Wild Sluiters

Kratt-mania has taken over Sluiter Nation.

The Sluiter brothers are enamored with the Kratt brothers.

It started out innocently enough: Wild Kratts came on after Word Girl on PBS after school while I was making dinner. It was the last “kids’ programming” show of our day before the TV went off or we turned it to the news.

Then I started to notice that the show wasn’t just on, the boys–BOTH of them–were actually watching it. You moms know what I mean here. Lots of times the TV will be on and the boys are only half-watching while they drive each other crazy play with other toys. But the second the theme song comes on, the boys stop what they are doing to watch the animals.

The Kratt brothers keep things exciting and fast-paced so even Charlie gets hooked.

Then we got Netflix. Did you know Wild Kratts is on Netflix?  They are. And Eddie has watched all the episodes so many times he can tell you which ones are “old” and which ones are “new” just based on the way they are drawn.

The Sluiter brothers heart the Kratt Brothers.

I probably don’t have to even explain their reaction when the Kratt brothers sent them plush figures and action toys to play with.

I’ll just say there was jumping up and down and then fighting over who got Chris and who got Martin and who got to play with which creature power.

The boys are already asking for more of the figures and the createrra set. I didn’t show them, but there is also there is also a power suit assortment set. We might have to get that for them for Christmas this year (available at Toys R Us).

We also have the first ever Wild Kratts book, Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins! Eddie and I have read it together more than half a dozen times. We are hoping they come out with more in the series, because he wants to get one about bears and lions.

Ok, so I have to know…do your kids watch Wild Kratts? What do they love about it?

Note: This post should have pictures, but my blog is not fully recovered from its case of death. I will add pictures when I can because they are cute.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I was not compensated for my time or writing. My boys were sent the plush Chris and Martin Kratt dolls, the action figure sets, and book to enjoy. All opinions are our own.

Charlie Krat

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Charlie has never cared about the TV. He is the complete opposite of his brother in that regard.

If a TV is on, Eddie’s life pauses and he will sit directly in front of the boob tube and get immersed in anything that is on it.  He will even get into the news and ask questions and talk about what is on.

We have to be careful about what is on when he is around.

Charlie has never, ever cared.

If the TV is not on, he will point out that it’s not on, but he really doesn’t pay any attention to what is on it.

At two, we could turn on PBS and Eddie would be good for hours (if we let him…not that we ever did that. Ahem). Charlie will sit and watch Curious George or Octonauts before bed if he’s REALLY tired. Otherwise he just plays.

There is one show, however, that we noticed that Charlie has fallen in love with: Wild Krats.

Or Krat Krats, as he calls it.

You should know that Charlie is in love with all animals. All of them.

His favorite books are any book that requires pointing out animals and what they say.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear is in HEAVY rotation right now.

We are home between 5:00 and 5:15pm every day after school/work/daycare, and every day at 5:30pm, Charlie shouts “KRAT KRATS!” from wherever he is the second an animal appears on our TV.

He’s pretty uninterested in the actual cartoon part of the show, but the parts with the actual Krat brothers showing animals? He squeals and laughs and points and get so excited!

Always after school: Eddie on the tablet and Charlie watching "Krat Krats" while I make dinner.

Always after school: Eddie on the tablet and Charlie watching “Krat Krats” while I make dinner.

We recently discovered that Netflix has Wild Krats.

It is impossible to scroll through the options without Charlie seeing those animated brothers and yelling “KRAT KRATS!” In fact, if that is not what Eddie is choosing (Ninjago is on his fave list right now), Charlie generally has a fit. Luckily, we can get Netflix on every TV in the house thanks to the Tivo, the Wii, and the Roku, so Charlie can watch in another room.

What are your kids watching lately?

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with a Roku and a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

TV Junkies Meet Netflix

image001Our TV is on a lot.

Long ago it became habit for Cortney and I to just turn the TV on when we were home. The way our main level is set up, our kitchen, dining area, and living room are all open to each other. If it wasn’t for the island separating the kitchen, it would basically be one big room.

When Eddie was born, the TV was never not on. Almost 24/7 the glow of the TV illuminated his first couple weeks as I basically lived on the couch recovering from my C-section.

Since then our lives have gotten busy and even though we have a DVR, we haven’t been able to keep up with our favorite shows. With both of us working full-time, we opt to not pay for extra channels like HBO which means we miss out on some of the more popular series.

When Cortney was unemployed after Eddie was born, we got Netflix. Cortney watched somewhere around a million documentaries including one about a dang font. We ended up getting rid of it for awhile, but have recently signed up again.

With three TVs in the house and kids who are into superheroes, and with being house bound due to such cold weather, it seemed like a good deal.

Netflix is available on our devices, through our Wii, through our TiVo, and through the Roku.

Even though we are trying to limit Eddie’s screen time, he is loving discovering all the Super Hero cartoons: The Justice League, Spiderman, etc. Cort and I are enjoying the trip down memory lane with the cartoons of our childhood.

Eddie did a little dance when he realized that he could watch somewhere around a million episodes of Curious George–a favorite in our house right now. As a family, we watch a DVR-ed episode every evening before bedtime. Now we have more of a variety of episodes and even movies to watch from the series.

Saturday night after the kids went to bed, Cortney and I settled in to watch a few episodes of Portlandia.

All four of us have profiles set up so Portlandia doesn’t end up on Eddie or Charlie’s profiles, but Super Why and My Little Pony do, which is perfect.

Do you have Netflix? What should Cortney and I watch next? What should we add for Eddie and Charlie?

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with a Roku and a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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