Monday, July 11, 2011
TV time and a new 'non-annoying' show
I'm very, very picky about what my 2.5 year-old daughter, Abbey, watches on TV.
There are specific criteria for shows I approve for her: there must be some educational element, definitely no presenters who 'talk down' to kids, and very importantly it must not be too annoying for me (which rules out a lot!).
I haven't tried to find too many shows, though, as we also have strict limits on TV time (she can watch one show or, on occasion, one movie per day - maximum).
And so we haven't come across the CBeebies channel - until now.
The second series of the new CBeebies show, Get Squiggling, was a hit with Abbey. Squiglet lives in a white world, but it doesn't stay that way for long. He draws lots of pictures, which come to life and make life fun, with a new character in each episode.
The show features a combination of animation, and real children (in different segments), talking and singing, which keeps kids interested and learning. Learning? I hear you ask. How? Squiglet's drawings come in the form of mini-tutorials, explaining how to draw various simple shapes and lines. Along the way, they encourage viewers (it's aimed at preschool age children) to grab some paper and 'squiggle sticks' (pencils) and join in - a great way to use television as a more interactive form of entertainment.
Abbey did just that:
Abbey drew her way through each show, thrilled with herself at each effort.
And I'm happy to have found another show that's high quality and geared thoughtfully towards her age group. Best of all, it meets all my criteria - educational, smart, 'non-annoying', and short.
It's a win/win really.
Get Squiggling will air on the Foxtel/Austar CBeebies channel on weekdays at 8.30am, from July 4. Find out more on their website.
Are you a CBeebies fan? What's your favourite show of theirs? If not, what shows do and don't you allow your kids to watch?
[Disclaimer - I am being paid by Kidspot to write this post in order to promote CBeebies Get Squiggling. However, my views are not bought - everything I have written is my own opinion.]
Posted at 6:14 AM