Genre: Infant Developmental
Runtime: approx. 30 minutes each
Age Range: six months and up
eebees adventures Overview
eebees adventures, created by every baby, inc. along with Sony Wonder, is a series of infant/toddler developmental DVDs designed to capture and build upon the wonder of seeing the world through a babys eyes. eebee, a cute baby-like puppet with colorfully funky hair, plays and interacts with mommy figure, Kristy, in play situations using every day objects. The video also portrays real babies playing with their parents.
Each eebees adventures DVD is divided into three, 10-minute segments, which focus on a learning concept modeled by eebee and other babies. The following three DVDs are currently available:
- All in a Days Play: These adventures highlight the many teachable, unplanned and unscripted learning moments that fill a babys day. (developed for babies aged six months and up)
- Exploring Real Stuff: eebee and playmates explore a range of materials and everyday objects. (developed for babies aged six months and up)
- Figuring Things Out: What happens when a childs newfound motor skills support his/her natural curiosity and interest in making things work and achieving goals? (developed for babies aged 12 months and up)
eebees adventures are not based upon an adult agenda of memorized facts and figures, but are based upon what actually interests babies. This natural fascination allows babies to explore and learn about the world around them in an uninhibited and wonderfully scientific way. Because eebees adventures models age-appropriate play and is based on a foundation of research and proven techniques for adult-child interaction, eebees is also a great reference for parents.
Guide Review of "eebee's adventures"
We want children to think outside the box, yet at a young age, children are often times being boxed in by adult desires for them to learn concrete facts and figures. In eebees adventures, babies are allowed to freely explore the world in their own way, and at their own pace. In the DVD commentary, program advisors discuss this natural process, emphasizing the importance of allowing the scientist in every baby to experience the empowering process of discovery through pure trial-and-error, serendipitous play.
The foundation of research is evident in all eebees adventures videos, not only because of the appropriate subject matter and pace, but also because Kristy and the other parents model several strong and basic techniques for effective interaction with babies and children. Kristy continually employs such principles as positive reinforcement and attending (narrating childrens actions to help them build confidence in their own ideas and strategies) as she demonstrates patient, back and forth play with eebee.
After watching eebees adventures, I am convinced that the DVDs are even better for parents than they are for children. eebees reminds parents what it means to slow down and spend quality time with their babies. DVD special features such as the commentary and play by play narration give parents excellent insight into how babies learn, and each segment in the DVDs provides several ideas for games parents can play with their own children. Because eebees adventures emphasizes the use of everyday objects in play, the games are as inexpensive and easy to replicate as they are fun and valuable.
"eebee's adventures" Special Features
- Play by Play Guides-expert commentary on every adventure
- A Developmental Perspective-a video Q&A with academic leaders
- eebees beat-a mini music & movement adventure
- Song selections
Ideas on How to Expand the Curriculum of eebees adventures
- Give your child toys or items similar to the ones shown in the DVD so that they can play along with eebee.
- Set up similar games and situations to play with your baby or toddler.
- Sing the catchy eebees theme song to your baby. It will be stuck in your head anyway, and it will help your baby learn babbling sounds.
- Let your older children watch eebees adventures and you might be surprised to see them modeling the ideas in the video when playing with the baby.
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