Cool enough for six-year-old Jackson and cute enough for three-year-old Julia, Wow Wow Wubbzy from Nick Jr. is a hit with our kids!
But it takes more than colorful characters to win me over — so I was curious to test out this little yellow creature and see if I approved of his show and his books.
When the Wow Wow Wubbzy package arrived, Jackson grabbed the DVD and begged to watch it right away. So we cozied up on the couch to get to know Wubbzy.
Both Jackson and I were impressed with Wubbzy. He and his pals were fun and lovable and had Jackson laughing out loud. But with important messages such as accepting one another, honesty and friendship, Wubbzy passed my tests too.
After we watched the video, we pulled out the two Wubbzy books. One-year-old Olivia liked the board book It’s Wubbzy – especially the button that introduces Wubbzy with his cartoon voice – and Jackson loved the A Tale of Tails story book that followed the storyline from one of the episodes on the DVD.
The familiarity of the words and the story line from the TV show made it easier for Jackson as he practiced his reading skills.
When we brought the books and DVD to Julia’s house, Julia got right into the Wubbzy action too! Wubbzy was cute enough to win over her fickle three-year-old heart.
I find using books that feature TV characters can be a real plus when trying to get kids excited about reading. Yes, in a way it feels like selling out — but the more I think about it, the more I realize that if the familiarity of a character draws a child into reading, then great. At least they are reading!
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Also, here are some coloring sheets for your children to enjoy today. Click on each thumbnail below to open the pdf coloring sheets.