to keep a look out for any signs of smoke in WordWorld, because where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Will Duck and Fly be able to determine what’s really smoke and what’s not? Firefighters to the rescue!
Prior to receiving these DVDs, i’ve never heard of this series as we don’t generally watch PBS. I’m happy we got a chance to watch, as this is a really cute, educational show. My daughter loves reciting the alphabet, so we’ve loaded the house with letter toys and books, including foam letters for the bath and wooden alphabet blocks in the playroom. I imagine that this DVD is going to become one of our go-to DVDs.
“The Gruffalo’s Child,” the follow-up DVD to the Oscar-nominated family film, “The Gruffalo,” based on a beloved children’s book series and featuring an all-star voice cast led by Helena Bonham Carter. Based on the children’s picture book by author Julia Donaldson, this animated tale follows a creature called the Gruffalo and his young daughter, who wants to explore life outside of their clearing despite her father’s warnings of a Big Bad Mouse that lurks in the forest.
At first glance, Caroline was scared of this one – “that monster’s too scary!” But just like a toddler, five minutes later she wanted to watch “the monster.” This is a 30 minute movie. The story was definitely too sophisticated for her, but the imagery and music captured her attention for the entire time.
Each of these NCircle Entertainment DVDs are available at Amazon.com or anywhere DVDs are sold. Pick some up and enjoy!