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AJ is an 8-year-old techie who drives monster-truck Blaze, the top racer in Axle City. The two go on adventures that have them taking on problems involving science and math.
I have three children aged 6, 4, and 2 years old, my daughter and my two sons are as thick as thieves together and pretty much like the same things. We do not have Sky TV at home only Freeview, a few months ago the children found Blaze and the Monster Machines playing on tv and they instantly fell in love...what's not to love about a bunch of talking trucks solving problems? Blaze and the Monster Machines became their 2nd favourite show just behind Paw Patrol. When I saw that KIWIreviews had a Blaze DVD available to request I knew that my children would be over the moon to watch it, so I crossed my fingers and toes that we would be chosen. When I unpackaged my review box a little hand quickly snatched the DVD out and insisted we needed to watch it straight away.
Looking at the DVD case I was impressed with the bright cartoons on the front, and noticed that on the disc there was a bonus Paw Patrol episode. The children were excited to watch this as Blaze and the Monster Machines is no longer played on tv. The whole way through the DVD their eyes were glued to the screen, enjoying every minute of it. I am always impressed by cartoons that manage to make learning fun for young children. This show solves problems by using a mix of science and mathematics mixed up with some catchy tunes. Our favourite episode on the disc was the one where the Light Thief steals the lights from the city, therefore Blaze and his friends need to solve how to get energy for the lights. The DVD has a running time of 85 minutes which was a good length for my two older children, the youngest managed to sit through two episodes before getting distracted.
This show has become a favourite in our household and the DVD gets played daily. I would recommend this to parents of young children wanting a fun show that is educational but entertaining at the same time. We look forward to buying more in the series to see what other situations that Blaze and the Monster Machines will conquer.
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