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A computer generated Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto explore Disney’s "whole child" curriculum of cognitive, social and creative learning opportunities using "Mouse-ka-tools".

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      20.03.2013 09:09
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      A cleverly designed programme, perfect to catch babies attention

      I remember a friend mentioning that their baby loved Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I desperately needed to find time to dust round the living room. Flicking through the tv channels one day - there it was about to start on the Disney Junior channel. I thought it was worth a go, to see if she would notice it on and if she would pay attention to it, bearing in mind she was around 8 weeks old at the time. The episodes last about 20 minutes and thought this would give me perfect time to dust and tidy the room while she was next to me being entertained by Mickey. I wasn't too hopeful that it would keep her attention, but I gave it a whirl.

      The first episode we watched was called 'Mickey and the colour machine' and I immediately noticed the very bright colours that the whole show was themed in. Everything is so big and round and cleverly designed to catch your attention. She had taken notice of the TV in general before, but not to the extent that she did when I put this on. She immediately looked at the TV and just stared at the array of colours and shapes that were on show.

      All episodes start with Mickey Mouse introducing himself, saying hello to his audience and inviting them to play in the clubhouse, a building that appears when the magic words of 'meeska, mooska, mickey mouse' are chanted by him and his captive audience. There are many times of interaction with the young audience throughout episodes, on at least three or four occasions per episode, one or a couple of the six main characters will speak to the children watching at home to ask them to join in their activities and answer questions that they need to answer. Obviously, at 8 weeks, my daughter was far too young to join in with this part of the show, but to me this just shows how versatile the show is and how it relates and engages a wide age of audience, both boys and girls.

      Mickey is joined by his friends Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto. There are also additional smaller characters seen in some of the episodes such as Pete (who I think is a dog) and his dog Butch, Clarabelle a cow and a giant, who is big but very friendly. There's Professor Von Drake too. Pete sometimes treats the gang as friends but at other times can be a little mean to them. This is fantastic, as it is a playful way of having a 'baddie' in the show but not to the extent that it would upset or worry the young audience. I remember when I was little, being petrified of Tex in Superted! He scared me something rotten! But this is designed with the very young viewers in mind, he still comes across as being quite friendly and so not make them shy away from the TV.

      The activities that they use throughout the shows can vary, they teach their audience a range of skills such as counting numbers, shapes and sizes, the bright colours and the fact that it's Mickey Mouse keeping the audience interested in the whole story, even though their is an educational spin on it. For example, Pete will sometimes charge them for entering somewhere, such as a garden, and ask for say, 8 coins from Mickey and 5 from Donald. It will then show the characters count these out on screen along with the help of the audience. They will also ask questions to the audience, such as 'How many coins are in Mickey's hand' as he holds his palm out, then give a pause for the audience to count the coins and shout the answer out to him. Then giving the answer to the audience to see if they were correct. The interaction between Mickey and his friends with the audience to me is brilliant, it must really capture their attention and makes them think about what is going on, rather than just watching a story unfold on screen. For shapes, they do the same and for example, ask the audience 'what shape is on the box' and often they aren't one of the easier shapes like circles or squares, I saw one the other day that was showing diamonds, hearts and stars for the children to recognise and say out loud. I feel that the whole show is based on education, rather than it being based on a story with a little bit of education just added in for good measure and that I'm really impressed with. The best thing is that Mickey and the gang, always treat the audience as their friends, as though they're part of the gang too.

      The gang is also joined by Tootles, who holds four 'mouskatools' throughout each show that Mickey and his friends pick from him to help them out in their activities. One is a 'mystery mouskatool' but is always useful at some stage in the episode. When they want a mouskatool to help them, they shout 'Oh Tootles' to get his attention and he floats around to them to help. He then sends over whichever mouskatool they choose and Mickey will respond by saying 'we got ears, say cheers', a cute way of saying 'thankyou'. It's amazing to think that even things like this are ultimately showing children to use manners at an early age. When children are a little older, I can see as well how influential this could be - feeling that if Mickey does it then they should.

      When the story in the episode has finished and they've returned to the clubhouse if they've been outside or away, the six members of the gang do the 'hot dog dance'. This is a tune that is guaranteed to stick in your mind! The characters dance and ask the audience to join in, again showing that the show must also be suitable for older, steady on their feet viewers too. They then leave the clubhouse as the song finishes and Mickey says 'thanks for stopping by' or 'see ya real soon' to the audience while waving bye bye. I think my daughter has now associated this with the end of the programme because she now stops looking at the TV when the song comes on and starts to look at other toys to entertain herself. This in itself is impressive as it's taught her to associate the song with the end.

      My daughter is now 9 months old and it is still her favourite programme by a country mile. It's on the sky series link and will be for a long time. Like I say, at the moment, she doesn't really follow the storyline, it's the bright colours and noise that attracts her attention to the show, but I have every confidence that when she's a bit older, it will prove to be very educational for her and we'll still be watching it every day. We have tried other tv shows for her, Garfield, Tom and Jerry, the hive to name some, but she soon loses interest in them. Even though I think Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is very educational, I do try to limit her to watching 2 episodes per day, just because I don't think watching too much telly is good for her and like her to play with her many toys to learn other skills such as textures and sounds that she makes herself, but it's an absolute godsend to put Mickey on for her when it's needed - I can guarantee she'll remain happy for 20 minutes, making no noises apart from the sound of little giggles.

      Mickey Mouse clubhouse is available on DVD (we have one at Nan and Grandad's house!) and available on the Disney Junior channel (channel 611) at 10am and 7pm most days, there is also a 'plus 1' channel too. There have been three series made of the show, with a fourth in the pipeline.

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        06.12.2011 13:53
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        A good programme for toddlers

        Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a programme shown often on Disney Junior, supported by a wide variety of toys and a well developed website.

        Foccussing on the 'sensational six' of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, a strong core team, the series aims to solve a series of problems using a variety of tools and asking for audience help along the way. There is often counting or reading, shape or colour matching, and there is at least one dedicated to the problem of perspective, which is a common theme of children's programmes as it's difficult to grasp.

        Along the way we meet a supporting cast who return often enough to be familiar to regular viewers, again usually Disney favourites such as the Chipmunks Chip and Dale.

        So what's different about these cartoons than the old Mickey Mouse cartoons? Well, firstly, the characters are all a little younger. They're not portrayed as toddlers, but definitely as children rather than adults with romantic involvelment or even children. Goofy's son never appears, and would be thoroughly out of place if he did. Secondly, the aim to involve the children in answering how to solve the problems or which tool to use.

        My daughter's been watching about 18 months now she's three, and she loves to get up and dance or to reply with the solution, it really helps her to think. Sometimes she will pick out the characters names in other situations (or even just 'd for Donald' when she's reading a book) and she'll count along or pick out colours.

        She loves it still, and as she gets more involved intellectually with the series, she'll get more out of it, not less. I can see this being interesting for a couple of years yet, so it's a long lasting pleasure.

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          11.05.2010 14:22
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          excellent programme for all ages!

          Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a bright, colourful childrens programme. My son has been watching this from about 4 months old when he started to be more aware of things around him, hes now 16 months old and still loves this show.

          Its available on sky channel 611 which is disney playhouse, well worth paying for sky just for the programmes available on disney I dont mind watching them. The colouful characters created by Walt Disney has come alot way to bring it up to 21st century standards it is now a computer generated programme. In each episode Mickey mouse, Minnie mouse, Donald duck, Daisy duck, Goofy, Pluto and pete create a fun programme to watch involving children in the show by asking questions make it an educational programe which keeps there attention.

          Each episode starts with a catchy theme tune which will guarentee to bring a smile and a dance to any baby or toddler, each episode Mickey is given 4 'mouse-ka-tools' which the characters need to help solve different problems they encouter on there travels which brings together a curriculum of social, creative learning opportunities. Its amazing how much a baby takes in while watcing this programme my son has quickly reconised mickey mouse if he sees him while out shopping and will start to dance.

          Now he is abit bigger we sit and play on www.playhousedisney.com which allows Liam to play and learn with games, stories, colouring pages for each show on disney playhouse. I am always printing colouring pages off for him its nice to see he is enjoying himself.

          Disney offer a huge selection of different toys around Mickey Mouse, which is helpful when its something your child enjoys and wants to play with.

          My son loves this programme and why wouldnt he? its a bright colourful, educational, musical, fun show!

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          11.05.2010 14:03
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          A modern cartoon with our famous friends

          If you have sky television as i do, you'l know it has a great range of childrens channel covering a wide age range from BabyTV to Hannah Montana for the older ones. In fact sometimes there can be too much choice far more than i had when i was a child.

          When flicking through these channels looking for something to entertain my 3 year old for more than 5 minutes i came across Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, being a fan of Disney which switched over and now she watches it all the time.

          It's a computer animated cartoon unlike the old fashioned drawings i grew up with which brings the classic Disney
          characters of 'Mickey', 'Minnie', 'Donald', 'Daisy', 'Goofy' and 'Pluto' up to the 21st century.

          Being a modern day cartoon obviously it includes all the usual education elements it teach basis numbers, alphabet as well as having lesson to learn like how you should share your belongings or help out others!! which lets face it most 3 year olds could do with a lesson in.

          The only down side is being an american cartoon some pronounciation are different my daughter did ask what an 'ERASER' is which i had to explain was a rubber and why Mickey Mouse doesn't just call it a rubber!

          Overall this is a great modern cartoon featuring the much loved characters.

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            08.05.2010 20:51
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            A top show for young children

            My 2 and 4 year old both love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Along with Mickey, each episode centres around Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. The clubhouse is where they all get together - a magical looking Micky-inspired house with slides and two huge black ears to top it off.
            Each episode is filled with lots of singing and dancing and you'll soon find yourself humming along with all the tunes - particularly the Hot Dog song at the end!
            Mickey has some ingenious gadgets which he gets from a machine called Toodles by singing the Mouskatools song - another catchy number that you'll soon be singing along to. The Handy Helpers also live in the clubhouse - a pair of gloved Mickey hands that help him out with all kinds of things when he gets a bit stuck.
            I've found it to be quite an educational show as they talk a lot about numbers, shapes and colours - asking questions to the viewing audience and talking them through the answer. All the episodes have nice themes, like helping friends, picnics, planning Birthday surprises, looking after people and animals - there's never anything scary in this show.
            Overall a lovely, happy, entertaining show for young children.

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              29.04.2010 11:59
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              Mickey and friends having fun!

              Wow, the modern day version of the classics that I remember watching when I was a child in the eighties.

              I have two children, a three year old and a seven year old, and lately they have been watching some of the old cartoons that have been re-playing on Sky, and they have been thoroughly enjoying them but once they got a glimpse of this, they were hooked.

              These days, I get a bit tired of my children only having programmes to watch that are about children doing naughty things or stupid and dangerous things, it seems that these programmes are everywhere. So I am so happy that something this lighthearted and nice, has gotten my childrens interest so well.

              We have got all our favourites inlcuding Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and many others. They have fun and exciting adventures together and show the meaning of friendship and helping others, something that I think is great for children to see and learn.

              During their adventures they have a tool called a mouse-ka-tool, a sequence where they need a tool for a job and must pick the correct one out of a choice of four, this is something that the audience can get involved in at home.

              One thing that stands out in this carftoon is that it has fun and entertaining music and songs throughout which my children dance to and sing along with, I even find myself having a little boogie with them sometimes!

              With modern day technology merged in with classic entertaining characters, I think they have created something very good here, and in my opinion it is a better form of entertainment for young children to be around as opposed to the other options that included treaching youngsters allthe wrong values in life.

              At twenty five minutes an episode I think you get a lot of good entertainment. My children struggle sometimes with their attention span on other cartoons, but not on this, which tells me it must be doing the job intended.

              This is something I would recommend for all parents to let their children watch, it's good for them in so many ways.

              Enjoy!

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                08.03.2010 09:23
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                Learn alot about everyday tools and catchy song at the end

                After months of watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my two year old son I have now recently discovered Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on one of the Disney channels and I'm glad I did as my son really loves it and it is great fun. As a child I remember watching the Mickey Mouse cartoons for years and enjoying them and this is a revamped version of Mickey Mouse with computer generated characters. All the favourites are here with Mickey leading the gang that includes Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

                Each episode is about 25 minutes long and we join the gang as they go on different adventures starting out at the clubhouse. Each programme they are aided with 4 mouskatools to help them along the way. They use these to solve problems or puzzles that they encounter in their particular quest. There are three tools that are visible from the start and one that is a mystery tool. One of the reasons I think that this cartoon is so great is that it's very intereactive for children as it gets them involved shouting out things and repeating what the characters say and also learning about items. They are taught about how to use certain items to perform everyday tasks and some fun items too that they wouldn't normally see.

                At the end of each episode the characters all return to the clubhouse and sing the 'Hot Dog' song which I have to say is very catchy and short enough for it not to get irritating. I found that my son can really relate to the characters and they are bright and fun. It's definatley not boring and he stops what he's doing everytime the song comes on at the end.

                This is definately a great option for children to watch and enjoy and features useful learning materials for them too to aid their development.

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                15.02.2010 13:49
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                a rubbish show just for kids (try and leave the room if you can)

                M.I.C.K.E.Y... M.O.U.S.E... Its the Mickey mouse clubhouse.. Come in side its fun inside' how moronic and a very clever rhyme (inside with inside wow). This show is terrible for anyone over 3 years old (which its obviously aimed at but still its rubbish), I don't like showing my niece and nephew this show unless they are really moaning. Its very repetitive and quite stupid with the most annoying voice cast I've ever heard (it's all very shrill and high pitched)

                its been running since 2009 (I just read the voice of Mickey actually died last year so there will be a new one from now on) and there has been over 70 episodes produced to date.

                My main problems with the show are the terrible songs, this is from Disney people Disney has made some fantastic songs for its films, and these have just been churned out in a day. Take for example the hot dog song; hot dog hot dog hot diggety dog (it's so bad its unreal) I believe there is another regular song in the middle but even though I've watched the show numerous times I cant recall it at all (it's that bad).

                On the plus side the characters look like they should do so it's not a complete overhaul. And now for the reason this show has to get such a good score; it shuts the kids up completely. I turn it on and they rush up to the TV screen and stare for around 25 minutes. And in that sense it's fantastic. I just don't know if they are learning much from the show so unless I have a really bad headache etc I'd rather read them a book or play with them.

                Kids'll love it... it'll drive you mad.

                Tony

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                  17.01.2010 16:06
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                  A good educational programme to let children watch

                  Firstly i would like to say i am not a big fan of children watching a lot of tv but limit what and how much he watches. I like him to watch educational programmes.

                  He showed an interest in Mickey Mouse CLubhouse and was happy for him to watch this. I think a big part of the reason he likes this programme is all programmes are structured the same. And of course the popular colourful characters who really do have their own personalities.

                  The programmes will show 4 tools in which they will use to solve any problems they come across. One of which is alwasy the 'mystery mousketool'. My son has learnt lots of different things from the programme. It goes over everyday things which u would teach them anyways like numbers shapes etc. Plus some things you might not think to teach them. For example we were driving along and my son pointed out a flag on a car showroom which he had learnt from the programme as it was something i had never pointed out to him. All in all i would say a good option for a programme to let them watch!

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                  12.11.2009 12:12
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                  This is another one of those shows that I sometimes end up forced to watch when I let my daughter have her Tv time . This shows on Playhouse Disney, a channel primarily aimed at pre-school age children. My daughter is six, so a little older than the shows target audience but not by too much .

                  The show is pretty simple - it features all the old favourite Disney characters - Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto and Goofy as main characters, with other slightly lesser known characters making guest appearances .

                  Each show centres on a problem that must be solved , and the team work together to solve these problems using a small selection of tools (Mousekatools) at their disposal - the tools range from things like spanners and hammers, to specifically shaped keys that open certain doors , and I think this element is educational without being overly so - using basic skills such as counting, rhyming, shape and colour matching and of course object recognition .

                  The show encourages participation by occasionally asking a question of the viewer, then pausing to allow them to answer . For example, 'Which shape fits in this hole?'. After a short pause, it will then give you the answer, saying 'If you said the star, you were right, well done!'. I do think this is a nice idea, as it encourages children to pay attention rather than just stare blindly at the screen .

                  The show itself is very colourful, bright, and cleanly designed, and I think the simple block colours are very attractive and attention grabbing . It's some pretty smooth computer animation , and some inventive sets, such as the clubhouse itself, a colourful building in the shape of Mickeys Head .. The show also features some catchy music and songs , (some performed by They Might Be Giants) including the Hot Dog song at the end of each show .

                  I like the way the show includes the viewer in the problem solving using a variety of skills - teamwork, listening and remembering, counting, colour recognition, shape recognition, and fitting appropriate uses to objects. It is slightly educational, but not in such a way that a child would be overwhelmed with too much information . I like the amount of praise it directs at the child watching too, helping them to feel good when they get it right .

                  My daughter loves it . I personally tend to tune it out most of the time, since I find the songs and voices a little irritating, but I can recognise that it is a well made and useful childrens show .

                  4 stars

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                    a great program to help young children learn and have fun at the same time

                    Mickey mouse clubhouse

                    This is a children's TV series that is on playhouse Disney, it is designed for pre-school children.

                    The main characters of the show are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Pete.

                    Every episode the viewers are asked to help Mickey and friends. At the beginning of the episode they have to call the clubhouse and to do this my children have shout "MESKA MOOSKA MICKEY MOUSE"

                    They have 3 items and a mystery item to help mickey and friends and these come up on a little Mickey shaped computer which is called Toodles. And to get the little computer Mickey asks for help to call him so my kids shout at top of their voices Oh Toodles.

                    The viewers are then asked to help Mickey pick which item will help (at this point my children jump to their feet and start bashing my TV)

                    I really like this program as I feel like my children are learning some thing while watch TV. They have to think about problem solving, shapes , colours, sizes, order and many more thing. My children do not see that they are learning while watching this and I think this is the best way for young children to learn.

                    As a mother I do like my children watching this because of the education they are getting it (I no nothing beats one to one learning with parent but some times other jobs need doing)

                    The only down side I have of this program is that I often walk about singing the theme song or for no reason what so ever say MEESKA MOOSKA MICKEY MOUSE

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                      Great programme for children to watch

                      Mickey Mouse Clunhouse is played on Playhouse disney channel and lasts for just over half an hour each episode. It introduces Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Pete and the Professor.

                      To make the Clubhouse appear children are encouraged to chant the words "Meeshka Mooshka Mickey Mouse" and when it does they will join Mickey and his friends on a problem solving quest which can include decision making, song singing, shape sorting, numbers and colours. The scenes are vibrant and colourful and the characters are easy for children to understand without baby-fying their voices.

                      Both my children love this programme. When they here the theme tune come on they stop whatever they are doing and stare at the TV. My oldest son is 4 and he still enjoys watching it and my youngest is 1 and he loves to see all the colours. Children are encouraged to participate and answer questions, te songs are very catchy and introduces toddlers to Mickey Mouse & his friends in a fun and modern way. Disney have a wide range of toys available relating to this programme and DVD's. They can be a bit expensive but you can always ask other people to buy them as gifts. The end song is great, easy to remember and encourages children to get up and do the "Hot Dog Dance" it is age appropriate and can be enjoyed by both boys and girls.

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                      02.06.2009 15:08
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                      Great fun for pre-chool children and they learn as well

                      At the moment this has got to be my two and a half year old daughter Ellie's favourite programme and she can often be heard singing the theme tune to herself as she's playing or colouring in, in fact my partner has admitted to suddenly, while he is at work, realising he is singing it out loud - not the best thing for his 'street cred' on the building site.

                      PROGRAMME DETAILS
                      As expected from the title this programme is about Mickey mouse and his friends in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto are the main characters although the stories usually involve some of their other friends like Chip 'n' Dale, Professor Ludwig Von Drake and Clarabelle Cow.

                      It is on the Playhouse Disney channel (channel 611 on Sky) and Play Disney + (channel 612 on sky) several times throughout the day and is on for 25 minutes per episode.

                      At the beginning of each episode the Mickey Mouse clubhouse members call on the help of Toodles, Mickey mouse's virtual friend which is shaped like a Mickey mouse head and ears, who fits into the mousekadoer (a Mickey mouse computer) and retrieves the days mousekatools (objects which the gang will use to help them with various problems that they encounter through the episode) . Toodles who the clubhouse gang summon when they need him by shouting ' Oh toodles' carries either three or four mousekatools each episode two or three of these will be shown to the viewer and the third known as the 'mystery mousekatool' is a surprise.

                      VERDICT
                      For anyone that has a child that watches this programme you will probably be familiar with the theme tune and know that the chorus spells out M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E, and through listening to this Ellie at age two and a half, can spell Mickey Mouse and although she may be too young to understand the concept of spelling I think it will be a good start for her when she stars learning what individual letters look like and how by putting them together you can form words.

                      I like the way this programme involves the children right from the start, as soon as it comes on Mickey talks into the camera as though he is talking directly to the children who are watching and tells them that to make the clubhouse appear they need to say the magic words and straight away Ellie starts shouting 'meeska mooska Mickey Mouse'

                      I do limit the amount of television my daughter watches but am more likely to switch it on for her when this is on as it encourages Ellie to play along while watching it rather than just sitting on the sofa staring at the screen. At certain points during the show the clubhouse gang will need one of their mousekatools to solve a certain problem and will ask the viewer to chose the one that they think will work best, I think this is a very clever concept to get pre-school children to learn to use their powers of deduction and if none of the objects are suitable then it just leaves the mystery mousekatool so they know it must be that one. As well as problem solving the programme introduces lots of other aspects suitable for the pre-school age range like counting , early use of letters and identifying shapes.

                      SUMMARY
                      Don't get me wrong I don't think that this programme is going to turn my daughter into a child genius or that watching television can replace learning through playing and interacting with people, reading or drawing, but it is nice to see a programme that gets children thinking and problem solving in a way that makes it fun. All in all I know my daughter loves this programme and I think she does learn things while watching it.

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                        Great fun show for children!

                        I came across this programme by chance whilst channel hopping for my daughter. My daughter absolutely adores another programme featuring a pig and her family but this is only on a couple of times a day so we needed something to fill the gap and keep her happy. It is featured on the Playhouse Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney + 1 and the main Disney Channel.

                        The first thing that caught my eye is how colourful the programme is. The characters are drawn beautifully and in such a clear and colourful way that it will instantly catch any toddlers eye.

                        The show features all the main original disney characters who are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Clarabelle and Pete. There is a different adventure or puzzle for them to solve in each show and they all work together to acheive this, emphasising to my child about sharing and workting together.

                        The show features some very catchy songs such as the Hotdog song which both my son and daughter love to bop along too. The language is easy to understand for a toddler and helps them to improve their communication skills. It is based in and around Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse which is a house made to resemble Mickey himself complete with ears!

                        There is a creative aspect to the show which also gains your childs participation, by asking questions. My daughter loves to shout the answers at the tv and it is great to see her developing new skills from a tv programme. They often use Mouse-ka-tools, to help them fix a problem and will ask for your childs participation in what is needed to solve the issue. This helps your child to identify problems and recognise the suitable solution for it.

                        I myself am 25 years of age, yet I also enjoy this programme. I have viewed other childrens tv programmes with my daughter and I have promptly vowed never to let her watch them again due to the ridicuolous nature of some of them, however I am more than happy for my child to continue enjoying this show as I can see her development improving from it on a daily basis and her learning skills are rapidly improving.

                        Overall, I feel this to be a highly entertaining, educational and fun packed show worthy of many viewers, both children and adults alike!

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                        25.01.2009 12:21
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                        Every child should visit the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

                        Everybody's favourite Disney legend returns in this relatively new series aimed at the pre-school market more than the young child market. My daughter has just turned 2 and is constantly shouting "Kicky, Kicky!" which in here language is "Mickey!". It is easier just to put it on to save the ear ache. She is such a fan of the show, above any other, that she simply refuses to wear any pyjamas that haven't got either Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse or Donald Duck on them. I feel a little sorry for Goofy who she is not so keen on.

                        The first thing you notice about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when it begins is the animation style. It is so much brighter than the usual Mickey Mouse cartoons and always begins with Mickey walking down a path towards the camera and saying the magic words to open the clubhouse. This sense of immediate familiarity is what kids of this age need and it wasn't long before my girls was quoting the magic words.

                        The excellent blend of music and informative rhyming is the stand out quality of the show for me and has already had a key part to play in my daughter being able to identify objects and count to 12, yes 12, not 10.

                        Each episode sees the gang take on different tasks. One particular episode saw the task being changing Donald back to a duck instead of the frog that a spell has turned him into. In true Disney style, this transformation meant seeking out Princess Daisy Duck so she could kiss the frog. All this had to be achieved by Mickey and Goofy through using different items to do tasks that they ask the viewing child to identify first. It really is well thought out.

                        As a subscriber to BT Vision, I am delighted that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series 1 and 2 are available to watch on demand on that service.

                        If you have a pre-school child who needs entertaining from time to time while you look after the house, you can't do any better than to let them watch this. Top drawer and well done Disney.

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