My husband and I are huge fans of children’s shows that are educational. When we take time out of our children’s day to have them watch a show, we both agree that it should be educational. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review the brand new show, ‘Wishenpoof’ that launches on Amazon Prime (US, UK and Germany) on August 14th. The animated preschool series was created by Angela C. Santomero who has been behind such hits as Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy and Super Why!
What is Wishenpoof about?
Wishenpoof is a series for preschool aged children about a girl named Bianca who has wish magic (just like her mother) and how she uses her magic to imagine and help others. Wishenpoof promotes executive function life skills like focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, creativity, critical thinking, taking on challenge, and self-directed engaged learning.
The first episode introduces you to Bianca (a super sweet and polite girl), Bob, her cute stuffed bear companion, Bianca’s parents and her baby brother Bob (who is three). Bianca is learning to use her wish power and with a swish of finger she transforms her room under the sea and she and Bob become mermaids. Next, Bianca starts getting ready for the school talent show and runs into some friends that are doubting their talents and nervous to perform. Bianca learns that with or without wish magic she can help her friends believe in themselves.
My thoughts: I absolutely love how confident Bianca is, even when she runs into her own wish magic hiccup. Throughout the episode she states “I believe in myself.” Children need to be able to face situations and process them by believing in themselves. Bianca is a great example of being confident even when things don’t go as planned.
Bianca and Bob begin the episode by using Wish Magic to travel to an enchanted forest complete with a flying unicorn. The unicorn flies them to a rainbow which they all slide down (every kid’s dream right?). The unicorn becomes hungry but things go wiry when a purple horse arrives and isn’t sharing the grass. At first Bianca doesn’t know what to do, so she calls her Mother. Her Mother reminds Bianca that with or without wish power, when you see something that isn’t right you need to say something. Bianca isn’t confident at first but then builds up enough confidence to nicely ask the purple horse to share. The purple horse agrees and Bianca learns that she can solve problems by speaking up when she feels that something isn’t right. Next, Bianca’s friend Penelope gets her feelings hurt by another girl in their class named Violet. Bianca decides to speak up and tell Violet, that she hurt Penelope’s feelings. In the end all the girls makeup and Bianca learns that when you see something that isn’t write you should speak up.
My thoughts: As a parent I always tell my children to speak up whenever they feel that something is wrong. In fact, last year my daughter saw another child being bullied and spoke up and told the teacher. The teacher later emailed me and told me how proud she was of my daughter for sticking up for the other student. I love that Wishenpoof lets children know that they shouldn’t be scared to stick up for themselves or a friend when they feel that something is wrong.
Beginning August 14, Prime members can watch episodes of Wishenpoof ad-free with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at amazon.com/wishenpoof at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at amazon.com/prime. Wishenpoof will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire HD Kids Edition.