Nickelodeon Favorites: Happy Halloween
DVD SRP: $16.99
DVD Running Time: Approximately 149 Minutes
AVAILABLE NOW from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment
This DVD has all the favorite Nickelodeon characters celebrating Halloween! The discover candy, costumes and haunted happenings. On this DVD, you’ll find Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Wonder Pets!, Yo Gabba Gabba, Blue’s Clues and Ni Hao, Kai-lan. It features over two hours of educational entertainment for preschoolers and episodes never before released on DVD.
Our Thoughts: The DVD contains six characters and seven episodes. Kieran’s favorite was Wonder Pets! “Save the Bat”. Although the night after she watched the Go, Diego, Go! “Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween”, Kieran requested I leave the lights on for her, saying “I’m not a bat so I can’t see in the dark!”. Here’s what I found most educational in each episode:
Dora the Explorer: “Boo”
As always, Dora works on remembering the proper sequencing of events to solve a problem. In this case, the little monster is lost and needs to find his way back to his house. This episode also works on number recognition, matching and foreign language. Kieran loved that Map was wearing a ghost costume for Halloween.
Go, Diego, Go!: “Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween”
Diego and friends are trying to help the llamas that are in trouble and help them get to Diego’s Halloween Party. Freddie the Fruit Bat helps out and uses echos to help find their way.
Wonder Pets!: “Save the Bat” and “Save the Donkey”
This was the first time my daughter has seen Wonder Pets! and it seems to be her new favorite. The Wonder Pets use teamwork to help baby bat and donkey in each episode. I like how they sing their way through most of the episodes, like watching a musical. Being a big fan of musicals myself, I love exposing my daughter any way I can to this form of entertainment.
Yo Gabba Gabba!: “Halloween”
This episodes opens with a song about the Fall. Kieran has been very into standing in the leaves on the ground, throwing them up in the air and then yelling “It’s Fall!”. So, naturally she was very excited when this song came on. Tutti’s witch costume was her favorite. This episode also taught about pretend play and identifying animal sounds. It also teaches about eating candy in moderation so you don’t get sick. Kieran remembered the last time she had too much cake and didn’t feel well afterwards–a very important reminder for this upcoming holiday!
Blue’s Clues: “What is Blue Afraid Of?”
Blue disappears, and it turns out she was afraid of something. I like that Blue’s Clues teaches deductive reasoning skills to solve the problem. Another theme of this show was “shadows”. Kieran is at the age where she notices her shadow and asks a lot of questions about it, which this episode reinforces. Questions like, “Why does my shadow do what I do?”, and “Why do I have a shadow?”. The various properties of shadows are reviewed, such as the matching shadow shape to it’s object.
Ni Hao, Kai-lan: “Ni Hao, Halloween”
This episode of Kai-lan teaches foreign language and problem solving. It also carries a theme of “making things better”. Rintoo sprains his ankle and Kai-lan and friends help him feel better by wrapping it and making sure he gets plenty of rest. Adding some stickers to the bandages always helps, too! Although that meant Rintoo would miss trick or treating. So this wouldn’t happen, all his friends converted his bed to a car so they could wheel him around on Halloween! Also, when the pumpkin was broken, rather than get upset, they made pumpkin pie with it. It’s the kid’s version of when life gives you lemons…just make lemonade! I like that this episode teaches to look at the bright side of things and stay positive, rather than dwell and be sad about it…a very important life lesson.
– That’s IT Mommy friends, Heather & Kieran