Special Agent Oso has busy activities to help pre-Christmas

December 23, 2010 at 10:23 am 2 comments

Special Agent Oso on Playhouse Disney; online presence at http://tv.disney.go.com/playhouse/specialagentoso/index.html.

I watched the Holiday Lights episode.  In it, Special Agent Oso helps three children in different parts of the world get ready to celebrate winter holidays.  In France, Oso helps Celeste set up the Advent wreath; in Israel, Noah needs help assembling the family menorah; and in the United States, Brendan gets Oso’s help setting up the kinara.  Discussing the holidays by celebrating the similarities is a wonderful way to introduce children to the traditions of different cultures.  “Lights” are an important aspect of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and therefore provide the perfect introduction to the different winter holidays.

While the show was fairly entertaining, I think it was too long for the intended preschool audience.  At 50 minutes, this show should be broken down into 3 segments, perhaps dividing it up by each of the children Oso visits.  The way the show explored the different holidays was very interesting; I’m glad they chose a common theme to explore.  However, there wasn’t much interactive aspects for the children.  So, I went to the Playhouse Disney website and visited Special Agent Oso’s page.  Disney has done a wonderful job making the website accessible to the pre-K set–it’s strong on visuals.  Additionally, when kids mouse-over images, a voice tells them where a click on that icon will take them.  For non-readers, that’s an important tool for independent computer skills.

Now, for the pre-holiday help.  If you have a pre-K or early elementary aged child, right about now you’re running low on patience–and so are they–as Christmas is just out of reach.  I highly recommend the Special Agent Oso page (http://tv.disney.go.com/playhouse/specialagentoso/index.html) for online activities, games, video, printable coloring sheets and even ideas to work on together.  There are enough interesting things to do to keep the kids coming back throughout the day.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JD Holiday  |  December 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you! My grandson loves Special Agent Oso. Luke is in school when he is on TV so this site will make him happy!
    Happy Holidays!


    • 2. N Messmore  |  December 23, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Part of my grad school focus was incorporating Web (museums specifically) resources into programming in libraries for children. Any time I can correlate a Web resource with a favorite TV show, I know I’ll be able to connect kids with informal learning opportunities! Hope you’ll enjoy visiting the site with Luke!

      Happy Holidays to you and your family, too, Jan!


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