I really want to thank this channel.. it is included on sfreeview or basic sky/virgin media package.
It is themed to whatever time of day it is and alot of songs!! Morning.. all morning and jumpy songs.. by night.. quiet nightime songs that makes my son sleepy!
Every programme is very colourful.. big pictures- easy for him to focus and include cartoon characters along with real people.
The channel is designed for under 6's, but im 20 and get hooked to most of the characters: Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy & Macka Packa from In The Night Garden, Waybuloo, and even classics like Bill & Ben, Bob the Buider & Tweenies. Most of these characters can be bought as toys or teddys, so he can recognise the characters.
The channel also caters for children in a learning way: cooking & alphabet etc, the presenters play games and sing songs.. some that are pretty catchy! And for the older children, can go online and play games, colour in & enter competitions!!
My son can sit and watch it all day every day.. and is very entertained by the colours & big pictures, even puts him to sleep by the songs.
Such a wide variety of programmes on this channel its UNTRUE!
A website that is giving out info on the kids channel cbeebies and is aimed at kids aged six and under. The website is a way to check out info on the listings for the day . It has seven icons on the website the first one is home basically telling you what cbeebies is. The other icon is play games allowing kids to play games on the cbeebies site. It is fun for kids and also keeps them busy.
Also the more noisy icon is song time for all your kids favourite cbeebies songs like postman pat and bob the builder and many more. It is good for your kid as it make me laugh watcing them sing and dance just so much fun watching that alone. It also has a storytime to which is good for when your kid is getting ready to go for a nap or bed. I can also watch and listen to the shows online but I do not use this facalitiy as I have the cbeebies channel. It is good to catch up on all your favourite cbeebies charcters and also it has some competitions and you can meet he presenters and it is a useful wee site for kids.
cbeebies is a satellite channel aimed solely at young children, it is on at 614 on sky and 702 through a virgin box. The channel is presented by four presenters, though not at the same time, who introduce the programmes throughout the day, the show ends with bedtime hour and finishes with a story at 7pm.
They do a little one-two minute piece before each show, yes it's a bit cheesy if your watching the programme as an adult but they do link the programmes together. They also do birthday time twice a day, and have little dance routine every morning at 7.55.
Bedtime hour between 6 and 7 features waybuloo and In the Night Garden, these are cbeebies most popular programmes based on my 18 months old devotion to them. Programmes start at 6 am and have such shows as Charlie and Lola, balamoray, I can cook, chuggington, Bob the Builder.
Basically the channel is filled with either cartoon based programmes or shows fronted by a presenter. Cartoons are like Chuggington which is a modern version of Thomas the Tank Engine, fronted shows are I can cook, Nina and the Neurons, Mister maker, they all interact with the kids showign them how to make things.
You know when a channel is starting to take over when you find yourself humming the theme tune to Timmy the Sheep during the day.
The programmes are bright interactive and children seem to love them, the programmes have no logic or sense to them but as long as they are bright and loud then it doesn't seem to matter.
The presenters appear to enjoy their job and introduce the shows well, they also pepper the day with songs, chat, birthday cards, and occassionally characters from other tv programmes pop in.
Mr. Tumble played by Justin Fletcher is either a programme made by a genius or it's really rubbish, he's a clown who gets into scrapes. I used to see his poster in Sheffield station and wonder who this slightly overweight man in a bright yellow coat was, now I can't get away from him. However, he does teach children sign language as he goes about his business.
cBeebies has slowly taken over our tv, our eighteen month loves the channel and will stand in front of it imitating the dances and loves Chuggington because he's obsessed with trains.
My son is 4 years old and can navigate the Cbeebies website with ease.
I know it is much better to sit with your child and play or draw etc but in this life there isn't always time to do this everyday. If given the choice I'd prefer my son going onto the website over watching the channel on tv. Some of the programmes teach them nothing apart from what a ninky nonk is or who Iggle piggle is that can't speak properly.
I dont mind my son going on this website for certain periods of time.
The website covers all the childrens tv programmes that they show past and present. The entire website is interactive.
They are able to click on the relevant programme and can then choose to play a game, Make & colour section, Go to song time part, Story time or watch and listen.
All programmes have different games to play and honestly my son can play some of them better then I can. The variety is good, I noticed games which revolve around colours, numbers or letters. All helping them to learn.
My son like the colouring parts especially Chuggington trains. They can print out and colour in or colour in the pictures using screen painting and then print it out.
The song and story parts are simply listening to a programme of their choice or sing along to the songs. There is also a link to bbc i player so they can watch programmes they may have missed on the tv.
Another of my sons favourites is Mister maker. It lets you do an on screen picture using bits and bobs. Mister Maker then appears on screen seeming to be looking at the child's creation saying wow that's really good etc. A child is very taken in by something like this and believes he is really appearing to speak to them.
A warning about letting a child go online to this or any other website is make sure you have certain sites locked or parental access only. My son can turn on the pc, get onto the internet and find his cbeebies website and I know a few days ago I looked around to see him browsing trains on ebay. Before I know it I'll have parcels arriving that I didn't order lol. But seriously make sure you know your child's capabilities.
Cbeebies website is a fantastic online resource for early years children up to the age of approximately 6 years of age. It has a great range of games supporting the early years foundation stage and incorporating a range of cbeebies favourites from Teletubbies to Kerwhizz. I would encourage parent's to play alongside their children, however older children are able to complete simple programmes independently. Children can also click on clear icons for example games, songs or activities to select the sorts of activities they would like to engage in. There are plenty of opportunities to print out certificates, puzzles and crafts to complete for example mobiles, finger puppets etc.
There are also a range of parent orientated information icons which are very informative. Games encourage hand/eye co-ordination, following simple instructions etc, some need the mouse whilst others use the arrow keys and space bar. It is easily accessible from the www.bbc.co.uk website.
The Cbeebies site is the online content for the Cbeebies channel which is aimed at 6 years and under. The channel has regular programming and many of the favourite programmes have online links which children enjoy exploring.
The Cbeebies site has recently undergone a transformation
"After months of careful research, development and design the new-look CBeebies website has launched! We hope you agree that the website now offers a more playful and fun experience for children while still providing the best games and interaction with their favourite shows and characters." (Taken from the Grown-ups section on www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies)
However what seems to have been overlooked is the age range of children using their site. Many of the pages are now arranged alphabetically and require going through an index of first letters, something which three year olds will not be able to understand, whilst many 6 year olds do not understand the use of the index. The previous incarnation of the site was far simpler and children could be left to explore it and feel grown up by being able to navigate without assistance. From my experience with three to six year olds, they now struggle to find any content beyond the initial pages. They don't understand why they can't find their favourite activities (such as Charlie and Lola) because they don't know they have to first click on "C".
They have also taken away many of the older games, which children enjoyed and removed the "full screen" option for games, which seems rather ridiculous, especially for those using smaller monitors (including laptops).
To me this does not appear to have been well researched. I used to find the Cbeebies website useful and informative and the children I care for enjoyed its ease of navigation. Hopefully after a while the older children will get used to the new design, though many younger users will still not be able to navigate beyond the first page.
My daughter absolutely loves CBeebies and now that she is coming up to two years of age I thought I would show her the CBeebies website as she loves sitting at the computer and watching mummy work. Straight away she recognized the CBeebies images and colours and got, if possible, more excited than watching the channel on the television.
Cbeebies is a channel produced by the BBC for preschool children. It is quite a new channel, opening its doors so to speak in February 2002 on both sky and freeview with a short appearance in the afternoons and mornings on BBC1 and BBC2. Due to its popularity and the move forward in modern day life, CBeebies has now been put on the web to the immense enjoyment of many children. Here, not only can the children catch up with their favourite characters, play games and have all round fun, adults can check all the information not on the channel.
On first glimpse of the site, you are met with the recognizable colours and logo of CBeebies, the main colours painted in light blues and yellows. There is a list of links down the left hand side, all laid out in both an eye catching way and easy for young children to read and navigate. The main part of the home page changes depending on what is happening in the CBeebies world. At time of writing there are six sections, all brightly coloured and very eye catching. The first is a large interactive box showing six different things in a slide show formation that are happening now on CBeebies such as the Autumn song and cooking recipies from 'I can Cook'. Next to this is a large box with a few CBeebies characters, linked to each of the character pages. Although this link is also on the left hand side of the homepage, this section makes it even easier for children to click on. Under these two boxes are a few smaller boxes, still brightly coloured and laid out in a fun way. One is a similar stationary link with images from 'I can cook' which seems to be promoted a lot at the moment on the site, possibly as it's the newer programme on the channel, and under that another similar section linking to information for 'grown ups'. Next to these two sections is a middle sized box with links to the CBeebies iplayer and radio with a search section below that.
As I have already mentioned, navigation to and from all the different sections of the website is very easy for children as well as adults. Below are the sections available on the website;
This section is less brightly coloured than the rest of the website, appealing more to the sensible adult nature (not me then!!) though still does have the same duller coloured theme of blues and yellows though it is not as in your face as the rest. The homepage for this section is laid out rather like the main homepage with sections for different things they are promoting, and lonks both in these sections and to the left hand side.
Here adults are able to read in depth writings on each of the different programmes with a full A-Z list and information of all the current programmes. Each programme has different signs and logos showing clearly what each programme contains (ie: imagination, active fun) as well as an average rating from other parents. On certain information pages there are also parts for adults to learn what their children are learning. For example, on the 'Waybuloo' page, you are able to see different yogo poses that are taught in the programme so you can help your child with them and even better, so you don't look as though you know nothing in front of your child! You are also able to read interviews from all the presenters plus some other famous names who have appeared on the shows.
There is a whole large section of help for adults, talking parents through how children learn and giving some creative and fun ideas. I have read through quite a bit of these sections and some parts are quite amazing, bringing ideas out that you may never have thought of. It breaks it down into different sub-sections of numeracy, imagination, literature etc and even has a whole section helping parents to be with pregnancy and babies early developments. The most recent parts I have read was to help with preparing my daughter for preschool and also what to look out for in schools and nurseries. The information on these pages are in depth though are not boring to read in the slightest. Every section, sub-section and further sub-sub-sections cover everything you can imagine and are really helpful and not in the slightest condescending. It is probably one of the best information sites for adults and their children that I have come across.
In the adult section there is also many downloads available, some of which I have tried and have had no problems downloading safely. Certain downloads include games which can be played offline which comes in handy if you have a spare computer you don't want your child getting online on, or if you are on dial up. Other downloads include birthday party invitation, height charts, reward charts etc, all comprising of characters from the programmes. Although I haven't downloaded and tried it yet, there is a Balamory book to download which children can fill out and make which looks great.
There is also a very simple message board in forum type layout for adults to chat to other adults about both CBeebies programmes itself and also any concerns and questions they have of being a parent. Here you have to sign up specially for though the sign up is very quick and simple asking only information specifically needed such as username and password, no need for personal information to be included. As I said, this chat board is very simple and is not laid out the greatest, the discussions being in order of most recent with no section names so you may probably miss many discussions, though other than this it is great.
Overall, although the CBeebies website is aimed at the children, this whole adult section is great and helps parents understand their child better and keep an eye on what they are subjected to both online and on the channel.
The rest of the site is aimed at children, though of course adults may want to share the fun too! I personally love getting some of the craft ideas and spending time getting messy with glue paper and glitter with my daughter and sometimes wonder who is actually having the most fun!
There are numerous sections for the children, all labeled clearly to help slightly older children play and surf themselves, though as my daughter is just turning two, she can not unfortunately do many of the things on her own yet, though still has a lot of enjoyment playing around with me.
Under this section you will find loads, and I mean loads, of little images on all the CBeebies characters, all linking to further fun and games around that specific character and programme. By clicking on these images you are taken to different pages full of that one programme and/or character, each different page set out differently, though all brightly coloured and easy to navigate. Each page is easily recognizable to the child with popular images and colours and some inventive games and craft ideas as well as music and videos.
Fun and Games
This section is rather like the character section with images promoting links of each character/programme which links straight to the games page of each of the different pages. You are able to navigate around the whole of the fun on each page through all these different links. Not all character/programme pages have fun and games though a wide variety do for many different ages. My daughter loves the Tweenies page though unfortunately can not play many of the games here as she is just too young. The night garden and Waybuloo games are more simpler though so there is something for everyone. You are also able to browse the games and fun via theme such as brain busters and music and art.
Stories and Rhymes
Again, a similar section though much smaller, linking straight to stories and rhymes on the different programme pages.
Print and Colour
A whole section linking to pictures to download and colour with some online colouring games.
Make and Do
This is my personal favourite section with links to loads and loads of craft ideas coinciding with whats on the television at that moment...and more. We have tried many of these ideas and my daughter gets hours of fun every time and so do I.
Music and Songs
Another similar section linking to songs and dances both online and available to download - another fun section combining all the different programmes which focus on song.
This section requires sign up though a very child friendly sign up with no need for personal information - simply a username and a password that's it though to be honest, as far as I can tell this section does not offer any more really than the rest of the site that doesn't require sign up. Here you are able to make a mini-you which can feature in some of the games on the site though the options for this avatar person are very limited and you are also able to look after a funny looking pet of your choice by feeding and playing with it, though nothing else. The pet part my daughter loves, though, so it was worth signing up for that and as it doesn't take any length of time to do it, there is no harm in signing up. It is just a pity that it doesn't offer more as that was what I was expecting.
Here you have a choice to listen to CBeebies radio online, download parts or find information for the actual radio station combined with help for parents on how to download the podcast and get the radio station in simple step by step guides
Watch and Listen
Here children are able to watch more of their favourite episodes, listen to stories and songs and have even more fun.
As you can see, there is a lot for both children and adults alike to do on this site and it is very easy to navigate for both as well. It is very sameish on many of the childrens pages though this helps them learn and remember what to do so I don't think it is much to complain about. The only negative I have is, as I said above, the sign up promotes even more fun and games though really there isn't anything else to be gained from signing up.
LINKS AND SAFETY
I have already mentioned above that the navigation is fantastic and easy for little people to use as well as adults and I have never come across any broken links. The site runs quite fast, flicking from page to page at a fast and sensible rate. Occasionally the videos of the programmes do freeze depending on computer spec and internet service provider speed, though most of the time I have no real problems here either. The games are all quite simple games and so do not require a lot of memory and therefore run well also.
Safety on the site is quite high. As it is a childs website it is centered around child safety though there is no safe play mode so the child can navigate away from the page and onto other parts of the internet so keep an eye on this. There is no child to child live chat anywhere so no need to worry about strangers pretending to be children either which is something I rest my mind over as my daughter gets older. The only part of the site where you can chat to others is in the adult part and it is forum based and sperate from the childs part which is fine.
Overall I think this is one of the best childrens websites I have come across and certainly much better than many other sites based on childrens television channels and there is also so much information and things to do for adults too. It is safe with a large variety of things for children to do, possibly more centered for the ages of two upwards with parent help to begin with. My younger brother has just turned eight and doesn't find it interesting anymore though both my daughter and six year old sister love it and I do too. I have found the information for adults better on this site than many others.
The layout is very simple and repetative though this is not a bad thing at all as it helps children learn. The site itself is very fast and the content update is regular and up to date.
Do I recommend this site? Certainly, for children between two and six it is wonderful and for adults with children or expecting children it has some amazing information.
Website address: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
If you have digital TV
The CBeebies channel is on:
* Sky/digital satellite - channel 614
* Freeview - channel 71
* Virgin Media - channel 702
CBeebies on the radio
* Sky/digital satellite - channel 0131
* Freeview - channel 708
* Virgin Media - channel 910
This is a whole channel devoted to young children and as such there are government guidlines that they have to adhere to in terms of mental stimulation i.e a child should be learning something when they are watching a channel.
Unfortunately I have to say, I dont think that this channel quite makes the grade. For all the money that the BBC get, I cannot honestly believe that this is the best that they can do.
On other channels they feature shows like Dora the explorer or little bear which help children to learn, but are in cartoon format which is one of the most appealing forms of television for young children.
Instead they have these extremely budget shows that look like they have been designed by a media student for a piece of coursework. If they was not enough then they play the same episodes over and over again.
I would suggest other channels of which there are many which have a more varied itinery for children to watch.
Since I was a youngster, the world has become increasingly IT reliant - many jobs require some computer skills, and most homes now have an internet connection . For this reason, I do feel it's important that my daughter as she grows older knows her way around a computer .
I remember the computer games I had as a child, my parents had an amstrad PC, with HUGE wafer thin floppy plastic disks, and the games generally involved slotting a bunch of triangles into a rectangle so they all fit - highly boring .
Nowadays, you don't even need to get games on your computer, there are many sites where you can play a game online for free - and Cbeebies is one of the best for my daughter. Just by it being the Cbeebies website, I know that because my daughter enjoys the television channel so much, these games will be relevant to her interests, and, more importantly, be age appropriate .
The site is brightly coloured and visually appealing, lots of cheerful yellows and blues . Navigation is simple , with all the various categories being listed along the left hand side of the page. There is, helpfullly, a page just for the grown ups, which explains how to get the most out of the site, as well as havign a pregnancy diary, a message board, and information about the importance of family time . It provides welcome reassurance about the safety and suitability of the website, and recommends particular sections of the site for activities you can both do together.
There are several sections to the site, and I wont explain them all, but will instead make mention of the areas of the site my daughter and I use on a regular basis .
Lets start with print and colour - now this section really is simple to explain - essentially, you select your favourite show, and can print off pictures of the characters for your child to colour in . This has proved wonderful on train journeys - I simply print off a few pictures, and slip the pictures and some crayons into a backpack, and I am assured of peace and quiet to read on the journey. Because I can select drawings by show, I can choose only those that will interest my daughter, and the whole process of selecting and printing a picture is incredibly easy .
Make and Do is another favourite section of mine, especially in school holidays. I'm sure all parents will have had to deal with 'I'm BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORED' on a regular basis . Well, not anymore - this section, again categorised by show, shows a variety of things you can do with your kid, from arts and crafts to baking , and even making your own little garden out of eggboxes . I have done several of these things, mostly cooking but the occasional arty project too, and find these brilliant for bonding with my daughter . Each project comes with clear instructions and a list of everything you need, so it is easy to get them organised
The last section I (or to be more accurate, my daughter in this case) regularly use is fun and games, which is simple games based on your favourite shows. These range from colouring games, to matching, with snap, and quizzes thrown in . My six year old daughter loves this aspect of the site, and regularly asks to play these games, and manages most of them without any help from me . These are brilliant for when I'm trying to cook dinner or clean up, (or even when just want a little alone time) and don't want my daughter getting in my hair for that half hour, and she really enjoyes playing them . The games are colourful, and many are accompanied by music and sound .
I love this site . It's free to use, with no registration needed (so no junk emails!). It's colourful, it's age appropriate, and it's educational . There are many activities my daughter can do alone, but just as importantly, there are an awful lot of things there we can do together - and after all, spending time with my daughter is the most important thing .
I would say this site is aimed at children from 4 until maybe 8 - and if you have young children, I really do recommend having a look, all their favourite characters are here, with many activities for each .
I also like knowing that as she plays, my daughter becomes more able with computers - she types, she clicks, she prints - and all without any pressure from me , so she learns in a relaxed and easy way.
My two kids are big fans of various programs on the CBeebies channel so the CBeebies website is also on our 'favourites' list! There are lots of extras on the website that complement the programs - e.g. you can download colouring-in templates of different characters and programs to print off, which keeps my oldest boy occupied for hours! You can also watch videos of theme music, in-show songs and the CBeebies own tunes, such as The Summer Song (which I love!). The lyrics are even provided so you can sign along karaoke-style! Great for getting involved by singing and dancing along with them! There are also games to play online, things to make during creative moments and information about all the shows, characters and presenters. For us grown-ups, we have our very own area with message boards to chat with other parents. The website is wonderfully bright and colourful as you'd expect for a stimulating children's website and it's easy to navigate. I'd definitely recommend the website to anyone with small children!
The cbeebies web site is absolutley fantastic for days like today when it is raining and the children are at home, It is designed for pre school aged children but to be honest my 5 and 6 year old still love the site and can actually use it with very little help from me now as it is all very well laid out and very colourful.
There is an adult section on the site where you can get info on all the programs on the cbeebies channel, chat on a message board with other parents and our favorite at the moment is the mummys pregnant section where the children can keep track of how long tilll the new baby arrives.
There are lots of fun games for the children to play like Andy pandy snap, each game relates to a cbeebies character making them even more fun for your child to play, they are very simple to use and are an ideal way to keep your child occupied and learning wholst they are having fun.
There is a tab on there to take the children to storys and rhymes where they can listen to storys or rhymes from there favorite rograms.
There are lots of pictures you can print out for your children to colour and it is realy easy to find ones they will like as they are in program sections so you can easily find there favorite characters.
There is a make and do section aswell that has a variety of things to make with the children or for them to make on there own as they get older.
This is a fantastic web site for your little ones and i have to admitt to enjoying it myself.
Cbeebies website is a great website for under 4's and a perfect way to keep them out of trouble for half an hour on a rainy day. I sit down with my little girl, with the laptop on our knees and have an explore.
The cbeebies website is part of the BBC, and can be accessed directly through the BBC website. It is very colourful and there are so many tabs and options, there is no end of things to keep them entertained.
There is a grown up section, which I have never noticed before, which has some invaluable information on there. It contains message boards, a pregnancy calendar for all the family counting down the days to mummy's new arrival, party kits (including party invitations and colour your own wrapping paper!) and height charts. You can also download a Balamory first day at school milestone book, so your little one can remember their exciting first day at school. There is a Koala Brothers star helper certificate, so if your child has been good, you can print the chart and track their behaviour. The section for parents with special needs seems very informative including discussion boards and information on Autism, blind and visually impaired children, dyslexia, learning difficulties and speech and language problems.
The main cbeebies page for children has many different drop downs all including further options such as fun and games, stories and rhymes, print and colour, make and do and music and songs. My little girl loves the 'all cbeebies characters' section where there are 78 different characters to choose from, again all offering more options once you are inside their specific page. With so much choice they will be entertained for hours, and it gives you both a little interactive time together when its raining or they are bored of painting, etc!
My daughters favourite is Mister Maker, which gives ideas of different things to make at home - perfect for school holidays - for example, cotton bud creatures, a ship in a jar, shells pictures or a pasta robot to name but a few. Charlie and Lola is also a favourite, giving the option to paint a butterfly on the computer, improving coordination with the mouse, as well as many other fun activities.
Overall an excellent website, perfect for inquisitive little monsters!
My little brother loves watching CBeebies, so I thought I would check out the website and see if it is any good and see if he would like it. I have to say, its not that bad actually. Obviously an adult isn't going to like it, but my little brother loves it.
This website would be a great way of entertaining your younger kids and keeping them entertained for a long time at that. It is full of great, fun games that your kids are bound to enjoy. The games are all based on the cartoons that are shown on the TV channel. The website is so easy to navigate around too, so even the youngest of kids, that have little computer experience, will have no problem playing and enjoying these fantastic games.
Some of these games can not only be fun but also very educational which is a huge bonus, as it helps the kids learn whilst doing something they really enjoy.
Overall, I think that CBeebies has a great TV channel and has an amazing website that everyone should check out. I would recommend it to anyone.
The cbeebies website is great for young children and I can keep my 2 year old son occupied for ages watching all the songs and videos.
The site has many different sections and you can look up your favourite cbeebies characters and find out facts about them.
There is also a section where you can watch and listen to all the cbeebies songs and in many cases this is through a karaoke format. I often find myself joining in as most of the songs are increadably catchy.
There is also online cbeebies games that can be played by children of all ages, my 2 year old is too young to play most but with my help manages to play some and even when he is just watching me play them he is finds them very entertaining.
There is also a make and do section that has many projects for you and your little one to do together, and in the big cook little cook section you can print off all the recipes for the show and it shows you how to make your own big cookery book.
There is a section for printing out pictures for colouring in all your favourite characters, this is a great and cheap way to occupy your child, I often print lots off at once and put them away so I always have them to hand when I need one.
You can also find information on the website for sending in birthday cards in to the show to get a card shown on your childs birthday, I did this for my son and it was shown and he was amazed. You have to send them at least a month in advance though.
The cbeebies website is great for parents and young children I would highly recommend it.
Now that the summer is here we don't really go on this website as often as we used to, however I do class this as one of our rainy day activities and my daughter loves going on to this website during the winter or when the weather isn't good enough to get out and about.
WEBSITE INFORMATION - (www.cbeebies.co.uk)
The homepage of this site is mainly bright yellow and blue and there is quite a simple layout to it. Down the left side of the homepage is a list of options which are;
All Cbeebies Characters
Fun and games
Stories and Rhymes
Print and colour
Make and do
Music and songs
Watch and listen
Cbeebies radio (Radio 7 tells you whats on and when)
Presenters (find out more about them)
Newsletter (subscribe to receive every other Thursday by e-mail)
Some of these options are also show in larger boxes with illustrations on the main body of the page.
(To go into detail on all of the options would not only make this review too long, boring but most of all quite patronising as a lot of them are self explanatory, so, what I thought I would do was to give an overview of how the site works and how some of the options fit into it and then there are one or two which I think require some more detailed information.)
To search for an activity on this site you can either :
Click on 'All Cbeebies characters' - this brings up a page of 75 boxes each one for a different Cbeebies show, these are in alphabetical order and each box contains a picture of the show's main characters, by choosing and clicking on one of these boxes you will bring up all the available activities for that show, for example, clicking on the first box which is Andy Pandy brings up another page with the options of either; playing a matching game, printing and colouring a choice of pictures, getting instructions to make a puppet theatre or for designing your own birthday party invitations, all with an Andy Pandy theme.
Click on the activity that your child wants to do, for example fun and games (to play games on-line), music and songs (to listen or sing along to songs from the Cbeebies website and other familiar songs) or make and do (for instructions and ideas of craft activities with Cbeebies character themes), this will then bring up pictures of the Cbeebies characters and shows that are available under your chosen activity.
Clicking on the Grown ups tab brings up a further list of options for parents and of things to do together, including a chat and message board facility, information on all Cbeebies programmes telling parents more about their educational value and what skills they are designed to develop and children talking about food which shows clips of different characters talking about their favourite foods - designed to promote healthy eating.
Another option under the grown up tab is special needs which talks about a range of different special needs including blind and visually impaired and dyslexia and how Cbeebies has a range of activities with special needs and gives us true experiences from parents and teachers. It also tells us how Cbeebies along with TreeHouse ( a parent led charity for children with autism and related communication disorders) have designed a game called Baa Baa Black Sheep specifically for children on the autistic spectrum.
There are far too many facilities on this website for me to mention every single one individually but I will just mention one more, the Birthdays tab, this gives you all the details to send your cads into and the days and times they are read out on the television channel. It also lets you create a birthday message on-line by simply entering your child's details it creates a clip of TV presenter Chris reading out a birthday card to your child which you can save for them to watch on the computer.
The catchy songs and bright colours on this website really capture a child's attention and I found even before my 2 and ½ year old was old enough to control a mouse we could look at the site together helping her to understand the concept of interacting with a computer as opposed to just watching a TV and I have to say in my opinion it is largely down to this website that now she has great mouse control. I found the best starting off game for beginners is on 'Bits and Bobs' and is called Trug's matching game, for a few months now Ellie has been able to play this by herself and most times get 6/6 stars, this is an ideal game for the pre-school age because it does not require any reading or writing and relies totally on pictures and the pictures they have to click on aren't too small or fiddley. It basically shows the child a part of a picture and then the child has to pick what it is from a choice of four complete pictures, this will gain them one star, they then have to chose from four options what the object in the picture is for gaining another star, there is three rounds in total. I found this great for developing the hand/eye coordination required for basic pointing and clicking before moving onto more advanced games where they need to drag and move objects.
There are so many different things on here to keep children interested and I sometimes think Ellie would play on it for hours if I let her, but at least when we do go on it she is learning and developing skills while she has fun. I also like the fact that the activities aren't restricted to on-line, as well as printing out pictures for colouring in we have also enjoyed making a range of arts and crafts with ides from the website, such as masks, invitations and cards.
All in all I think this is the best website that I have experienced with my daughter, with its familiar characters and songs it keeps her entertained and has a wide range of activites to help her build up different skills. It says on the website that it is designed for pre-school children - young school children and in my opinion it covers that age group perfectly with simple games for younger children and slightly more stretching games as they develop.
A highly recommended way to spend some one on one time with your children.