Maryoku: A Yummy Idea

Maryoku

Perhaps one of the cutest cartoon shows that I’ve ever seen is Maryoku Yummy. Maryoku lives in a dream world called the Nozomu, in which reside tiny beings called wishes. The wishes resemble tiny little marshmallow rectangles with a little swirly cue on top, which is reminiscent of Cindy Loo Hoo from Whoville in The Grinch.

Every time a child makes a wish, the tiny being travels to the land of Nozomu. Maryoku is a wish-sitter (or Yummy), which is a full time job. Maryoku likes to travel with her friends Ooka and Fij Fij throughout Nozomu, meeting with other friends and solving everyday problems. Other wish-sitters also watch the wishes, caring for each one and teaching them life lessons along the way. When a real wish is granted, the wish being shimmers and shines.

Saint Etienne composed the music for this adorable cartoon show, which the band described as, “Teletubbies meets Spirited Away”. (Indeed, watching it I was reminded of the fantastical, whimsical colors that were used by Hayao Miyazaki in Ponyo.)Maryoku Yummy was created by American Greetings. When it premiered, it came with a line of merchandise geared towards children and tweens. The tween merchandise was also featured in 600 U.S. Limited Too and Justice stores.

Maryoku Yummy still airs on The Hub, Thursdays at 10:30 am and 11:00 am EST.

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Fun in the Car with Curious George

Curious George
For all of you parents out there, maybe you remember when your parents used to take you out for a Sunday drive in the family vehicle, while singing songs and bonding. Of course, things didn’t always run so smoothly in the back seat if you and your siblings didn’t have some fun things to do while you drove. If you’re like me, you love to go on road trips, but may have a hard time in choosing activities to keep your kids occupied. Thankfully, Curious George has plenty of fun to offer your kids in the car.

Although we don’t sell songbooks (this might be a relief for some of you), we currently have a Curious George Super Sticker Activity Book that comes with 500 stickers. This book is geared towards ages 4-8, and includes over 45 activities. There are counting games, drawing challenges, 8 search-and-find scenes, holiday-themed activities (with stickers), 4 sticker puzzles, counting and matching activities, and did I mention stickers? All for your little one.

If you are one of those families that is blessed with a portable DVD player, then we have even more options for you. We have Curious George DVDs like Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure and Curious George Goes Green. I guarantee that your kids will love these DVDs!

If your child is old enough to read, we have books that will correlate with activities that you may already be doing this summer, including Curious George at the Baseball Game as well as Curious George Goes to Costumer Party. These are fantastic books that you can take along on a family car ride, as well.

So stave off the boredom and the antsy energy with some of these fun items. Then don’t forget to stop for an ice cream and a stretch of the legs every so often!

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New Chuggington DVD: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

Chuggington has once again made tracks with the newest DVD release, Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair! This DVD recently released on May 15, just in time for summer!

Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

In the episodes on this new DVD, Wilson is assigned to deliver a massive amount of ice cream to the ice cream fair. He must also deliver the ice cream without all of it melting! He also assists Frostini in creating a new flavor of ice cream for the mayor.

Wilson continues on his adventures by visiting the ice cream factory with friends Brewster and Koko. Old Puffer Pete and young trainee Mtambo also assist Wilson in his expeditions. Wilson journeys to the ice caves, and even helps with a rescue at Safari Park!

Chuggington is geared towards ages 2-7. Important life lessons can be learned from these wonderful DVDs, including responsibility, cooperation, friendship, and fun.

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Let PBS Help Your Kids Learn All Summer

Summer is finally here and I’m sure your kids are very excited! After countless hours spent studying math, science, and reading during the past nine months, that final school bell signifies freedom to them. The sun is out, the pool is open, and it’s time to stop learning, right? Wrong! Summer doesn’t necessarily mean the learning ends; it simply means that parents may have to find creative ways to keep their kids’ minds turned “on” while still allowing them their much-needed vacation from school. Thankfully, our good friends at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) are already on the task, providing multiple television shows that will engage your children in fun while educating them, too. The programs that PBS Kids provides, both on television and their kid-friendly website, will provide both entertainment and a quality education for your children on these days off.

Some of our favorite PBS Kids programming:

Sid the Science Kid- This show is perfect for preschoolers and early elementary school children who have a natural curiosity and interest in science and discovery. The show follows a funny preschooler named Sid as he searches for answers to questions such as, “Where did the water go?”

Super Why!- Does your child need a little extra help developing their literacy skills? Or maybe your child simply loves books! The PBS show Super Why! follows four young storybook characters as they use their special literacy powers to solve a problem in a different story.

Dinosaur Train- This is the perfect educational programming for children who love dinosaurs, trains, or both! In Dinosaur Train, we meet a family of dinosaurs who have adopted a dinosaur of a different species as one of their own. Together, the family travels on the Dinosaur Train to visit and learn about other species of dinosaurs.

A note to parents: Be proactive about educating your children, even when school is out of session! PBS provides an excellent online resource for parents where you can find information about their programming, lessons and projects related to the shows themselves, and general ideas for continuing your child’s education year-round.

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Sid the Science Kid Gets His Own Feature Film!

Sid the Science Kid
Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, and Al F. Barry, Chairman of Nine Eyes Stone & Shanghai Animation Film Studios in China, have signed an agreement to co-produce Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a full length feature film based on the popular TV Series.

The movie begins when Sid and a classmate, Gabriela, enter a science experiment contest. When they win, they get the chance to make a visit to a new museum that hasn’t yet opened to the public. While at the museum they meet an unusual scientist who designs robot tour guides. They also get the chance to make friends with some kids from China who also won the same prize. You can’t have a movie without a challenge to overcome, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The robot scientist of course loses control of one of his creations. Thankfully, Sid and friends know just what to do!

The movie appears to have great potential as the scientist is voiced by none other than Christopher Lloyd, who played the quirky scientist in the Back to the Future movies. The Jim Henson company veteran Bradley Zweig wrote the script, so no there’s no lack of talent for this brand new film.

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