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Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Healthy and Fit!

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Healthy and Fit!

Spring 2012 DVD
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.

Timon and Pumbaa are the animal duo who popularized the concept of "Hakuna Matata" in The Lion King. Hakuna Matata boasts of a "problem-free philosophy" that means "no worries for the rest of your days," and in this 12-minute instructional health video, the team tells kids ages five through nine that one way to avoid worries is to wash hands and prevent the spread of germs.

Timon and Pumbaa provide a very kid-friendly explanation of how germs spread and then they demonstrate proper hand-washing techniques and how to cover one's nose and mouth when sneezing. They also talk about the importance of proper nutrition and good oral hygiene in order to maintain a healthy body that can fight off germs. It's information kids probably have heard before, but it may make a greater impression coming from these two popular comic characters.

The DVD comes from Disney Educational Productions, and it includes a downloadable teacher's guide and activities, sixteen different language options and a safety-smart sing-along bonus video.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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