My daughter Elodie is three and a half. And while, like many girls her age, she’s a big fan of things pink, frilly, and princessy, her heart truly skips a beat when it comes to the Octonauts. It’s her first request in the morning. It’s her favorite pretend time (especially with her little Peso doll). And consequently, it’s currently our biggest bargaining chip when it comes to doing discipline.
Most of the time when I watch a show with the kids, I sort of filter what I think they like. I break it down, talk about the education and developmental aspects, and filter it through my lens. (Well, okay — I will say, they’re totally adorable, and they super appeal to my inner oceanographer nerd).
But today I’m going to give you the reasons the Octonauts is great, not from my analysis, but from hers. Because, really, in the world of blogging, what better than to go directly to the source?
Mommy: Why do you like the Octonauts?
Elodie: Because big and tall!
Mommy: They make you big and tall? How?
Elodie: Because Captain Barnacles! He’s really big and strong.
Mommy: Who’s your favorite character?
Elodie: Dashi and Shellington and all of them. Who’s your favorite?
Mommy: Shellington. I love a Scottish accent.
Elodie: Me, too, Mom.
Mommy: What do you learn on the show?
Elodie: Captain Barnacles strike! I’m strong like Captain Barnacles.
Mommy: Okay, what do they do on the show?
Elodie: They, um, to your mission!
Mommy: Why do you love the show so much?
Elodie: Because there are biscuits. And sprinkles and sparkly ones.
Mommy: Where do they go on the show?
Elodie: To the missions!
Mommy: Where do they live?
Elodie: They live into the Octopod. It’s a squid! They live in a squid. They live in an octopod.
Mommy: What’s special about it?
Elodie: Tweak! She always makes stuff. And GUPS.
Mommy: Anything else you want to tell me about the show?
Elodie: No, actually. Well, Tweak always makes GUPS and wow, Tweak!
There you go, folks. Right from the mind of the foremost authority on the subject. You can catch Octonauts on Netflix.
Natania is a Netflix StreamTeam member.
Top image via Octonauts.com, Disney.