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Summertime Plans: TV on DVD

Summertime is hard on moms.

For a lot of us, we can be outside in the early morning, and in the late evening. Which leaves a LOT of down time in the middle of the day in which we're constantly seeking out entertainment. The first part of summer starts out with big plans: arts and crafts projects every day, homework time, piano lessons, and more. A few weeks in, those plans have faded and/or blown up in our faces, and we turn to the television.

The problem with summer television is that a lot of shows go on hiatus, and TV stations cater to older kids, playing shows and cartoons that you don't want your younger kids to see. Thankfully, Nickelodeon offers a lot of their preschool programming on DVD.You should definitely check out these titles for your kids. They don't call it the lazy days of summer for nothing!

WonderPets! The First Rescue

Journey back in time with the Wonder Pets as they relive when they first met, tackled their first rescue mission and learned the importance of teamwork in the new DVD release Wonder Pets!: The First Rescue, featuring seven new-to-DVD adventures including the never-before-seen “Happy Mothers Day!” and “Save the Sun Bear!”

Wonder Pets! is great for young kids. A trio of classroom pets work together, "What's gonna work? Teamwork!", while traveling around the world rescuing baby animals. There is a lot of music in each episode, and kids learn about the different animals and their habitats. Would recommend for kids ages 2-4. available exclusively at

Max and Ruby: A Visit With Grandma

Come along as Max & Ruby embark on variety of new-to-DVD adventures. They’ll go on an awesome treasure hunt, make “mudpies” and perform their very own recital in the backyard! Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Max & Ruby: A Visit with Grandma features four all-new episodes never released on DVD before!

Max and Ruby aren't my favorite bunnies, but my 3 year old loves them. (Seriously, WHERE ARE THE PARENTS?) Based on the books by Rosemary Wells, each episode centers on Max trying to get into trouble, and Ruby trying to help him stay out of trouble. Would recommend for kids ages 2-4. available at

The Backyardigans: Operation Elephant Drop

Go wild with delivery agents Pablo and Tyrone as they try to bring an elephant to a wildlife sanctuary in India in the new DVD, The Backyardigans: Operation Elephant Drop. Featuring four new to DVD episodes, preschoolers will be introduced to the music genres of Alternative Rock, Forró, Bo Diddley-Style Rock and American Country Rock. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, The Backyardigans: Operation Elephant Drop DVD hits shelves July 13, 2010.

I LOVE The Backyardigans. They're a group of neighborhood kids, whose backyards adjoin, and who use their imaginations to go on amazing backyard adventures.  Each episode features a specific musical genre and choreographed dance sequences that kids love. If you have never seen this show before, you are missing out. Seriously. This is one of the shows that I will sit down and watch with my kids. Would recommend for kids aged 2-8. You can pre-order it on Amazon here.

Nickelodeon: First Day Of School

Get ready for the first day of school with your preschool pals from Nickelodeon! Dora the Explorer leads the way in this adventure-filled DVD, which also includes episodes from Go, Diego, Go!; Blue’s Clues; The Wonder Pets!; and Ni Hao, Kai-lan! Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Nickelodeon: The First Day of School contains over two hours of educational entertainment for preschoolers.

Dora, Diego, Blue, the Wonder Pets, and Kai-lan... together. On one disk. It's a preschooler's dream. Get ready for your first day of school with Dora, get a new library ready with Diego, help Periwinkle through her first day of school with Blue, send the blowfish to school with the Wonder Pets, and learn how to play nicely with Kai-lan. This DVD will get your little ones excited about starting school, and help them understand why they need to go to school. Would recommend for children age 3-5. available on DVD July 13, 2010. Pre-order your copy today!

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