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Moose, just like most 5 yr olds, loves cartoons. He especially likes anything with ninjas, battles, vehicles or problem solving. As well as cartoons he loves drawing pictures and colouring in. Imagine his delight then when we were recently sent a bag of goodies to celebrate the Ricky Zoom series from Nick jnr currently being shown on Saturday and Sunday morning.
I’ll be honest, I am not usually a fan of talking vehicles. Cars is my least favourite Disney movie. Moose however is a different kettle of fish. I sat him in front of one of the episodes we were sent to watch and within 2 minutes (and I mean this literally) he was absolutely hooked.
What is it about?
Ricky Zoom is a little red bike whose parents are rescue bikes. He lives in Wheelford, a small town with a tight knit community who all help Ricky to be the best he can be and make sure he can stand on his own two wheels.
Ricky’s friends are Loop, Scootio and DJ. They call themselves the Bike Buddies and they go around trying to help as much as they can.
The show opens with the theme song which is a nice little introduction to the characters of Wheelford. Each episode features brightly coloured characters and lots of stunts and action but at its heart the show is about friendship. There are of course morals and a certain amount of sending a message about having good values and caring for others.
What did we think?
Moose was quickly drawn into the show. He loved the theme and the bright colours. The characters really appealed to him and he watching a couple of episodes from start to finish and was really engaged with Ricky Zoom.
After he had watched the episodes he wanted to colour his Ricky Zoom pictures from his backpack and make up new adventures for Ricky and his friends.
I liked that the show was vibrant and fun but even though the little bikes did get support from the rest of their community they were able to solve problems by themselves. Perfect for its 3-5yr old audience who themselves are just finding their feet!
I will definitely encourage Moose to watch Ricky Zoom in future. He found it inspiring and I thought the messages it laid out were positive.
Check out the Ricky Zoom website for fun activities and to find out more!