Why do My Kids love the Octonauts so much?

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Never, has a children’s television series captured the imagination of my children more.

“Get ready before the Octonauts start,” has been a wonderful motivator on a school morning. HA! As the familiar music begins, I hear their voices chime in.








Why I like it

What I like most about The Octonauts is it lights up my children’s imagination. It’s like I can see the creative sparks flying; quite remarkable really.    Below are some of the things I’ve noticed:

  • My children laugh and interact with the characters 
  • It translates into their imaginative play times
  • My children often draw and recreate scenes on paper
  • They learn about the ocean, sea animals and looking after the environment.
  • Our family loves to explore the outdoors, and look for ways to make connections with what we see around us. Many an Octonaut fact has helped us do this.

I don’t know what they are doing behind this program, because Turnip creatures like this seem weird, but it totally works!

Tunip Vegimal


The television series is based on the richly imaginative books by the award-winning design team, Meomi. Below are some of the educational benefits:

  • Octonauts encourages a creative and active imagination through the use of vibrant animated underwater worlds and seascapes.
  • Octonauts promotes the importance of team work and a sense of community as they key characters work together on each adventure.
  • Octonauts educates children about the world around them and specifically marine life. The show provides facts about different sea creatures, their habits and rituals and fosters a sens of caring for our fragile environment.

The Octonauts on DVD

meet the octonauts dvdMeet the Octonauts is now available on DVD

RRP $19.95

Running time: 77 mins

Octonauts follows a team of animated adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. In a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures and explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the Octopod.

Buoyed by the companionship of three leading characters — Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin — the Octonauts are always ready to embark on an exciting new mission!


You have to be quick here, but I have a fun giveaway. It’s “first in best dressed”. Just leave a comment below. I’m giving away 5 prizes:

1. Octonauts Swim Bag, Meet the Octonauts DVD and Octonauts and the Whale Shark book

2. Meet the Octonauts DVD and Octonauts and the Decorator Crab

3. Meet the Octonauts DVD and Octonauts and the Giant Squid

4. Meet the Octonauts DVD

5. Meet the Octonauts DVD


1. Australian residents only

2. First 5 comments will receive the prize in order.

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Roadshow Entertainment Australia gave my family a complimentary Octonaut DVD (which I totally wanted — HA!). I was not paid for this review and all views are my own. Read more in my disclosure statement

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Alisha Luxford says

    Hi, our kids adore the Octonauts too!

    But, I don’t understand what you have to do for the give away. Sorry! xo

  2. Milika says

    I caught the Octonauts for the first time when hanging with the nieces and nephews in the school holidays. It was surprisingly good.
    Looking forward to sharing a DVD with them.

  3. michelle steen says

    My 2 and 3 yr old girls ADORE octonauts and so do i!! i watch it with them everyday, welearn about the marine life and environment which i think is VITALLY important for our future generations, my kids adore the characters so much to as i do! :) <3

  4. Michelle says

    Oh, I think I was a little too late.
    It’s when we are at the park and the kids are running around yelling “Octonauts: To the launch pad!!!”

  5. Tiani says

    I think I’m far too late to get a prize but my daughter (3) and husband LOVe watching the octonauts together, they often play octonaut related games in the bath or paddling pool too!

  6. Louise says

    Octonauts is a great show, Educational, Entertaining and they use big words (not baby words like some shows).
    And the tech head in me loves the animations, they are well done and look good! They actually look like they are running/swimming, easy to watch without cringing lol

  7. Jennifer Ebbage says

    my girls LOVE the octonauts! I agree, not sure what they are doing behind the scenes, but they are hitting the nail on the head which makes the kids think so creatively and imaginatively!

    And easy for parents to have on in the background, unlike many of the other shows they think are worthy of airing!!! (won’t mention those I can’t deal with, but my kids know which ones and they turn the TV off when these shows come on!!)

  8. Stacey says

    I often catch my kids (4 and 3) in the backyard role playing Octonauts. They have even managed to get the next door neighbours kids (twins 8) into the game.. I have always said I can’t put my finger on what has got the kids so excited over the show.. something just works

  9. says

    My kids LOVE the Octonauts! Owen is often quoting facts from the show and we have been known to Google something that he wants to know more about. That makes in an ‘anytime you like’ show for me :)

  10. Kristie says

    Mr 3 Loves Octonauts, he comes running to me wherever i am in the house (including trying to settle the baby) to tell me at the top of his voice OCTONAUTS ARE ON MUMMY COME WATCH!!!!

    HAHA it’s just gorgeous, his favourite episode is the vampire squid, as he keeps trying to say vampire, but it comes out sounding like burnfire

  11. Meredith says

    My boy loves it too and quit often stuns his teachers (none of whom have young kids obviously) with his knowledge… before Octonauts how many 4 year olds could identify a Narwhale? The one problem we have with the books is the characters aren’t listed in the ‘correct’ order, so Dad and I get into trouble for not reading them in the right order… 😉

  12. Tara Martin says

    Looks like I’m too late for a prize, but just thought I would say that my little boys are also inspired by this informative show. I started recording it on T-box and now use it in our family reward program love when my son randomly tells me a fact about lemon sharks. I cheer “well done Octonauts”

  13. Natalie Dos Santos says

    Looks like I’m too late too. But just wanted to add how much my little boy loves the Octonauts too. We’ve had tears in the living room as they’ve recently taken off daily screening. He stood with his hands on his hips and stated ” No Octonauts! This is widiculus”.

  14. says

    My girls absolutely love the Octonauts, lol, as soon as they hear the music they start singing their littl heads off, even thought they sing the wrong words. My only thing is the confusion between some of the characters, like really should they be eating each other lol, like the rabbit and the turmip looking things?

  15. Jennya Jarrett says

    Please pick me!!! I want to be a fun Grand Mum, as my 2 1/2yr Grandson is experiencing his first milestone of interacting with the characters & situations he s watching, these cute little guys.
    So wonderful to see him learning and enjoying the Octonauts.
    Thank you : )

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