Kids’ TV show recommendation: Odd Squad

This month we recommend award-winning kids’ TV show Odd Squad, which follows the exploits of a mysterious government-style organisation run by children

 

Each month, MCC co-founder Sara Khaled selects a fun or educational TV show that has caught her eye; tried and tested by her four young children. This week, Sarah takes a look at Odd Squad, a Canadian-US made children’s educational series mixing fun drama with mathematics.

Show: Odd Squad

Platform and streaming: Netflix, PBS Kids, CBBC

Age: 5-8

 

Summary

The theme of this award-winning show is that the Odd Squad, a mysterious government-style organisation run by children, is sent to fix anything strange that happens in the world and to use mathematics, reasoning (and lots of humour) to do it. All the agents’ names begin with ‘O’ – even the diminutive boss is called Miss O – and there is a rolling cast of cartoon-style villains.

The series premiered in the US and Canada in 2014 and has since scooped a number of industry awards, including Daytime Emmys. Episodes are around 27 minutes each, so not too onerous for young viewers, but depending on the TV service showing them, they can be split into two chunks of around 12 minutes.

It’s an endearingly wacky program – the problems that need solving might be a sudden disappearance of zeroes from the immediate area, or a puzzle over why things across town keep being divided into equal pieces. Young viewers are introduced to various math concepts such as fractions and basic geometry.

 

Why we love it

  • ​​This is such a fun way to introduce the idea to children that actually the world runs on maths and the subject need not be as dry as dust.
  • Adults watching with the children will appreciate the steady flow of one-liners and gentle humour.
  • There’s good, solid educational value here. Mathematical concepts are slipped in as part of the plot, and adults might learn a thing or two as well!
  • Children not only learn problem-solving, but they can also see the benefits of working together, good communication and sticking to a job until it’s done.

 

Watch the trailer

Stream now on Netflix and BBC iPlayer

 

About the author

Sara Khaled is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lives with her husband and four young children, aged between 6 months and 10 years old. A public health graduate of King Saud University, Sara is a co-founder of Moon Community Club, and passionate advocate of causes that promote social development.

 

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Image credits: Netflix

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