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Best New DVDs and Blu-rays for Preschoolers - 2012

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Whether you are looking for your child's favorite TV show on DVD or a new movie the whole family can enjoy together, these 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases are perfect for preschoolers. Young children's DVD releases are often educational as well as entertaining, so parents and caregivers can even use DVD compilations of educational shows or movies to supplement learning.

1. The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child DVD
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The stunning sequel to my favorite children's DVD The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child follows the story of the child's suspenseful journey into the snowy night time forest to find the big, scary mouse. The movies are based on the delightful books by Julia Donaldson and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter. Kids will love the rich animation and captivating story. (Rated G)

2. Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom

Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
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In the new adventure Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom, Dora and boots go on under-the-sea to help the beautiful mermaid Maribel back home to her mother. Kids will be delighted by this underwater adventure, which features fun music and several math-related educational elements which help kids to learn about colors, patterns, counting and more. If your child loves Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom, check out these other Mermaid Movies for Kids. In addition, another exciting Dora movie, Dora's Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure, is also out this year (Compare Prices).
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3. Green Eggs & Ham (Deluxe Edition Blu-ray)

Green Eggs & Ham
Photo © Warner Bros.
Green Eggs & Ham and Other Stories brings the persistent Sam-I-Am as well as the Sneeches and the Zax to HD life. These stories are great for preschoolers, and are even more fun if they read the books first. If your kids are fond of Dr. Seuss stories, read the books with them, watch the movie, and try some related activities such as making green eggs and ham for lunch, or playing rhyming games with the words in the story.
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4. The Wiggles: Big Birthday!

The Wiggles Big Birthday
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If your child is a fan of the Wiggles, this DVD would be the perfect birthday present. Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Sam are full of surprises as they entertain kids with energetic songs, fun dances and all kinds of silliness. With their animated acting, singing and dancing, the Wiggles make it fun for kids to play, sing and dance along. (Rated G)
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5. Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns

Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Peter Pan Returns DVD
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Featuring episodes from the hit Disney series for preschoolers, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, this DVD contains a double-length feature starring none other than Peter Pan himself. In the title episode, Jake and his friends must battle the schemes of Captain Hook as they help Peter Pan find his lost shadow. Both boys and girls alike love this raucous, music-filled show, and the Peter Pan special is a treat. The DVD also includes five additional episodes and a bonus feature game. (Rated TV-Y)
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6. Bubble Guppies DVD

Bubble Guppies DVD
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Fans of the adorable Bubble Guppies will love this DVD featuring the double-length feature "Bubble Puppy's Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale!" In the once-upon-a-time special, Bubble Puppy is turned into a frog by a mean witch. The story features fun fairy tale characters and a lot of fun. The DVD also includes two additional episodes about Bubble Puppy, a game, and a few musical bonus features. Available May 1, 2012.
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7. Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land: Search for Pillow

Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land
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Peanut Big Top has planned to share a fabulous surprise with all of her friends in Lalaloopsy Land, but there is just one problem: Pillow is missing. Can Pillow's friends find her before she misses the big surprise? After all, everyone knows that Peanut's surprises are the best. This movie is 70 minutes long, and very slowly paced. The show is a major advertisement for the Lalaloopsy brand dolls, and the movie lacks some in storyline, but preschool aged girls adore it. (NR, recommended for ages 2-6)
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8. Little Angels: 123's

Little Angels
Photo © 20th Century Fox
If you want to teach your kids about numbers, letters or animals and biblical stories all at the same time, the Little Angels will be happy to serve. Cute cartoons featuring a variety of personality-filled little angel characters help little ones learn using Bible stories and concepts. Three DVDs are currently available. Pictured here, Little Angels: 123's, and there are also Little Angels: ABC's (Compare Prices) and Little Angels: Animals (Compare Prices).
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9. Numberland

LeapFrog Numberland
Photo © Lionsgate
Scout the puppy and his friends want to learn about counting and numbers, so they get in their car pal, Axle, and head off to Numberland. The DVD focuses heavily on the numbers 1-10 and showcases the numbers as characters so kids get familiar with what they look like as well as how to count. The bonus features include sing-a-longs, a curriculum commentary for parents, a music video and more. (NR, recommended for ages 2-5)
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