I can clearly recall watching the Teletubbies back in Peru quite a few years ago with my niece when she was just one year old. She would wake up super early between 6 and 7 am which for me at the time still felt like night time (I was in my twenties). I used to wake up way later than that, lol. Anyway, the Teletubbies were my niece’s favourite program. As soon as it was on, her expression transformed to one of happiness. It was such a joy to see her so excited. I remember saying to my myself, “The day I have my own kids I would love to watch this program with them and feel the same joy”. Here we are, about 15 years later and I can now experience it with my own daughters – and it feels great! 🙂
Teletubbies has been relaunched this year with a brand new series featuring the same loveable characters as the original one but has been refreshed to bring a more contemporary look and feel to it. The series is designed to help young children develop their physical, emotional and cognitive skills in a warm, loving, playful environment. It’s about exploring, experimenting, experiencing and enjoyment.
The series is aimed at children aged between 1 and 3 years old, perfect for my youngest daughter Sienna who is 22 months. Although aimed at younger children, it is also quite watchable for older kids like my eldest daughter Bella who is 6 years old and still enjoys watching it too.
The show airs at 7 am every weekday on CBeebies which is the time when my lovely little risers like to have their breakfast. Sienna loves watching it whilst eating her cereal next to Bella who usually finds a comfy spot also on her bean bag.
Now that Sienna wants to watch Teletubbies more often, we use the BBC iPlayer from the TV or from Bella’s iPad to watch more episodes together. It was so beautiful to see them watching the program together – it makes my heart melt every time! Sienna is really quite engaged with the characters now. I don’t think she has a favourite yet but she does like to repeat the names that are sung in the introduction. The one that she manages to repeat better is laa laa.
Sienna really loves this program. The characters are are all so bubbly, cheerful, happy and very likeable. The bright colours are very attractive for Sienna as that captivates her attention a lot. The main characters are Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. They also have Noo Noo, Tubby Custard Ride, the Tubby Phone and the super cute Tiddlytubbies.
Tinky Winky is purple, the biggest Teletubby and almost always goes first. Dipsy is green, fun, loves dancing and bouncing on his bottom. Laa Laa is bright yellow, the performer. She loves to sing and dance. Finally we have Po who is cute, red and little. She likes to fly on her scooter!
Noo Noo is a much loved companion of the Teletubbies, the Noo-noo is fantastic at cleaning up. Tubby Custard Ride, is a fantastically fun way to make Tubby Custard. It can get very messy. The Tubby Phone is a brand new smart phone with a touch screen and a typical ring which can be heard by the Teletubbies even when they’re playing outside.
The Tiddlytubbies are eight smaller Teletubbies! They have their own individual colours and characters: Daa Daa is green and loves zooming about on the back of a ride-on Tiddlynoo. Umby Pumby is yellow and is the sleepy Tiddlytubby. Baa is a deep blue colour and is a noisy Tiddlytubby who sings, claps and likes music. Ping is bright violet and pops up to surprise people with a “ping” (“BOO!”). RuRu is orange, giggly and loves doing roly-polies. Duggle Dee is a deep red colour and is Nin’s best friend. Mi-Mi is turquoise, a brave character and always does things first. Finally, Nin is purple and is Duggle Dee’s best friend.
The Sun Baby is 18-month old baby Berry from London who plays the part of the new Sun Baby and takes over the role made famous by Jess Smith, in the original series. The much loved and iconic face in the sun forms an integral part of the children’s engagement with the show, featuring in every episode. Sienna really likes the Sun Baby. She alway says, “baby” every time it appears.
We also enjoyed watching the part of the The Tummy TV clips because they show our kids how other toddlers and preschoolers interact and do different activities so our kids identify with them. Siena really likes this section of the show and finds it fascinating to watch.
As a parent, I really love that this program not only entertains my girls and excites them but also because they teach my girls different developmental benefits such as: getting on with others, laughing, communicating & expressing themselves, listening & responding, knowing & understanding, finding a voice, exploring, being themselves, being active and coordination. Lots of benefits! Fantastic right?
Were you a fan of the Teletubbies, when it first started 19 years ago? Have you seen the new Teletubbies series? What do you think of it? Do your kids watch it? Do they like it? Leave me a comment below as I would love to hear what you think.
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