Move over Paw Patrol, there’s a new TV series in town. And this one is sure to inspire children everywhere to drop the remote, pick up their gumboots, and head for the great outdoors.
I had the pleasure of watching the first episode of the new Scout & The Gumboot Kids series on Kids’ CBC with my children. Before I knew it, we were heading outside on an adventure to find a curious little mouse named Scout.
Scout is the star of the newly animated, live-action show. He solves mysteries with his young viewers, all the while inspiring them to be mindful and explore nature.
“Our intention was to make a show that infused mindful concepts within the show, so viewers are reminded to be present and be in the moment,” says show creators Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan.
“Scout teaches us a few different mindful exercises. They are simple and effective techniques like observing nature with your ears, nose and hands.”
Endorsed by the David Suzuki Foundation and UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact, this show is sure to have your little ones connecting with nature in a curious and creative manner. Even better, Scout & The Gumboot Kids is filmed right in our own backyard of Vancouver.
The series airs Monday through Friday on Kids’ CBC at 9:55 a.m., but you can check out the first few episodes here.
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Husband and wife, Eric and Tara, developed Scout & The Gumboot Kids out of a strong desire to help families connect with nature and each other, in an open and non-judgmental way.
“The show was inspired by our two young children Wilfred (6) and Paris (4),” says Tara and Eric.
“We realized that as a family, we are the happiest and most connected when we’re outside together. Living in a condo in the city, sometimes we needed to push ourselves to get outside. We’d call our nature walks, ‘gumboot walks.’”
And Tara and Eric’s family love exploring without an agenda.
“A nature walk doesn’t need to be an epic two-hour hike. Unplugging and going outside for 10 minutes can make a huge positive difference for everyone. This show acts as a bridge between your family room and the outdoors. Our hope is that people will be reminded to turn off their TV and enjoy some time in nature.”
Visit www.gumbootkids.com/ for more information, and follow Scout on Twitter and Instagram @GumbootKids.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. The opinions expressed here are entirely mine.