Sesame Street - Elmo Visits the Firehouse
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Elmo Visits the Firehouse (DVD)
After a fire on Sesame Street gives Elmo a scare, he and Maria visit a real New York City firehouse. Finding out about all the protective clothes firefighters wear and practicing how to "Get Low and Go" helps Elmo feel safe again. And he even gets to slide down a real pole! Then a special Elmo's World all about firefighters helps kids understand much more about what to do if there is a fire. Includes a bonus Hero Guy segment!]]>
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It is educational (but still fun) and teaches toddlers very important information regarding fire safety. It also gives a great opportunity to talk to your little one about how Elmo is feeling (he is scared in the beginning) and how to address those feelings. Also - what is cooler to a 2-year-old than Firefighters and Firetrucks?! He absolutely loves it.
The only downfall I see is that there are two animated shorts in the middle of the show and a Baby Bear short at the end that my son always makes me skip over - probably because they don't have anything to do with Elmo and are not part of the "normal" Elmo's World that he is obsessed with. But I guess I just have a picky two-year-old on my hands!
As far as the content, it is dated... but acceptable. If you are a helicopter parent who carries hand sanitizer with you at all times, then this may not be the video for you. If you believe that your child should be aware of the world that surrounds them, and be able to deal with any situation, should they find themselves in one, then I would recommend this video.
There are so many good lessons to be learned from this production about what to do in case of a fire - and it is directed to the toddler in such a way that not only does it grab his/her attention - but the message that the video intends to convey is done quite well - with subliminal tones.
Be prepared for a different format - an actual trip to the firehouse and a sampling of the life of firefighters with on-camera interviews and interactions. I categorize it as being more educational than pure entertainment - but what a lesson it brings to the little ones!
I shared this video with the day-care that my grandson attends - and all of the little ones (toddlers) were taken with it. The mix of real life and regular Sesame Street life is just right for their level of attention and comprehension.
As a grandparent of a young child - I highly recommend it as a holiday stocking stuffer. It is well worth the cost in terms of life lessons and is certainly appropriate in today's world.