I couple days ago my wife handed me a DVD box Wilds Kratts: Predator Power. I was relatively skeptical about this DVD when I got it in my hands for the first time. My wife insisted that I would love it, but there are so many programs of this nature out there – I felt under impression that it could be something aiming at my younger kid’s age rather (he is 2), and the DVD case does say PBS Kids. However, I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by this series: two real life guys and their cartoon avatars explore wildlife.
The cartoon guys have some super cool suites that can turn into one animal or another to let them interact with the animals in the segment. Each segment dedicates to one animal kind – shows its life style, social construction, hunting/defending methods, families, etc in the cartoon world while the real guys show the real animals and their habitat. A combination of cartoon and a documentary makes it look very cool and widens target audience. We had both of our kids, 2 year old and 4 year old sitting and watching it (that is quite unusual). And you know it is good, if you child wants to see it again as soon as it’s over.
Very informative, funny, entertaining, and overall well put together piece. Along the lines this DVD also brings up some environmental issues in regards to the species they use in segments. I love the fact that it’s all done in manner kids can understand and draw some conclusions or at least start asking questions about it. After about 5-10 minutes into the episode I realized that it was hooked to the screen myself. It was interesting even for me and I’m 38 🙂 … but my wife says I’m a born nature explorer. Lol. In any case, I would definitely recommend to have it in any kids (including the grownup kind too) movie collection at home or in the car (Hmm, why do I always have to drive?)
It also includes printable PDF list with some at home activities as well as great natural exploring games.