Our new friends at Fo-Fo Figgily sent us a few DVDs to check out. We liked them so much, we decided to share our thoughts on what we think will be the next big thing for preschoolers (and parents).
When I first looked at the DVD case, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A furry, yellow creature called a Fump with purple hair? Then the music started and a guy named Logan drove by in a cool looking yellow truck, inviting us, the viewers, to join him. We journeyed to a magical place called Seabucklebark where “anything we think of is possible”. Seabucklebark is quite a mouthful, huh? You should hear my 3-year-old try say it, it’s so cute it brings tears to my eyes. (But, I’m a sap like that.) We made our way through Seabucklebark with Logan, Fo-Fo Figgily and Vivala Wee, meeting new friends along the way. With the guidance of a map, we stopped at special places to learn safety tips, interact with fitness tips, expand our minds with educational experiences, dance and sing to original songs and much more. In the end, I was signing, dancing and smiling along with my kids.
What I like about this show:
– The characters are engaging, positive and interesting.
– There are video clips of children that actually do the learning, play and silly activities along with the characters. I like this because I feel it allows the kids, that are watching, to relate easier.
– I like the mix of puppets and live characters and think that they all fuel imaginative play and learning in unique ways.
– The songs are super catchy! My 3-year-old was singing the Red Means Stop, Green Means Go song after hearing it once. And I have had the Push It Up song stuck in my head for a week. Good thing it’s a cool song.
– Not only are the songs catchy and easy to memorize, they all have a lesson behind them. Everything from opposites- up and down/in and out to looking both ways before you cross the street.
– The DVD menu has a sing-along section with just music and the words.
– The website is amazing (see below).
What I’m not crazy about:
– Seabucklebark is hard for a 3-year-old to say. But, he’ll get it sooner than later.
Meet the Characters:
Fo-Fo Figgily is a 7 foot tall Fump. Together, Fo-Fo and his friends, laugh, play, learn, problem-solve and encourage kids of all ages that anything is possible. He has a positive outlook and a silly way of expressing his feelings- all things that have made Fo-Fo an instant favorite for my boys.
Logan is Fo-Fo’s best friend. His catchy songs, fun dances and interaction with the kids in Seabucklebark make him very likable. He’s full of spunk and always has a smile on his face. I had to drink an iced tea just to keep up with him but my energetic 1 and 3 year old boys were glued to the screen.
Vivala Wee is energetic, funny, helpful and let’s face it… every little girl’s dream would be to be her! She’s best buds with Logan and Fo-Fo and changes from little to big with her super sparkly pink fairy wings. Weeeeee!
Kendal Bootglow is the kind Firefighter of Seabucklebark and her main focus is safety. Safety and making Shlumpberry Pies, which are stinky and smelly and make a silly pee yew-“duh-duh” sound that cracks my kids up. What is it about silly sounds, silly words and things that smell? Must be a boy thing… or a kid thing, rather.
Mr. Pinch is a cranky old man who happens to live next door to Fo-Fo. While he craves some peace and quiet, his interactions with Fo-Fo, Logan, Wee and friends provide children with valuable lessons of working together and getting along.
Fixle Bowstring is the mastermind of Seabucklebark. He makes sure everything runs smoothly and that the day is full of activity! He also pops in and out with some Healthy Eating Tips that are fun for parents and kids.
Earnst Earthworm is the party animal, I mean, worm. He’s silly and always ready for an adventure. My 8-year-old says this is his favorite. I think it’s because he’s says things like “cool” and “dude”.
The Website www.FoFoFiggily.com is quite impressive. There’s interactive games, tips, videos, songs, information for parents and even weekly fan videos that you can submit!
FoFoFiggily.com is a website that was designed as a place for kids to
participate in interactive features and games in a safe, friendly
environment. Our goal is to bring to life the world of The Fo Fo Figgily
Show, so that the kids are not merely viewers but participants in that
world: learning, creating, interacting and most of all, having fun.
While you can rest assured that all of the content on FoFoFiggily.com will
be safe for viewing by kids of all ages, we encourage you to participate in
the activities available on the site.
Here are some of my favorite parts of the website, but be sure to check out all that the site has to offer.
Fo-Fo Figgily’s Music Player– Dance and sing to the catchy tunes!
Mr. Pinch’s Garden– Learn gardening tips and create a garden with your kids!
Fo-Fo Figgily’s Cook Book– Fun, healthy foods for your kids!
The Calorie Counter– Before you eat that cookie, find out how many minutes of skipping rope you’d have to do to burn off the calories!