Meet Will's new favorite train friends!
The "Chuggington: Fire Patrol Rescue" DVD pack ($9.99), complete with bonus train, from Anchor Bay Entertainment had Will (and even CC!) enthralled with kid-friendly, action-packed adventure. And as a parent, I was impressed with just how many fire-safety tips and everyday lessons were included in the six episodes.
The preschool-focused show features Wilson the "trainee" learning how to be a leader during a fire safety drill. While some trains don't want to listen and a few mistakes are made along the way, Wilson learns that giving clear, firm directions helps others to pay closer attention and follow through.
Wilson also teams up with new friend Asher to learn how to use a powerful fire hose in a rescue. While there's a bit of a learning curve -- as there is with most everything -- Wilson sticks to it and even helps out another train with his newfound knowledge.
Bonus material includes coloring pages, new character spotlights and an extra "Bonus Badge Quest" episode.
What I appreciated about the episodes were the clear lessons and safety tips that came from the trains as well as the human crew. The DVD even starts off with a tip that tells kids to hold an adult's hand while crossing the street.
Kids learn important lessons like teamwork and following directions alongside rules about fire safety from the point of view of firefighting trains. (Make sure you take the wind into account when aiming the fire hose at a building's window.)
|Will loves taking this Chuggington train to bed.|
He also started saying "Oh bumpers!" -- an expression Wilson uses a lot to express frustration -- during the show. So cute!
|Will wears his Junior Firefighter badge.|
It's safe to say that we'll be learning a lot more about Chuggington. And don't be surprised if you find yourself singing the theme song, "Chugg-ing-ton, chugga-chugga-chugga," for days to come!