DVD Review: Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn Patterns and Shapes



One of the major things a preschooler needs to do is be able to identify patterns and shapes. A kid is expected to tell a square from a triangle else how will the pass geometry in high school? They should also get to understand certain functionality of shapes. There’s also the knack at catching how patterns repeat themselves. But how can you teach a kid such concepts without it seeming like they’re learning? Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn Patterns and Shapes collects five shows from Nick Jr. that focus on the subjects. Team Umizoomi must battle a thieving cat in “Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit.” This is a double length episode so don’t put this in right before bedtime. Dora the Explorer must “Catch the Shape Train.” Ni Hao, Kai-lan deal with “The Dinosaur Balloon.” Blue’s Clues tracks down “Shape Searchers.” Finally there’s Blue’s Room hosting “Shape Detectives.” The episodes do a fine job at making kids think about circles, squares and triangles. There’s also quite a bit on patterns so the kids get to guess what happens next in the non-random order. Here’s my daughter’s review:

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers are fine for the shows. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The sound levels will make sure you kid can hear when the shape is described. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

No bonus features.

Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn Patterns and Shapes is a fine way to get preschooler and kindergarten kids to become more fascinated with the concepts.

Nickelodeon and Paramount present Let’s Learn Patterns and Shapes Starring: Dora the Explorer, Bot and Blue. Boxset contents: 5 episodes on 1 DVD. Released: September 9, 2014.

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