It's Hip Hop, Baby! is an educational DVD series targeted for children ages 2-6; its focus is teaching children through the use of kids-friendly music and movements. Per the company's website:
"This educational DVD series features child-friendly dance routines that help
your child develop listening skills and the ability to follow simple directions.
Your toddler will experience the joys of learning their ABC's, animals, body
parts, and numbers through fun-filled musical performances and interviews with
the hip hop kids. Your little ones will learn simple hip hop dance steps
with Miss Dre while playing Simon Says with our puppet, Hip Hop Simon, the
"cool" cat puppet."
I have two daughters, ages 23 months and 4 years, and at these ages, they don't like sitting still for very long, for anything. From the moment the music began and Hip Hop Simon began talking, my girls were entertained. They danced, wiggled, and giggled, and sang along with familiar tunes as well as learned new ones. "It's bathtime... oh yeah it's bathtime..." is now a nightly tune as well as my own adaptation "It's naptime... oh yeah it's naptime..."!
What's impressive about this DVD is that my children are learning - and having fun! What a concept! They were having such a good time that they didn't realize this was an educational tool! I also appreciate the emphasis on physical movement and dance, as we live in a world now where children aren't encouraged to be physically active.
Even I joined in when Miss Dre started teaching dance moves, cause you know, a mom's got to keep up with her crazy dance skills!
As music is a big part of daily life with my children and a teaching method to which they respond, this DVD is a perfect addition to our collection. Three viewings later they're still loving it, and so am I.
"It's Hip Hop, Baby!" is available on Amazon.