This video is typical of Baby Einstein work, it features good music and playful puppets, toys, etc that captivate the young child. It does hold the young child's interest about as much as the other Baby Einstein videos. That means it could be anywhere from 5 minutes to the whole DVD depending on the child's age and mood. My 1 year old especially likes the cat puppet that hosts this video.
However, also like other Baby Einstein videos it is hit or miss. Some my child has really enjoyed and others have just not held her interest. Aside from the cat this one really does not hold her interest.
What it doesn't do however is teach any sign language. The sign language portions are done in a less than stellar fashion. They do a group of many signs that go with the room they are doing. So you see a sign once with a picture and words/speech to go with it next to it. Then you move onto the next sign then next then next. That makes it a lot for the young child to absorb. They do repeat the sign latter in the segment once when they show that item. However, since children learn through repetition this small number of times is not enough. Also the jumble in with other signs adds to the difficulty. The last difficulty I have with it is the choice of signs. They are not useful signs for a "first signs" for babies. Milk, hungry, sleep, etc would be helpful. Some could be helpful, they do teach things like cup, bed, ball, etc but others are just things around the house like a table, not very helpful to a baby. The other thing is many are dificult signs for a child; puzzle, blocks, etc all have numorous steps that are difficult for a baby or toddler (or even me for that matter since they don't show it enough to really grasp it).
There is speech in the video just like the other Baby Einstein videos so when they talk about table they say table several times, a lot more times then they show the sign. So this would be a good video for a child who is trying to build their vocabulary of everyday household items. But for sign language I definitely think it is a bust. We learned so much more from the Signing Time videos, they have more repetition and the catchy music keeps even the little ones watching even if not geared to them.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up to Age 4
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