Explore, rescue, protect! My preschooler is in love with the Octonauts! If youíve never seen the show, you can check it out on Disney Junior. Itís about a crew of brave, warmhearted animals whose mission is to explore the sea, rescue any sea creature in need, and protect the aquatic environment in which all sea creatures live. They live in and work out of the Octopod, an octopus shaped, underwater mission control sort of place.
The Crew of the Octopod consists of three main characters, assisted by others as the topic allows. The three main characters are Captain Barnacles, Kwazii Kitten, and Peso Penguin.
Captain Barnacles is the bear in charge of all of the octonauts. He is wise and brave, and always ready to go rescue an animal in need. Kwazii Kitten is a pirate-y sort of fellow whoís always ready for adventure and not afraid of anything. Itís not exactly clear what his official role is, as heís pretty much able to step in and do whatever is needed. He loves traveling to new places and seeing new things. Peso Penguin is the teamís medic. Heís good at helping injured sea animals, and although he can be easily scared sometimes, heís able to rise to the occasion for an animal in trouble.
Itís easy to see why my little boy is so enamored with the Octonauts. Thereís adventure, and missions, and that cute ďCreature Report!Ē song at the end of every episode. Thatís where they recap all that weíve learned about the sea creature we met on the show, including itís habitat and habits. They also show an actual picture of the animal in its native environment, rather than a cartoon drawing, and sometimes show an example of it doing whatever it does- squirting ink, blowing up to triple itís size, etc. Itís a great way to introduce kids to animals they wouldnít normally see, even in aquariums.
If you havenít checked out the Octonauts, you should. Itís a cute show that will keep you and your little ones entertained, and give you lots to talk about. Pretty soon, youíll see your little one on all sorts of missions to the deep blue sea, and you can marvel at what they have learned when they come and give you their own, personal Creature Report!
The Octonauts is currently airing on Disney Junior. Check your local listings for times.