Keeping kids engaged while you are tidying up or working from home can be a challenge, and it’s easier to turn on the TV and hand them over their gadgets to make them behave. But you don’t have to feel guilty about their screen time if you’re making them watch shows that will help them learn and have fun at the same time. Just log in on iWant, and you will see a ton of choices fit for their age!
Aside from wholesome movies and TV shows, iWant also has an original Filipino animated series called “Jet and the Pet Rangers” featuring the superhero team of a kid named Jet and his pets Liksi the dog, Tiyang Manok the hen, and Gigi the goldfish. The series is colorful and charming, and each episode runs just a little over ten minutes and is guaranteed to teach your kids a thing or two about what it means to be a good person.
Here are just some of the things that your kids can learn from each episode of “Jet and the Pet Rangers”:
1. Cleanliness and caring for others
“Jet and the Pet Ranger’s” first episode is a timely reminder for everyone right now: keep yourself clean. In it, Kuting the kittie unknowingly puts other cats in danger because of her refusal to shower, causing a stink that turns into a giant monster. Sounds selfish? Yes. When Kuting realizes this, she takes one for the team and finally showers, fully aware of how one’s small actions can affect others.
2. Forgiveness and friendship
A grumpy dog who doesn’t socialize with other animals, Potpot is hounded by trauma and shame because of an accident that removed his leg and made him feel neglected. When his dog house is destroyed, he comes face to face with Jet, the person he saved in his accident and the superhero who comes to his rescue to help him rebuild his dog house. Instead of holding on to his grudge, Potpot becomes friends with Jet. Indeed, we don’t have to remain vengeful for the rest of our lives. In fact, we can be friends with those who hurt us if we give ourselves a chance to open our hearts to them.
3. Empathy and kindness
Unlike other pigs who are competing to be the heaviest, Vicky Biik is light and thin and believes she was born to fly, even though she often gets mocked for trying to learn how to do it. She later puts her training to good use when she “flies” directly into a whirlwind to salvage the belongings of the pig community. Vicky Biik’s story teaches kids that while we get discouraged by others for wanting something so badly, we can shake it off with kindness and might just fulfill our own dreams by helping others.
4. Giving hope to those in need
Elderly firefly Andoy is trapped inside a jar, in the hands of a mischievous orphan named Ben, who hopes the firefly will grant his wish of seeing his long-deceased parents once again. However, Andoy’s tail light goes out and Ben frets he will not get his wish. Determined more than ever, Ben abandons Andoy to fill a new jar with more fireflies. Realizing that Ben is only acting out because he is lonely and yearning for his parents, Andoy and the forest fireflies form an illusion in the likeness of Ben's parents, therefore granting his wish even just for a brief moment. Sometimes people need their joy and hope to be renewed in order to move forward. This is what the fireflies gave Ben – a spark of light that will urge him on and forward in his life.
5. Camaraderie and companionship
Twin puppies Larry and Lester fight over a gifted bone. Jet and the Pet Rangers cook up a fest of Pinoy party games to determine which of the puppies should get the bone. But in the middle of the competition, the twins get to enjoy each other’s company, and realize they can’t win the games without the other. Through teamwork and words of encouragement, Larry and Lester end their rivalry as they realize the brothers are stronger and better together. Competitions are normal, but they shouldn’t last forever. Relationships with friends and loved ones are always better when two parties lift each other up.
6. A mother’s unconditional love
Duckling Bea Bibe is distraught after her feathers turn black and greasy after swimming in a polluted pond, and other swans fail to recognize her for her unsightly appearance. Even Jet and the Rangers’ efforts to cover her feathers have failed, and Bea is inconsolable—until her mother arrives. Surprised that her mother recognizes her, Bea asks whether she will be accepted for her looks. Her mother soothes her worries, and explains that nothing can change her love for her duckling. A mother always knows when her child is in pain or trouble, and will always be there to protect her kids.
7. Rejecting stereotypes and refusing to judge others by their looks
“Nobody is born unlucky or evil.” This is what Jet’s mother tells him when villagers try to chase a black cat named Pawpaw away, as they believe it is bad luck. Even the animals in the forest refuse to help him because of the old belief. However, Jet decides to investigate Pawpaw’s true intentions before judging his character. After leaving a bowl of food in the open, Jet and the animals watch as Pawpaw controls himself from taking it—until he eventually does, but gives it to a family of mice that needs it more. Pawpaw even saves the mice family from an disastrous rockslide. Despite all the rumors that have been spreading, Jet believes in the goodness of the black cat and pursues the truth.
Follow the fun-filled superhero adventures of Jet and his best pals in “Jet and the Pet Rangers,” on the iWant app (iOs and Android) or iwant.ph.