Crash Course: Dora the Explorer

And now a friend that I’m sure we all know and love, DORA! Here’s your crash course in Dora the Explorer! Dora is a bilingual character who goes on adventures with her friends through interactive TV episodes.

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Dora is Latina tomboy who goes on a different adventure each episode. She engages with the audience by asking questions and encouraging viewers to help her solve her adventures.

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Boots is one of Dora’s trusty companions throughout her adventures.  He’s a 5 year old monkey who is Dora’s best friend. He might make mistakes, but the smiley monkey bounces back quickly.

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Maps helps Dora figure out where to go on their adventures.

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Backpack is Dora’s most prepared friend. She is a magic satchel who has everything that Dora needs for her adventures.

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Tico is a Spanish speaking squirrel who lives in the woods and can operate any vehicle. He is known for being fun and brave at the same time.

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Benny is a 6 year old bull who lives on a farm with his grandmother. He speaks English and is a little accident prone.

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Isabella (Isa) is an iguana who loves to work in her garden. She is cool and calm and helps Boots and Dora out with information during their adventures.

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Swiper is the main antagonist in Dora the Explorer. He is quick and a master of disguise who often tries to swipe things from Dora. She’s known to warn him; “Swiper no swiping!”


Learn more about Dora by visiting her Wiki page, Dora the Explorer Wiki Page


Crash Course: Sofia the First

Everyone loves a good princess story and you will not be disappointed in Sofia the First….if you are 4. But since I’m sure you all interact with 4 year olds at some point during your day, your Crash Course on Sofia the First is here.

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Princess Sofia is the star of the show. She wasn’t always a princess but upon her mother’s remarriage to King Roland II, Sofia moved into the palace. She is still learning about how to be a princess and what the proper etiquette is.

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Princess Amber is King Roland’s daughter and Princess Sofia’s step sister. Although they don’t always get along, they are learning how to be sisters.

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Prince James is Princess Amber’s twin brother. He is known for being energetic, mischievous and sometimes getting into trouble. But he does care about Sofia and want to help her adjust to life in the castle.

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Clover is Sofia’s best friend and lives with her in the palace as her pet. He and his animal friends help Sofia out in return for her making sure they can find enough food.

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King Roland II is Sofia’s stepfather. He is a fair and just king who cares for his people.

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Queen Miranda is Sofia’s mother. Originally a shoemaker, Miranda and Sofia moved to castle together when she married King Roland.

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Baileywick is the steward of the castle. His main job is to make sure that everything is “where is should be, when it should be.” For those of you who watch reality TV and recognize his voice, Gunn from Project Runway voices Baileywick.

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Cedric the Sorcerer is the royal sorcerer who originally wants to steal an amulet from Sofia and use its power. He eventually changes to good and begins to teach Sofia more about her magic.


Visit the Sofia the First Wiki Page to learn more about this enchanting princess

Crash Course: Peppa Pig

Introducing Peppa Pig, everyone’s favorite British pig! Below you will meet Peppa and her friends from school.

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Peppa Pig is the main star of the show. She loves mud puddles, as all piggies do, and enjoys play with friends.

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George is Peppa’s little brother. He is very young which means that he often cries when he is afraid.

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Mommy Pig

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Daddy Pig.

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Rebecca Rabbit

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Suzy Sheep

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Candy Cat.

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Danny Dog

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Pedro Pony

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Zoe Zebra

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Emily Elephant

Check out Peppa’s Wikipedia Page to learn more


Crash Course: SpongeBob SquarePants

If you don’t know about SpongeBob SquarePants, then what rock have you been living under? SpongeBob is a huge part of my childhood that I definitely get nostalgic about. Lucky for me, it’s still popular so it’s easy to chat with kids about life in Bikini Bottom and at the Krusty Krab.

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This yellow sponge is the star of the show, SpongeBob SquarePants. He is a fun, energetic and sometimes a little weird but always happy and excited.

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Patrick is SpongeBob’s best friend and neighbor. Although he isn’t always super smart, he loves enjoying life in Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob.

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Squidward doesn’t enjoy life in Bikini Bottom as much as our previous two characters. He is known for being SpongeBob’s sourpuss neighbor who is always cranky.

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Gary is SpongeBob’s pet squirrel. Although he doesn’t talk so we can understand, SponegBob communicates with Gary fairly well.

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Sandy Cheeks is a squirrel who is originally from land but she gets along great with SpongeBob and Partick. Known for her strong Texas accent, she is intelligent and levelheaded.

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Mr. Krabs is SpongeBob’s boss as the Krusty Krub. As a lover of money, his profit is most important to him. He treats his money as if it is royalty.

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Plankton is the “villian” in this show. He is Mr. Krabs’ business rival and constantly trying to steal the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty (the most popular burger).

To learn more about SpongeBob and life in Bikini Bottom, check out the SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki Page

Crash Course: Llama Llama

One of the most popular kids books is Llama Llama Red Pajama. As of January 2018, Llama Llama became a Netflix show. Before I start your Crash Course, check out the book by listening to Ludacris’ reading of the storybook!!


Now that I’ve got that song stuck in your head, let’s meet the cast of Llama Llama.

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Llama Llama is our star. In the Netflix series, he goes on adventures with his mom and friends. He loves playing games but is sometimes frightened by new things.

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Mama Llama is Llama Llama’s mother. As a working mother, she is busy as she guides Llama Llama as he learns about family, friendship and new things.

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Nelly Gnu is Llama Llama’s spunky best friend who is known for asking lots of questions and sometimes getting into trouble.

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Luna Giraffe is another member of the Llama Llama show who is friends with Llama Llama.

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Euclid is the brains of the show!


Gilroy Goat is a friend and classmate of Llama Llama who sometimes doesn’t always have something nice to say. He doesn’t mean to hurt people’s feelings but struggles with self control.


Zelda Zebra is the classroom teacher.

Since the show just came out, the Wiki page is a work in progress. Keep checking the Llama Llama Wiki Page to learn more.


Crash Course: Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb is up next in our Crash Course series. This is another show that I watched when I was a kid, albeit it came out towards the end of my childhood. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know all the words to the theme song. This crew doesn’t want to waste a single moment of their summer, so they make sure to do something exciting each day!

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Our first friend is Phineas. This precocious member works with his step-brother, Ferb, to build all sorts of crazy contraptions. His catchphrase is “Hey Ferb! I know what we’re gonna do today.”

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Ferb is Phineas’ silent partner. Although he doesn’t say anything, he is right with Phineas with every thing they build and is actually the brains of their operations.

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Candace is Phineas and Ferb’s older sister. As their frequent babysitter, Candace sees everything that her brothers build. But as she goes to get her parents, their creations somehow disappear and so no one ever believes Candace.

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Jeremy is Candace’s crush. He seems to like Candace and she definitely likes him. Much of Candace’s experiences in the show are about getting Jeremy to notice and like her.

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Isabella is Phineas and Ferb’s friend and she also has a crush on Phineas although she isn’t as obvious as Candace is with Jeremy. Isabella’s catchphrase is “Hi Phineas. Watcha doin?”

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The evil villian in this show is Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is Perry the Platapus’ nemesis. He concocts evil plans but Perry easily stops them as Dr. Doofenshmirtz isn’t very good at evil.

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Perry the Platypus is a secret agent who stops Dr. Doofenshmirtz just in the nick of time and then returns to being Phineas and Ferb’s family pet without anyone learning what he’s been up to.

Check out the catchy theme song below;


To learn more about the many characters of Phineas and Ferb, visit the Phineas and Ferb Wiki Page

Fabulous Find Friday: Angry Octopus

Today’s Fabulous Find Friday is Angry Octopus by Lori Lite. Angry Octopus is a guided imagery story that teaches children coping skills for when they are feeling really angry. As someone who isn’t very experienced with leading guided imagery, I like this book because all you have to do is read the story. I really enjoy reading out loud and this story was an easy way to lead children in relaxation techniques. The Octopus squeezes his muscles and relaxes them, takes deep breaths and becomes calmer throughout the story.

Crash Course: Bubble Guppies

No Child Life Specialist is ever without bubbles and so I was drawn to Bubble Guppies during my internship because of the bubbles! One of my little girls loved blowing bubbles and she was so excited when I brought a Bubble Guppies Look and Find book. Here’s your Crash Course on the Bubble Guppies!

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Molly is one of the lead characters who is kind and friendly. She enjoys singing during the show with her fish microphone.

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Gil is the other main leader in Bubble Guppies. He is an energetic and curious Guppy.

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Deema’s hair is as big as her personality. She is funny, energetic and enjoys being the center of attention.

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Nonny is brainy, cautious and very calm. When he talks, you hear a vocabulary that is very advanced.

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Oona is gentle and empathetic. She’s known for being very aware of other people’s emotions.

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Goby is a creative and imaginative Guppy who enjoys telling stories and dressing up.

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No school is complete without their teacher. Mr. Grouper is the Bubble Guppies friendly teacher who leads them on field trips and encourages them to discover.

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Bubble Puppy is a playful pup whose favorite activity is popping bubbles.

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The Little Fish appears in groups of two or three to help the viewers learn the answers to the questions that the Guppies may ask.

Check out the show’s catchy theme song below;


To learn more about the Bubble Guppies, check out the Bubble Guppies Wiki Page

Crash Course: Doc McStuffins

The Doc is in! This week’s Crash Course is about Doc McStuffins. As Child Life Specialists, Doc McStuffins is especially important because it is focused on the medical environment. In each episode, Doc McStuffins fixes up her toys by using things that children could see in the hospital like stethoscopes and X-ray machines.

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Introducing Doc McStuffins! Doc McStuffins is our 7 year old friend who wants to grow up to be a doctor just like her mom. Some of her phrases are “It’s okay, everyone gets scared,” “I have a diagnosis” and “It’s very brave to ask for help.”

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No show is complete without the main character’s trusty sidekicks. Lambie loves to give cuddles to all the patients at the clinic and tells them all “You look like you could use a cuddle.”Image result for stuffy doc mcstuffins

Stuffy is the stuffed Dragon who is brave and also a little clumsy. Stuffy has a fear of spiders and he is Chilly’s best friend.

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Chilly here is our snowman friend. Although Chilly is stuffed, he is still concerned about melting like a real snowman. Important thing to know about Chilly is that he is a hypochondriac, so he shows up in Doc’s clinic often with a variety of illnesses.

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Hallie is here to keep everyone in line. As the nurse, she assists Doc in examining patients and helping all the toys feel better. Some of her phrases are “This looks like a case for the Big Book of Boo-Boos” and “There there, Sugar. This won’t hurt a bit.”

Not gonna lie, the theme song is super catchy. Check out the video below to hear it, learn it, and love it!

To learn more, visit the Doc McStuffins Wiki Page

Crash Course: Paw Patrol

Welcome to our new series, Crash Course! The easiest way to relate to kids is to talk about something that they are interested in. One of my favorite distractions is just talking to kids about their favorite TV show or their favorite song. I’ve definitely changed at least a few tears to giggles by belting out the Paw Patrol theme song. Not everyone has the time to watch these shows and research them, but I do! So here is your crash course on Paw Patrol!

Paw Patrol is about Ryder and his pups that go out on missions and save the day. Below is your guide to the characters and a little about them to start your Paw Patrol discussions.

File:PAW Patrol Chase Standard.pngThis is Chase! Chase is a police puppy. He wears blue and his most popular catchphrases are “Chase is on the Case!” and “These paws uphold the laws.”

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Image result for skye paw patrolSkye looks pretty in pink flying above everyone! She is known to say “Let’s take to the sky” and “This pups gotta fly.”Image result for rocky paw patrolI’m gonna be honest, this next pup is my favorite. Rocky wears green and he’s known for caring about the environment. His symbol is a recycling symbol. Rocky’s phrases are “Don’t lose it, reuse it!” and “Why trash it when you can stash it?”

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Rubble is our construction friend. Always ready to dig up some dirt, Rubble rocks his yellow outfit! Rubble’s phrases are “Let’s dig it!” and “Rubble on the Double!”

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Zuma is our water loving friends. He scuba dives and cheers “Let’s dive it!” and “Ready, Set, Get wet!”

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Everest isn’t part of the theme song or in every episode, but she is a part of the team and someone you should know. Everest is the snow puppy. Her catchphrases are “I was born to slide,” “Ice or snow, I’m ready to go” and “Off the Trail, Everest won’t fail”

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Last but not least is the puppies fearless leader, Ryder! Ryder is a 10 y.o boy who calls the pups to action when there’s an emergency. His catchphrases are “No job is too big, no pup is too small,” “PAW Patrol is on a roll” and “Whenever you’re in trouble, yelp for help!”

Now you know the characters, the next thing is to learn all the words to the theme song. Make sure to turn on the captions when you watch so you can know the words.


Check out the PAW Patrol Wiki Page to learn more!