Zoboomafoo is a Delightful Learning Experience

Zoboomafoo is a Delightful Learning Experience

For Kids, That Is!

Although most children’s programs tend to annoy me, and we don’t normally watch all that many—my daughter couldn’t even tell you who the characters in Spongebop Squarepants are, save for the titular one she’s read about in books—when my six-year-old likes one, I often find myself liking it, too. Anything that makes her smile is pretty much good in my book, and since she is very much into animals and her viewing choices reflect that, her selections are typically not as bad as those other kids might choose.

Zoboomafoo is her latest favorite program. It’s a half-hour show featuring two young men known as the Kratt Brothers (she called them “Crap Brothers” at first!) who live at a place called Animal Junction. They learn about all sorts of different animals, take trips, and feature a lot of live animals on their show. Sometimes there are children featured on the show as well, which adds an interesting element. It’s sort of like Jeff Corwin for kids (but with less handsome hosts).

The most annoying thing about Zoboomafoo is the talking lemur puppet, who provides the humor of the show for the kids. He, as well as the claymation clip in each episode that they play when he tells a story, can really get on your nerves. But the rest of the show can easily be watched along with your kids because they feature real animals and facts that are fun to learn.

Each episode has a theme; for example, there is a stripes and spots episode about animals with those features. They are all also filled with facts, songs, interactive opportunities, and advice about how to care for certain pets or animals. Each episode also ends with a warning about not to approach wild animals without the help of an adult, since the rest of the show can make that seem a bit ambiguous. That’s also when my daughter knows that the show is over—and since we usually watch them on demand, she often asks for another right then and there!

My daughter says that the Kratt Brothers are her favorite part of the show because they are so messy. She wants to learn about animals and be a rescuer or caretaker just like they are. I think it’s wonderful to have these live action shows for kids to learn real facts about animals that adults can get into, as well.