Thursday, August 26

Toddler Talk Thursday Week Five!

Today's TTT is about TV / Movies

I have talked about this before on this blog, but I personally do not see any harm in letting the Peanut watch TV.  Of course I would never just plop her down in front of the TV and let her watch all day long, but a show or two a day is not going to do anything negative to her development.   In fact, I have noticed a positive effect, in that her vocabulary has increased from watching children's programming.   You may be rolling your eyes, but it's true.   I catch her parroting words from shows all the time.  For example, on Sesame Street when they do the letter of the day, she often will repeat it with them, same thing with words they emphasize. 

Most of the time, I try to make the shows as interactive an experience as possible. I ask her questions about what is going on, and what she thinks the characters will do next.  It is also just a good excuse to get some great snuggling time in, as sometimes that is the only way I can get her to sit still for a few minutes!

Her all time favorite show is Curious George.  I'm really not sure why, except that she is really into naming animals at the moment, and there are usually plenty of opportunities for that in this show.  But she gets ridiculously excited if I let her this show in the morning (there is a little happy dance, clapping and a "hooway Geowge!" involved)  A few months back we took her to see the Curious George exhibit at the Children's Musuem in Boston and it was a big hit! 

Emma hugging her favorite character "Geowge" at the Children's Musuem in Boston
Another favorite of hers from Peep- this was a super fun exhibit, highly recommended!

Another favorite of hers is the Peep & the Big Wide World show, also on PBS.   Something about the big blobs of color (that represent different birds) must be really appealing to the toddler mind.  Plus the fact that the shows are so short and the storylines so simple is also appealing to both mom and Peanut.

And a third show that we just discovered online this weekend is "Shaun the Sheep".  If you are the type of person that enjoys Wallace and Gromit, you will love Shaun the Sheep.  It is by the same person, and it is one of those shows that both kids and parents can really enjoy watching together.  Each episode is only 20 minutes long, and each episode contains three shorter episodes, so the plots are super simple and short and you can choose how many you want your child to watch.   This show is accompanied by tons of giggling, and lots of animal noises and excited gesturing in our house.  Although I will warn you that the theme song is waaay too catchy.  It has no business being that catchy.  It is turning me into that weird lady humming "Life's a treat with Shaun the Sheep" in the grocery store.

As for movies, we're all about Dreamworks and Pixar over here.  But I also throw in some Veggietales, classic Winnie the Pooh, and Christmas shows.  Movies once or twice a week is ok with me.  I make a big deal about letting her choose which one she wants to watch, and then we get a special snack (usually some popcorn or fishies) and we snuggle in together.  This lasts about ten-twenty minutes and then we're on the floor playing blocks or reading books, and once in a while remembering that there is a movie on (at the exciting parts)

So that's what we've been watching over here, what are your kids favorites?  Feel free to link up with us each week and let us know what your toddlers been up to! (and maybe get some great tips and ideas from other mommies going through the same stages you are!)  You can link up at any of the three lovely hosts blogs:
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Sippy Cup Mom said...

My son has started really liking Veggietales! And I'm with you, my son has learned so many new words, shapes and colors from tv shows!

Shonda said...

I hear my son copying what he hears so yes, I think TV is appropriate and we need to find things kids can imitate in a positive way!

~Dawn~ said...

I feel so silly posting about my 2 year old (almost 3) watching Hannah Montana and Disney Channel shows, but that is what her big sister watches. She gets to tune into PBS Kids every once in awhile and seems to enjoy the educational shows, too.


KellyW said...

My Ryan LOVES Curious George. It's all he wants to watch now!

Mommy Katie said...

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Julie said...

I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with tv - especially educational tv.

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Nicole said...

What a cute little girl!!! Thanks for following my blog "Its All Random". Following you back!

Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah said...

We are going to have to check out Peep & the Big Wide World. I never heard of it.
I totally agree about the tv thing. I think that sometimes parents that refuse to let their kids watch it in moderation turn into being obsessed with the tv.
Thanks for linking up with us!

Vic said...

oh my adorable is she with her favorite monkey...we love george too:) xoxo

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