Do you remember the Strawberry Shortcake dolls of our youth? I know I do! I am the middle child, and I have two sisters. When we were growing up, all three of us were OBSESSED with Strawberry Shortcake. It was better than Rainbow Brite and Rose Petal put together, and probably even cooler than the Glo-Worms or the Lotsa Legs.
Not the My Pet Monster, though. Nothing was cooler than that. Still, Strawberry Shortcake came pretty darn close. Between the dolls and the cartoon, our house was a walking advertisement for Strawberry Shortcake.
Amazingly, the cartoon we knew and loved as kids has been revamped and rewritten with a modern twist. WildBrain hosts and produces the new web series, Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures Girls Show, and it is so perfectly reminiscent of the original series and figures we knew and loved. Except now, they are my daughter’s favorite, too.
Wildbrain is Preschool Entertainment Central
When my son was younger, he was obsessed with Elmo and Sesame Street. We had about a billion episodes on our DVR, but we always had to wait to record the episode to have it to watch. The beauty of WildBrain is that it gives age-appropriate educational choices, and they are all right in one place. Kids can watch shows like Caillou, Ellie Explorer, or Cody and have access to all currently available episodes whenever they want. What’s more, new episodes are being added each and every week.
Strawberry Shortcake the Current Top Spot
My daughter loves all things friendship, teamwork, and princess. Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures Girls Show has everything she loves. I imagine it is the same for a lot of girls her age right now, too. The show is fantastic because while the episode may range in length from 34-45 minutes, it is broken up into several mini-episodes. Some tie back together throughout the entire episode, though many stand alone. For little ones, it is the perfect length to hold their attention. Each story is told and wrapped up in around two and a half minutes, which is just the right length to keep little minds entertained and learning without them getting bored.
The episode Yes to the Dress emphasizes teamwork and friendship throughout. The characters support one another and lean on each other for support and help when they need it. It’s a great precedent to set for little ones showing them how to build one another up and support one another. There is a lot of discussion about manners, as well. However there is a distinct point made that maintaining your own good manners is always nice, but trying to enforce other peoples’ good manners makes for an annoying friend.
A Haunting in Berry City is inspiring for little ones to learn the importance of cooperating. In this segment, many of the episodes are focused on problem-solving. In some of them, the characters disagree and bicker and go their own ways. When they start cooperating and using their problem-solving skills, everything starts coming back together for the girls of Berry Bitty City.
Market Yourself is a testament to self-confidence and assertiveness. Even though the stories inside the episode are short, it is astonishing just how powerful the message is when you know what to look for, and teaching little girls the importance of self-worth from an early age is priceless.
We are super excited to celebrate the resurgence of our favorite series with an amazing giveaway! This month, Wildbrain will be giving away a prize valued at $60! The giveaway will include a Berry Bitty Set with 4 3-inch figures including Strawberry, Plum, Lemon, and Blueberry. It will also have a Strawberry and Friends 8.5″ plush, 3 different paperbacks, and an amazing coloring book!
It’s such an amazing experience to be able to share something from my youth with one of my children. The new Strawberry Shortcake animated series is the perfect show to bridge a generational gap. The fact that I already know and love the characters makes my daughter super excited to share and talk about each episode. It opens up a dialogue about some of the important messages for girls being portrayed on the show. It’s an incredible way to start building self-confidence and problem-solving skills in little girls from a very early age. And the fact that it is all found with a few keystrokes on Wildbrain means that it is content that is age-appropriate and educational. It’s just a giant ball of win all around.