Our house-hold is very big on CBeebies. We don’t have sky, Disney channels and the like. I really don’t see the need when the BBC do it so darn well. There are no characters with attitude, no bad behaviours to copy however innocent it can seem, and – a bit of a geeky Mum comment here – with pretty much every programme, you learn something.
So we were thrilled to be invited along to the CBeebies headquarters to preview something top secret, followed by a tour around the new set of Show Me Show Me. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s very much a modern version of my old favourite, Playschool. Gibby loves Show Me Show Me, and especially one of the presenters, Pui.)
What a day we had! Grace met Cat, one of the presenters who was every inch as nice as she seems.
“I seen you on my telly!”
And the top secret product was revealed . . .
CBeebies have an App! Yey! In the sea of durge that is free apps for preschoolers, we can add one of rare quality to the list. It’s fab, and includes some lovely games based on firm favourites. Little ones customise their own hot air balloon and collect Cbeebies bugs by trying all the different games. they can decorate Mr Tumble’s bow tie or Aunt Polly’s handbag, spell with the Alphablocks, or speed along, tilting the device to collect berries as Tree Fu Tom, to name just a few. Grace got into a very in-depth chat with one of the games designers whilst trying it out. Her favourite game was using her voice to call an Orca to her on the Octonaughts game. (Must admit – I rather liked that one too.)
There was no frustration and temper tantrums as we can often get with our ipad games, as she was genuinely able to play them all to a good standard. These guys are so good at really understanding the mindset of a little one.
The CBeebies App is available on iPad and other tablets. It’s honestly great fun, and whether you watch the shows or not, the games are fantastic in their own right.
And our personal highlight of the day? Well the new set of Show Me Show Me blew us away! It looked blummin fantastic, and to get the chance to watch the presenters at work just highlighted how much effort and talent is involved in making the shows. My little girl making a run for Pui and saying “I love you Pui” will stay with me forever. (No offence Chris!)
What a wonderful affect the right kind of programmes can have on our little ones.
So thank you CBeebies, for letting our little one be a part of something special!
(See what I did there?!)