Little Pim is just about the cutest Panda I have ever seen. Well, maybe baby pandas are cuter, but only by a little bit. But he is definitely the cutest multilingual panda I have ever seen. Little Pim teaches children a new language (or brushes up skills) through the usage of DVD’s CD’s, toys, books and games, with perhaps the most well known being the DVD’s. The way Pim DVD’s teach is through examples in short segments, each being 5 minutes long, which are part of a much larger theme, IE Spanish Disc 3 is Playtime. Throughout the disc children are shown 60 words and phrases which work with the playing theme. This way of educating is called Entertaining Immersion Method. Each Pim disc is jam packed with learning by diagram, example action and most of all fun. And did you know? Pim likes to travel! (Just check out some of his pictures below.)
Not only does Pim teach Spanish, but also French, Arabic, Russian, and Japanese. We love Little Pim, and his short but sweet DVD’s, each of which clock in at 35 minutes long. Thus giving mom and dad a breather for a little bit and the little ones a little language lesson at the same time- not turning the kiddos into brain-dead zombies. (Justify it, mommies! LOL)
Not only does Pim do DVD’s but also music with languages in the form of CD’s. The French Bop CD has 15 well known French children songs, all of which will help your little ones further understand the language and French culture. Some of the songs are: Tap, Tap, Tap, and Les Petites Marionettes. To round out our French learning experience there are also word and phrase cards to quiz your kids with. Little Man has recently found this game to be quite fun. He might not remember the words all the time yet, but loves it when he gets the words right. With practice, patience, and Pim, I am sure in no time he will be our little tour guide through the fields of France.
Pim also has tri-lingual books. One of these is colors. Color words are some of the most helpful to learn before going on a trip. If you can describe a color most times someone can help you find what you are looking for. An example is if you want some apples in Spain, you might grab something and mimic eating it then say rojo, if colors are your only way communicating. Of course with Pim this is not so, but for the moms and dads who read the books over and over again this will be quite helpful in some very unexpected scenarios. The Pim books are a lot of fun as a mind expander while working on a Pim series. All Pim books cover more than one language but follow one theme. All of which are in English, Spanish and French covering such topics as colors, feelings, animals, and numbers. So while learning French this could be a good way to introduce your kids to the similarities of the romance languages, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. With flaps and tabs to pull and push, the book is engaging and fun.
Little Pim has now made their award-winning language learning program available digitally. Sold in Spanish, French, Chinese, English/ESL and the newly added Brazilian Portuguese, the 35-minute episodes can be easily downloaded digitally for tablets and smartphones available through the Little Pim website: http://www.littlepim.
Little Pim is now also available digitally on LeapFrog. “Eating and Drinking ” and “Wake Up Smiling” have just been released through LeapFrog’s video app center in Spanish, French and English/ESL, and Chinese Mandarin, German and Italian apps for “Eating and Drinking”. The third video app, “Playtime” teaches another 60 words and phrases around the wonders of play, from blocks to boats.
Each episode is theme based and can be introduced in any order. These video apps teach young children more than 60 words and phrases for morning and evening routines such as waking up, getting dressed and brushing teeth.
Little Pim’s Spanish, French and Chinese iPad Apps have been awarded the 2012 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. These interactive games were developed in conjunction with PBS Kids Play and feature three levels of teaching. This is the series’ fourth win from the National Parenting Center. The Little Pim language series has earned 24 consumer and educational awards from leading organizations such as the National Parenting Center and Dr. Toy.