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Cartoons for Preschoolers

As wholesome or unwholesome as you think cartoons are, I have a confession… I let Judah watch them.  {Gasp}  I do try to be cognizant of which ones he is watching.  There are some I do not approve of and others that I think are fine, just not for his age group.

There are times when a cartoon is a welcomed thing.  I like to do art projects, pretend to be dinosaurs, go on bike rides, and build train tracks, but sometimes after all that has been accomplished the bottom line is, THIS MOMMA IS POOPED.  So, I figure it is better to let him watch a few cartoons then for me to be snappy and growly from being tired.

Of course, there are times when I just won’t allow cartoons, like I have total disdain for cartoons while eating meals.  I guard this time for talking with our family.  But maybe that is just me.  Another pet peeve of mine is watching cartoons in the car when traveling to school or other short errand.  As a teacher I see this a lot and the parents and children seem to never connect.  I mean I totally get putting on a movie or two on a long vacation drive to help pass the time.  But, to drive down the street for ten minutes?  Kids need a little time to be “disconnected” to the screen! {Stepping off my soap box}.

So, what do we watch when we’re watching?  Judah likes the cartoons on Disney Junior, Nick Jr., and PBS and I like that none of these networks have real commercials trying to sell him an endless list of toys, overly sweetened cereals, and fast food.  Some of our favorites are the cartoons that celebrate preschool friendships and family values like Peppa Pig, Franklin, Little Bear, Little Einsteins, and Calilou.

Have you seen any of these?  I love Peppa Pig and her brother George.  In this cartoon the piggy family all speaks with a British accent.  Peppa is an energetic little piggy that loves jumping in “muddy puddles” much like my own little Piggy, Judah.  The cartoon is about the pig family doing things that a regular family would do together like going on trips, visiting grandparents, playing outside, having other families over, and even cleaning out the attic on a recent episode.  Each show ends with the family lying on the ground rolling with laughter.  The storyline is simple and perfect for preschoolers.

If you haven’t seen this cartoon, it comes on Nick Jr. Monday through Friday at 12 pm to 12:30 or Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and2:30 EST.  For mor information on Peppa Pig visit their website www.PeppaPig.com or the Peppa Pig Facebook page.

What are Your Thoughts on Cartoons for Preschoolers?

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  My participation is voluntary.  As always, my opinion is my own.

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