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The weather outside is frightful for most of the country right now, so the fire is definitely so delightful. No, this critic doesn’t want it to just snow. However, since there’s no place to go since most events happen during spring and summer, PBS Kids has a way for families to keep their kids entertained. That resource is the latest DVD release from the network’s kid-friendly series Caillou, Caillou Goes For The Gold. Originally released late last July, this DVD is just as useful in cold weather months as during the summer. That is due in part to the episodes’ underlying theme. This will be discussed shortly. The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important to note here as the episodes’ underlying theme. The bonus material included with the DVD rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s presentation. All things considered, these three elements together make Caillou Goes For The Gold its own gold medal winner.
When PBS Distribution released Caillou Goes For The Gold late last July, the company’s intent was to tie the DVD in to the 2016 summer Olympics. That’s all good and fine, but even now six months later, the DVD has proven to be just as important for families to watch as when it was originally released. That is due in part to the episodes’ underlying theme. The episodes were all sports-related as the DVD was, again, meant to tie in to the Olympics. But in the bigger picture, each episode serves to support the push for physical activity. Whether running in a race, learning karate, swimming or other activities, each episode promotes physical activity of some sort. Obviously outdoor physical activity is difficult while old man winter has his icy grip on the nation. But there are facilities out there that boast heated, indoor pools and indoor walking/running tracks. There are even indoor batting facilities where young people can go to learn to hit a ball. Heck, there are even bowling centers in almost every city across the country. Considering the multitude of opportunities for families to get out and get active even in colder months, that underlying theme that runs through each episode makes this DVD a win by itself. It is just one of the elements that gives the DVD such a solid score, too. The lessons that are taught within each of the featured episodes are just as important for audiences to note as the episodes’ underlying theme.
The underlying theme of physical activity’s importance runs through all 11 episodes featured in Caillou Goes For The Gold. While that theme is hugely important to the DVD’s presentation – since it gives plenty of inspiration for indoor activity even in cold months – it is not the DVD’s only important element. The lessons provided within each episode are just as important to note as that underlying theme. Young audiences are taught the importance of focusing on play rather than winning in the disc’s opening episode, “Everyone’s Best.” “Caillou’s Big Kick” teaches an equally important lesson about perseverance in its short segment. As if that isn’t enough for audiences, “Caillou’s Mini-Marathon” encourages families to get out and get active together and for children to try something that might be difficult. Between these lessons and the lessons presented in each of the disc’s other episodes, it becomes clear in watching each program why their incorporated lessons are just as important as their underlying theme of physical activity’s importance. Even with both elements in mind, they are only two of the key elements to note in examining this collection’s overall presentation. The bonus material included with the disc rounds out its most important elements.
Caillou Goes for the Gold presents plenty of reason that it will earn its own awards through the underlying theme that runs through each of its 11 episodes. The same can be said when placing the episodes’ separate lessons in place of their underlying theme. While both elements are undeniably important to this collection both by themselves and collectively, they are only two of the disc’s key elements. The bonus material that is included with the DVD is just as important to note in examining this collection’s presentation as its underlying theme and its lessons. The bonus material in question comes in the form of three bonus activities that drive home both that underlying theme and lessons. The first of the bonus activities encourages parents to hold backyard races in which the “contestants” can win ribbons. The second activity is essentially a homemade ring toss game, and the third is a relay race that not only encourages physical activity but also teaches letter recognition for preschoolers. It scores double for touching on not one but two different areas. Each lesson is a positive in its own right. Parents and educators alike will agree they are a wonderful bonus to this DVD’s viewing experience. When they are set against the episodes’ lessons and their underlying theme, all three elements join to make the DVD well-deserving of its own award.
Caillou Goes For The Gold has been available in stores and online for about six months since its release in late July, 2015. While the collection has been available for half a year, that does nothing to lessen its importance even now in the colder months of the New Year. Its underlying theme promoting physical activity is a good start for discussions on physical activity among children and parents/educators before finding ways to get active indoors. The lessons that are presented in each episode add even more depth to the disc’s presentation. The bonus material included inside the disc’s case rounds out is most important elements. Each element is important in its own way to the disc’s overall presentation. All things considered, they make this collection a medial winner for every family whether in the year’s colder months or its warmer months. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other Caillou collections is available online along with games, activities and more at:
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