The May school half-term holiday certainly was a mix of sunshine followed by a downpour of rain! Thankfully, this DVD of twelve much-loved episodes of CBeebies programmes did the trick when we were stuck inside.
Scarlett, who was four in March, adored this DVD as it contained all her favourites, including The Furchester Hotel and Topsy & Tim. And Tristan, despite turning 7 next month, enjoyed the simplicity of Teletubbies and the hilarity of watching the Twirlywoos trying to escape from a bathroom!
This DVD is over 2 hours long, with the following episodes
Teletubbies: Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they explore Home Dome and the magical countryside of Teletubbylabnd through play. In 'New Toy' the children in Tummy Tales play a game of pass the parce and win a surprise toy, while the Dup Dup delivers toys for the Teletubbies to play with. Even Noo-Noo enjoys a new treat
Twirlywoos: The Twirlywoos comes from far away, seeking adventures wherever they go. Join Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick for their adventures on The Big Red Boat. In 'Coming and Going', the Twirlywoos watch a man as he runs a bath. They want to leave their hiding place to investigate, but the man keeps coming back! This episode is linked to the going back and forth schema (a schema is the patterns children follow to develop their own ideas).
In The Night Garden: Share in the magical Night Garden world with Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends. In 'Look At What The Ball Did', the ball bounces all over the garden. It accidentally knocks over Makka Pakka's pile of stones, so Makka Pakka rebuilds it and tries to protect it.
Peter Rabbit: Beatrix Potter's wonderful stories have charmed and entertained children for generations. Now fans can enjoy the brand new adventures of her timeless children's classic Peter Rabbit from the new animated series. In 'The One That Got Away', when Peter and his friends encounter the legendary "Jack Sharp", a large trout that even Peter's father failed to catch, they try to reel the fish in once and for all. But catching a fish is a lot harder than it looks.
Topsy and Tim: Inspired by the books by Jean and Gareth Adamson, Topsy and Tom, is a live action drama inspired by the small stuff in little people's lives. In 'New Pet', Topsy and Tim love caring for their new pet rabbit but struggle to agree on his name. When they notice how wriggly his nose is, they know just what to call him!
Mike the Knight: Mike is an energetic, cheeky yet bountiful young knight-in-training, driven by his passion to help others and, along the way, be the best knight his can be. In 'Hidden Garden Games' when Mike, Evie and the Queen have a competition in the Hidden Garden, Mike learns that it's good to let everyone have a turn to play, and it's even better when everyone plays together!
The Furchester Hotel: The Furchester Hotel is an 'almost' world-class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters. The series introduces brand new characters and also welcomes the beloved Elmo and Cooking Monster from Sesama Street. In 'Furchester on Wheels' Funella overhears the tortoise guests say the hotel service is slow, slow, slow. She is determined to make it fast, fast, fast.
Octonauts: Join Captain Barnacles and crew on their animated underwater adventures. In 'Mimic Octopus', Peso is gathering red algae to cure the sick vegimals but needs the help of a Mimic Octopus to scare off a Moray eel, who uses its striped tentacles to pretend to be a group of poisonous sea snakes.
Q Pootle 5: Join Pootle and his friends on the planet Okidoki. Pootle and Oopsy travel to a distant special crater which produces huge bubbles. They have a great time until a large bubble envelopes Pootle's spaceship and floats off with it. Now Pootle and Oopsy are stranded on the other side of Okidoki unless
they can think of a way of getting home.
Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave: Join in the fun with Hatty, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave as they go on magical adventures. In 'A Birthday Party Adventure', Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave celebrate Hatty's birthday by playing all his favourite party games. They also find him a surprise birthday gift along the way.
Chuggington: Take to the rails with the Chuggineers. In 'Koko's Puppy Training', Koko finds a lost puppy and wants to keep it, but she realises a little girl is looking for the puppy and decides that she needs to take him home.
Cloudbabies: Who looks after the sky? The Cloudbabies do! In 'Rain, Rain, Rain' the rain has kept the Cloudbabies inside and Bobo White is bored. Baba Yellow suggests they play a game of 'Favourite Things'.
This is a really sweet DVD, that will keep the kiddiwinks entertained with all their favourite programmes all on one disc.
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So, what is your family's favourite CBeebies programme?
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