Making Everyday Adventures Extraordinary with Poppy Cat
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There are a few television shows I just love to watch with my children. One of them is Poppy Cat! I love seeing how the show invites my children to use their imaginations and think outside of the box. Poppy Cat is a colorful and adventure-filled preschool series on Sprout and on Netflix, based on the international award-winning books by British author Lara Jones.
While as adults we take everyday life for granted, for children everyday is extraordinary. The simplest of experiences is an adventure from just walking down the street to riding in the car to going in an airplane. You just never know what their imaginations are thinking up! Believe it or not, even the television shows that your children watch facilitate imaginary play.
Poppy Cat is a celebration of imaginative play — the series encourages preschoolers to use their imaginations to solve problems and discover the world around them. In every episode of Poppy Cat, Poppy Cat and her friends are off on an imaginary adventure to a pretend destination. Poppy Cat’s fun and colorful checkered bandana takes Poppy Cat and her friends to their destination on an imaginary mode of transportation.
Using Poppy Cat to encourage imaginative play:
- Research has shown that television shows can be a source of ideas and facilitate imaginative play in young children. Shows such as Barney & Friends and Sesame Street, that include elements of imaginative play and problem-solving similar to Poppy Cat, have been shown to foster imagination and creativity.
- The most common activities preschool children engage in while watching television are social interaction and playing with toys. Research has found that when children are developmentally ready to engage in imaginative play, watching a show can encourage them to engage in imitative imaginative play.
- When using a television show as a tool to encourage play, it is important to limit the amount of screen time, as excess screen time can end up having the opposite effect and inhibit children’s ability to invent and improvise.
I am a huge supporter of learning through play. In my opinion, it’s being hands on and interacting with life that helps children learn. Playtime helps children learn how to manage behavior and emotion, as well as learn important social skills such as patience, taking turns, cooperation and sharing. Playtime helps your child with healthy brain development. When children play, they engage in abstract and symbolic thinking, creativity, imagination, decision-making, and creative problem solving.
My perspective about the importance of playtime really shifted after my son was diagnosed with a fine motor skill delay and I saw the things he was doing in occupational therapy. Play enhances physical development by giving children practice at balance, coordination, and fine and gross motor skills. It also helps to build active, healthy bodies, as well as decrease stress, fatigue, and depression
About Poppy Cat
Episodes of Poppy Cat air seven days a week at 7:00 pm. The series also airs Saturday mornings on the NBC Kids block, which is programmed by Sprout. Seen through the eyes of Poppy’s young owner, a little girl named Lara, each Poppy Cat episode tells the tale of a very special cat, her colorful band of friends and their extraordinary travels through fantastical lands in airplanes, pirate ships, hot air balloons and rockets. As young viewers watch the show, they see themselves in the characters and are inspired to create their own adventures.
Visit the Poppy Cat Facebook and Pinterest page for games, coloring sheets, art activities as well as an App to help children use their experiences with Poppy Cat to understand their own world. #PoppyCatUS