When I was a child, it was hard to almost impossible for parents to choose what type of content their children were being exposed to on TV. The creation of new technology like tablets not only revolutionized how parents can limit viewing time of shows, but the type of programming their children are exposed to. Don’t get me wrong, passive shows aimed at children still exist, but more so than ever parents can promote shows that stimulate their child’s brain. These children shows teach early learning themes to children and try to get children to interact with the content their viewing.
In our house, we trust Kids CBC when it comes to providing child-friendly educational TV programming. One show that has become a stable in our house is The Adventures of Napkin Man, a show that teaches children about emotions to prepare them for future social interactions and relationships. In the show, preschool teacher Mister Anthony, draws a superhero named Napkin Man for his students when their faced with difficult emotion. Once drawn, Napkin Man jumps in an animated world and sings his signature song (which is a favorite of my daughter). Through fun story-telling he helps children better understand new emotions and how to properly deal with them. Recognizing and being sympathetic of the emotions of others also plays a key role in the show.
Kids CBC recently gave the show an online home that contains enhanced interactive episodes based on shows from Season 2 of the series. Like the television series, the episodes are designed to extend the series’ social-emotional curriculum and further help kids identify and manage their feelings.
Bad Hair Day (Emotion: Embarrassed | Theme: Circus/Big Top Trapeze)
Ahmet doesn’t want to join the tightrope activity because he is embarrassed about his new haircut. Meanwhile, Napkin Man’s friend, Alessandro the Acrobat is embarrassed about his glasses and doesn’t want to wear them… when he’s catching Napkin Man high in the air!
Get Well Soon (Emotion: Empathy | Theme: Space Station/Astronauts)
May-Ling’s stomach is upset today and her mom has to take her home. Amelia’s stomach isn’t upset, but she feels sad because May-Ling isn’t feeling well. Mr. Anthony tells Amelia a Napkin Man story about what it means to feel Empathy for your friends.
Fun for One (Emotion: Lonely, feeling left out | Theme: Super Hero/Fun Park)
Liam wants to play with a game with the other children, but they are already paired up and he feels left out of all the fun. Mr. Anthony tells Liam a story of when Napkin Man visits Super Fun Land and all the other superheroes are paired up playing games. Napkin Man finds a way to have Fun for One!
Bye Bye Boogaloo (Emotion: Mourning | Loss Theme: Butterflies)
The class hamster, Boogaloo has passed away and Ahmet, Chloe and Zahara feel sad, lonely and angry. Napkin Man and the Butterfly Brigade tell us all the things we can do when someone we love passes away.
These interactive online episodes are embedded with activities that give young watchers the chance to directly engage with the episodes they’ve just watched on television. The activities pop up during key moments throughout the episodes and pause the narrative to present a fun and engaging activity. This helps children better connect with the content and ensures they’re absorbing the important lessons learned in each episode
An immersive music creation toy that gives preschoolers the opportunity to experiment with the way music and emotion can influence each other.
Color My World
A re-useable digital coloring book that provides players with the characters, environments and props seen in Napkin Man’s animated world – along with the interactive tools – to create their own stories that can both reflect and extend the emotional messaging seen in the episode.
As you can see from the images, my daughter enjoyed colouring Napkin Man with her favorite colors. What would a superhero be without a pink cape? The whole process is very simple and she had fun adding Napkin Man to the scene she just watched.
Designed to be fun, mini-game style activities, these challenges help preschoolers identify the emotional cues of characters in the story while also reinforcing the coping strategies that are introduced each episode.
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Disclosure: I am part of the Adventures of Napkin Man Online Influencer Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.