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My twin girls love watching CBeebies which is the BBC's channel for the under 5s. The programmes are all short and so this channel is able to provide a wide varieties of shows from cartoons to science to puppets and language. It also has presenter slots between programmes and songs relevant to the time of year. My girls in particular enjoy the catchy theme tunes the programmes have and so when I was looking for present ideas last Christmas this newly released CBeebies album seemed perfect for them.
What's on this album?
This is a double disc album containing 50 tracks, the tracks are mainly 1 to 2 minutes long so if a particularly annoying one comes on you can be reassured that it isn't going to last too long. CBeebies are continually bringing out new shows and have a high rotation on their channel to ensure that your little one won't get bored of the same ones all the time, this CD being a new release includes the latest shows like Baby Jake, Raa Raa and the Cloudbabies as well as some old favourites like Balamory and The Tweenies.
The CD has a mixture of theme tunes and songs from the programmes. My girls love the Bestest in the Barn song from Charlie and Lola. It introduces your little ones to farm animals and when Lola says hello cow or hello chicken my girls love joining in with moos and bok boks, followed by lots of giggles. Another big favourite with my girls is Momo's theme from Show me Show me, this show has toys in a similar way to Play School did for those who can remember it! Momo is a girl robot and her theme song is about Momo loving the rainbow. This song has taught my girls the colours of the rainbow, they will sing along to Momo loves red. Red, red, red, etc and when we play i-spy with colours they will choose indigo or violet as their choice.
The CBeebies presenters sing the songs used in feature pieces between programmes. There are summer and winter songs along with the Birthday and Christmas songs. I do try and skip this one as my girls were still wishing people a Happy Christmas at Easter despite me explaining that it wasn't Christmas anymore.
CBeebies has a bedtime hour slot when they show In the Night Garden which is very popular with babies and play the Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon song. Both these favourites are on this CD if you are trying to recreate bedtime at a slightly different time and these songs are sleep cues for your little one.
Price and availability
This CD is available on Amazon and currently (May 2013) costs £11.12, this is slightly more than it was when it was first released at the end of last year but is still worth every penny in my opinion.
Would I recommend?
Definitely yes! We travel to see family a couple of times a month which involves the girls being in the car for a few hours each time. This CD is on most of the time and keeps them happy in the main, they may object when they can't listen to their favourite song on repeat but my sanity requires the songs to keep changing! The shows and songs on CBeebies are great at teaching your child about the world around them in a fun way. If you've children that love CBeebies then this is a great buy.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Justin's House ? Theme Tune
2 Baby Jake ? The Yacki Song
3 Iconicles ? Theme Tune
4 Rastamouse ? Theme Tune (Give It Up For Da Easy Crew)
5 Abadas ? My Name Is?
6 Mike The Knight ? Theme Tune
7 Mr Bloom?s Nursery ? Meet The Veggies
8 Gigglebiz ? Theme Tune
9 In the Night Garden? ? Theme Tune
10 Big & Small ? Theme Tune
11 Timmy Time - Theme Tune
12 Everything's Rosie - Theme Tune
13 Woolly & Tig ? Theme Tune (I Love Woolly)
14 Andy's Wild Adventures ? Theme Tune
15 Grandpa In My Pocket ? Boom A Boom Whoop Zing Zoo
16 Tweenies ? Theme Tune (Hey Hey Are You Ready To Play?)
17 Alphablocks ? Theme Tune
18 Cloud Babies ? Theme Tune
19 Tree Fu Tom ? Theme Tune
20 Something Special ? Theme Tune (Hello Song)
21 Cbeebies Presenters ? Christmas Song
22 Cbeebies Presenters ? Autumn Song
23 Cbeebies Presenters ? Winter Song
24 Cbeebies Presenters ? Spring Song
25 Cbeebies Presenters ? Summer Song
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Rastamouse ? Hot Hot Hot
2 Abadas ? Medley (Abadas Song / Let?s Play / I Found The Word / Goodbye Song)
3 The Lingo Show ? Theme Tune
4 Show Me Show Me ? Momo?s Song
5 Mike The Knight ? Huzzah For Glendragon
6 Raa Raa The Noisy Lion ? Theme Tune
7 64 Zoo Lane ? Theme Tune
8 Charlie and Lola ? Bestest In The Barn
9 Postman Pat ? Special Delivery Service Theme
10 Num Tums ? Theme Tune
11 Zingzillas ? Do You Didgeridoo
12 Guess With Jess ? Theme Tune
13 Tinga Tinga Tales ? Theme Tune
14 Balamory ? Theme Tune
15 Mr Bloom's Nursery ? The Finale Song
16 Big Barn Farm ? Theme Tune
17 Mister Maker ? I?m A Shape
18 Waybuloo ? Theme Tune
19 3rd & Bird ? Theme Tune
20 Something Special ? Medley (Friends Song / Goodbye Song)
21 Cbeebies Presenters ? It?s The Weekend
22 Cbeebies Presenters ? Big Fun Time
23 Cbeebies Presenters ? Lunchtime Song
24 Cbeebies Presenters ? The Birthday Song
25 Cbeebies Presenters ? The Time Has Come to Say Goodnight