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For The Children – A First in Children’s Television

On Saturday 24th April 1937, those children lucky enough to have access to a television screen welcomed For The Children, a first for BBC broadcasting with series of 10 minute shows specifically designed with children’s entertainment in mind, a highlight of the weekend with the show broadcast at 3pm every Saturday.

 

Along with the presenters children enjoyed various acts, songs, stories and puppets, and the show was a huge hit.  Sadly with the outbreak of war its production was halted but the BBC bought it back to our screens in 1946, with a new time slot of Sunday afternoon and a show that was now twice as long and which proved as popular as ever.

 

Whilst we may not remember the show, it did provide the stage for the debut performance of Muffin the Mule who appeared together with Annette Mills in October the same year.  Following the success of his appearance, further puppet characters were developed to feature in the shows and these included Mr Peregrine the Penguin, Monty the Monkey, Oswald the Ostrich, Prudence the Kitten and Sally the Sea Lion.

 

Muffin went on to appear in his own programme, with live performances broadcast from 1946 to 1955, featuring his famous theme tune “We Want Muffin”. Having transferred to ITV in 1956, 2005 saw Muffin again appear in a BBC series, this time in animation form.

 

1950 saw the final broadcast of the popular pioneering series For The Children, paving the way for future productions such as Watch with Mother.  What is interesting is that nearly 80 years on since that first broadcast on a Saturday afternoon, our little ones tastes haven’t really changed that much in that their attention is still grabbed and imagination fired up by lovable characters and lively presenters, singing and dancing and indeed puppet acts, all of which feature in today’s children’s television productions.  For a trip down memory lane, take a look at the BBC’s Website and the nostalgic images of children’s television programmes through the years including Playschool and Blue Peter.

 

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The Norfolk Bump, Baby and Toddler Show – 6th April 2014

Held at the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia, this was the third Norfolk Bump, Baby and Toddler Show and a chance for visitors to try before they buy on a range of goods from pregnancy through to 5 years.  Over 100 exhibitors took part at the popular event including:

 

  • Babygrow Keepsakes, offering a chance for parents to turn a precious babygrow into a cute stuffed animal, providing a treasured keepsake from their baby’s early wardrobe.

 

  • Doddles who provide art and craft themed workshops and parties were on hand with an opportunity for little ones to create a masterpiece with free taster sessions at the show.

 

  • Motherleylove showcased their range of natural oils for mums to be, allowing for pampering and relaxation during pregnancy and beyond, with Bouncing Baby Natural Massage Oil ideal for use when soothing your baby with a comforting massage.

 

  • Tiny Talk who run singing and signing classes for babies and toddlers were demonstrating the benefits their sensory classes can have on little ones, with instruments, bubbles, scarves and sensory balls used with action songs and nursery rhymes to help with communication and language skills, as well as a fun and relaxing chance for parents to meet up.

 

  • Baby Leek gave us a range of pramsuits and jackets compete with zippable sleeves, enabling parents to dress little wrigglers without the usual struggle when getting ready to go out. For those looking to get active with their little ones, Tiny Soccer Stars, Mini Monkey Gym and Water Babies were also in attendance.

 

Helpful advice and guidance was the focus of events held throughout the day including talks on Hypnobirthing, Baby Led Weaning and Baby Sleep.  A fashion show including Mummy & Millies Boutique, Coccolino and Krisella Kids was also held for the latest outfit ideas for little wardrobes.

The 2D dance company were on hand to finish the afternoon’s events, taking to the stage with dancing sessions for the little ones to enjoy and take part in.

 

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Global Children’s Day Celebrations

There are many countries celebrating Children’s Day in April, we take a moment to look at the special ways in which countries honour and celebrate the lives of their children.
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Happy Anniversary Teletubbies

Teletubbies

On this day in 1997, the first episode of Teletubbies was screened which became an instant hit with our little ones.  The Teletubbies series brought us the lovable, colourful and curious characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po together with Noo-noo, and of course the adorable giggly baby which featured in the Sun at the start of each day.

The successful BBC series featured 365 episodes and was originally narrated by Tim Whitnall, and also included voiceovers from Toyah Wilcox and Eric Sykes, with CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee playing the part of Po, the smallest of the Teletubbies.  The endearing characters and the whimsical nature of the production immediately appealed to those of a pre-school age and older, and also provided an educational element with the repetition of certain tasks in each episode and also through the short programmes which were shown on the characters screens featuring real children.

Such was the success of the series, the work of Ragdoll Creations, that it won a BAFTA in 1998 and a Children’s BAFTA in 2002.  Teletubbies also enjoyed extensive international success, becoming a hit in America as well as here, and a vast array of merchandise featuring the children’s favourites followed and even a No1 in the charts, a song which we can all recall.

In 2007, 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Teletubbies included appearances in Times Square, as well as on the Today Show, and a European tour also followed.  The high profile of the children’s favourites also supported fundraising events in New York which in collaboration with American designer Isaac Mizrahi saw teletubby bags and new clothing ranges sold to benefit children’s charities.

Although the original series only ran until January 2001, repeats of the show continued to be enjoyed for many years both in the UK and USA.  Teletubbies proved a winning formula, which would be followed in later years by In the Night Garden, which again was created by Andrew Davenport and Anne Wood of Ragdoll Creations, and amazingly proved another instant hit.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Published by in Seasonal on March 26th, 2014

Mothers DayIt’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and a great opportunity for little ones to make something special for their Mums, and even Nans and Grandmas.  Whether it’s baking something special or getting creative with the craft box, here are a few ideas to help make for a special day.

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Happy Children’s Day – Bangladesh