Enchanting stop-motion animation creates Tumble Leaf, a town inhabited by a little fox named Fig. This imaginative guy has a special “Finding Place,” the hull of a shipwreck filled with knick-knacks that inspire his adventures. Aimed at preschool viewers, it uses crafting and tinkering to build preschool-ready skills and promote problem-solving. Each half-hour episode includes two gently paced storylines, allowing young audiences time to absorb both the richness of the animation and the value of the educational plots.
In Tinker Thinker, Fig’s friend Maple gathers interesting items but isn’t sure how to use them until a friend in trouble needs a special device to help him. In Tooling Around, Maple and Fig need more tools as they work on projects. Maple finds she can invent new tools with a little reasoning and experimentation.
In Ripple Effect, Fig learns how natural events are interconnected. It provides a lesson about cause and effect, and how certain connected events explain the origin of the tasty honey he eats with his morning muffin.
Rumble Leaf, Tumble Leaf is an episode devoted to a single storyline. Fig and friends go on a sea voyage but end up stranded in a barren, dreary place. He brainstorms ways to be rescued, and in the process discovers an emotional surprise about his ship.
Make time for this worthy program. Tumble Leaf may subscribe to the same educational mission as many other children’s programs but it does so in an entirely unique way.
Gina Catanzarite ©2020 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 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.