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New Valentine's Day DVD Releases for Kids

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Valentine's Day is just plain fun for kids -- all the hearts, kisses and candy, without the drama and expectations. Ah, to be young again. Here are some new love-themed DVDs released for Valentine's Day 2010.

1. Nick Jr. Favorites: We Love Our Friends

Nick Jr. We Love Our Friends
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Preschoolers will definitely heart this new title featuring love and valentine-themed episodes from their favorite Nick Jr. shows:
  • Dora the Explorer: "Best Friends"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: "Sammy's Valentine"
  • Wonder Pets: "Save the Love Bugs"/"Save the Skunk Rocker"
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: "Love"
  • Blue's Clues: "Love Day"
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan: "Playtime at Tolee's"
Each of these shows has an educational element as well as being entertaining for kids, and Valentine's Day can be very educational. Making Valentine's and V-day decorations is a great way to teach preschoolers about colors, shapes, numbers, and feelings. The Nick Jr. website has a variety of Valentine's Day (or any day) crafts and printables that feature some of the characters from the shows.
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2. VeggieTales: Silly Little Thing Called Love

Veggie Tales: Silly Little Thing Called Love
Photo © Big Idea
This VeggieTales release features three love stories, with lessons in Loving Your Neighbor ("The Story of Flibber-O-Loo"), Loving Your Family ("Duke and the Great Pie War") and Loving God ("Madame Blueberry")! The DVD also includes 4 of those silly songs that kids love so much.
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3. Care Bears: Helping Hearts

Care Bears: Helping Hearts
Photo © Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Care Bears: Helping Hearts features 8 friendship-themed episodes from the adorable Care Bears cartoon series:
  • "Ice Creamed"
  • "A Little Help"
  • "Unbearable"
  • "Twinklet"
  • "Rainshine Meadows"
  • "Care-ful Bear"
  • "Rudemate"
  • "Dare Bears"
The Care Bears episodes focus on teaching kids about giving, receiving, asking for help, accepting responsibility, and recognizing others' feelings. The Care Bears love to help, and they show viewing kids that helping is a way to show you care.
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4. Bugs Bunny's Cupid Capers

Bugs Bunny's Cupid Capers
Photo © Warner Bros.
Share the love you had for Looneytoons with your own kids this Valentine's Day with hilarious heart-filled adventures from the wascally wabbit and his friends. In this lovely cartoon, Elmer Fudd is Cupid, and his meddlesome matchmaking creates some very silly situations. It's fun to go down memory lane and laugh again at those cartoon characters who were so popular back in the day. I think I laugh more at them now than I did back then. Besides, who embodies the cheesiness of V-day better than Pepe Le Pew? (Don't forget, though, that these cartoons were made during a less PC era, so there are some words, like "stupid," and slapstick violence that wouldn't be seen in shows made for young children today.)
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5. Franklin's Valentine

Franklin
Photo © Phase 4 films
Franklin is one of those characters for preschoolers who is just as sweet and innocent as can be. The show presents preschoolers with stories that kids can relate to, and watching Franklin go through his challenges helps kids learn about how to solve similar challenges of their own. In this Valentine's story, Franklin is very disappointed when he finds that he has lost the Valentine's he so lovingly made for the kids in his class. What can Franklin do now to show them he cares?
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