Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Win a CBeebies Playtime or Peter Rabbit DVD

Like most toddlers, Ethan is a fan of CBeebies. We don't have it on all that often, and he certainly doesn't just sit there watching show after show and doing nothing else (he can't sit still that long!), but it is a favourite television option in our house.

I grew up with CBBC and I really do like the variety of shows that CBeebies has - and my three year old couldn't agree more.

There's something about CBeebies programmes that make you feel a bit better about having the TV, you know? I often feel that mum guilt over 'oh no, he's watching to much TV!' and when out and about, I almost feel I have to publicly appear apologetic if the iPad comes out to help keep Ethan entertained. Again, it's not a huge habit but most parents will agree that iPads are parenting saviours (it was the only way we got through a long Indian wedding ceremony last year!), despite the fact that there's so much attention around how much screen time little ones have.

Anyways, I digress! My point is that with CBeebies, you know they are trying to balance fun and entertainment with learning and from a really young age, Ethan has been responsive and engaged with a few of the programmes.

Mr Tumble has been a favourite since the beginning, he loves Mike the Knight, wants to be part of Swashbuckle (regularly singing the song to us) and enjoys other shows like Furchester Hotel, because of the bright colours and fun characters. Oh, and Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, Chuggington...

He also seems to be on board with In the Night Garden, but the less said about that...


Just in time for his birthday, Ethan received a CBeebies Playtime DVD from Abbey Home Media and within seconds of the postman dropping it through our letterbox, it was opened and put on our TV. When asked which show he wanted to watch first, he pointed at one then another, and carried on until he had pointed out each of the shows on the cover.

Great, I just chose 'play all' and we had a happy birthday boy in no time!

Here's a rundown of what's on the DVD:

Fans of CBeebies will love this unique collection of some of the very best of children’s television which features TeletubbiesTM, TwirlywoosTM, In The Night GardenTM, Peter RabbitTM, Topsy & TimTM, Mike the KnightTM, The Furchester HotelTM,OctonautsTM , Q Pootle 5TM, Ruff–Ruff, Tweet and DaveTM, ChuggingtonTM, and CloudbabiesTM.

The collection also features the first episode to appear on DVD of the brand new version of Teletubbies, which premiered on CBeebies in 2015.

This special DVD collection CBeebies Playtime is a great way of entertaining young children with its familiar, well-loved characters and diverse range of fun and engaging programming.


The collection features the following episodes:-

Teletubbies – Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they exploreHome Dome and the magical countryside of Teletubbyland through play.  In New Toy the children in Tummy Tales play a game of pass the parcel 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 - Twirlywoos come from far away, seeking adventure 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 Tim, 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 wiggly 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 he 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 Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. In Furchester on Wheels Funella overhears the tortoise guests say thehotelservice 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 enormous bubbles. They have a great time until a large bubble envelops 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 Daveas they go on magical adventures. In A Birthday Party Adventure Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave celebrate Hatty's birthday by playing all of 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 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 today and Bobo White is bored. Baba Yellow suggests they play a game of 'Favourite Things'

With more than two hours of programmes to enjoy, and priced at just £7.99, it's well worth it and Ethan can enjoy his Cbeebies favourites, even after the goodnight song has ended.

I have a copy of Cbeebies Playtime on DVD to offer a lovely, lucky reader so if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, simply enter below...

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Also, my lucky little man added another new DVD to his growing collection - the latest Peter Rabbit tale! I've written before about my love of Beatrix Potter when I was young and Ethan already has the old series, but is now the proud owner of Peter Rabbit – The Tale of the Great Breakout too (also RRP £7.99).

There's six stories on the DVD and if the theme tune doesn't get you you're little ones excited, then I don't know what will.

Here's what it's all about:

When Mr. McGregor captures the whole squirrel tribe in his garden, Peter must stage a mass break out to save his friends.  Follow our hero Peter and his friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail on their adventures and quest to save the day, overcoming obstacles and outsmarting predators, all the while finding fun and excitement in the most unexpected places. 

With a taste for radishes and a thirst for adventure Peter Rabbit is the lovable and extraordinary friend you longed to hang out with when you were a kid. But when the chips are down and danger lurks, there’s no better friend to have around than Peter and his boundless courage will always see him through. Peter has an infectious enthusiasm for life and is also an irrepressible optimist. He is cool under pressure and his quick-witted mind is as nimble as his super-fast legs.  


What was particularly nice about this was the height chart that comes with it - Ethan couldn't wait to see who he was as tall as!

So, if you have a Peter Rabbit fan in the house, enter my competition below to have the chance of winning the DVD for yourself...

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