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Mr 2 year old son loves this programme and reminds me a bit of play school (does anyone remember that!) I see my little boy counting, singing, laughing and running around the room doing his groovy moves. yes it can be a liitle bit annoying for adults but all in all it ia a great all round educational programme.
I might be a very sad person to admit this, but when Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee left Cbeebies as presenters at Christmas time 2008, i was left very disappointed. I found they worked very well together as presenters, and the people they had been replaced with really did not gel as well in my opinion and were not as talented, and to some extent i still feel that way now.
The 2 are very talented, willing to fully engage in whatever they are doing (ie you are not thinking they are holding back a little in their approach) and extremely watchable.
They both have a long history in kids telly. Chris was 'The Anorak' on BBC telly when i was a teenager in the 90s. He also appeared as Mr Mopple in Step Inside. Pui has had adult roles in television, and was also the red tellytubby, Po.
I was therefore thrilled to see that this new programme had been released to see them working together again. From the first episode that was shown, my children have been hooked and they will always settle down to watch it when it is on.
The programme is based around a playroom type room which is up on the 10th floor of a skyscraper, and it mostly follows the same format. The opening credits show a lift going up the floors to their playroom, and it teaches young children how to count by showing them an item in the quantity of the floor they are on. My children always count when this is on, and i reinforce it every time we go up or downstairs, and as a result, even my 2 year old can count to 10.
You then see Chris and Pui, who introduce their toy friends. There is always one of the toys missing, and i always get my two to try and spot who is missing before they are told. The characters are:
Toddler Tom - a little boy cuddly figure
Miss Mouse - a knitted mouse
Momobot - a female blue robot figure
Teddington - a bear who wears a waistcoat
Stuffy - a cube who has orange furry hair on the top.
Chris and Pui then hunt around the nursery for the toy.
There is then a theme introduced when a video clip of a child is shown, and the child will say, 'show me, show me....'
Todays feature was rain, and i have also seen episodes about teeth, and grandads. Familiar things that young children will be accustomed to seeing.
The pair will than do activites relating to the theme. Today, Pui made a fuzzy felt picture showing clouds and rain, and they had Teddington dressed in a Mackintosh.
There is always a story read by one of the pair, and a section where they stop everything they are doing to get everyone to show them their groovy moves. There is a clip showing various children and adults (firemen, lollipop ladies, policemen) dancing around as silly as they can, Chris and Pui join in with a toy each, and we join in at home. After a while, the music stops and we all freeze until Chris and Pui spot something moving. Really silly, but we enjoy it.
There is also a little short cartoon shown during the show called Penelope about a family of Koalas i think. This is not that engaging really, but my kids don't seem to mind it. It is not the best feature of the show.
There is a good amount of episodes associated with the series. It is about to start screening the second series next week.
I am not the sort of person who just plonks a child in front of the telly. I like a programme that shows us something we can try later, or is engaging in an active way like we do with the sections outlined in my review.
In my opinion it is a well written programme and written in a way that appeals to younger and older members of the cbeebies audience. I am glad that Chris and Pui continue to appear on our screens together and provide entertainment for my children.
My eldest has also recently got interested in the cbeebies website, and there are a few games that relate well to the show content on the website, like making pictures with the characters. This just enhances the programme where he is concerned.
I use a mum's message board and when 'Show me Show me' arrived on screen earlier this year, a lot of the mums were glad to see Chris and Pui back on screen. Personally although Chris is probably my guilty crush on Cbeebies, I have never ever warmed to Pui Fan Lee as a children's presenter. I find her a little cold. But my children have never complained so I guess that's what matters.
I thought that when Chris and Pui disappeared and the official word was that they were busy creating a new programme, I secretly hoped that it meant they'd been shown the road from children's television into serious acting so I was a little gunked to see 'Show Me Show Me' launch.
The basis for 'Show Me Show Me' is that Chris and Pui live way up high in a towerblock with some cuddly friends for company. Miss Mouse, Teddington, Toddler Tom, Scruffy and Momobot. If you remember Playschool from when you were little, then you'll get the idea. Each episode Chris and Pui choose a subject and tell viewers all about it. Todays episode was Grandads. Yesterday's was feet as far as I can recall. They talk about the subject, act out a little roll play, dance a little and sometimes do some craft about the subject. There will be children telling you about the subject; inadvertently being hilarious as toddlers and preschoolers are.
My two children both watch this avidly. With my 18 month old dancing and singing and repeating things that Chris and Pui say. I know that is the important thing, but I have my issues with the programme. A lot (and I mean at least one or two of the kids in every show) are very bad with their speech. I think if you are going to put children on screen then they need to be clear with what they are saying. I think it's bad to familiarise my children with unclear children. If I cant understand what the child is saying, then how are the children supposed to. I have been asked numerous times by my pre-schooler 'What did that boy say?' and many times I don't understand myself. While it is great to include children in the programme they really should cut the unclear ones out. Is that harsh? Yes, but Cbeebies is supposed to be reasonably educational.
Penelope is a cartoon that is shown towards the end of 'Show Me Show Me' and the children don't usually bother watching it. I can see why. The animation is a bit unexciting. Penelope is fairly unexciting herself. They could probably leave her out altogether and the kids would still be happy.
But, all in all, My two do like the programme, the gripes belong to me, and as it isn't aimed at me I suppose it's none of my business!
I can't believe I am actually letting my least favourite kids programme invade my thoughts this evening, in adult time, several hours after my baby has gone to bed, when I should long ago have switched from baby mode to grown-up mode!
But I have such a strong opinion on it, that it will probably be therapeutic for me in the long run...
Show Me, Show Me is a programme presented by Pui Fan Lee and Chris Jarvis aimed at very young children, and shown on CBeebies at 9.00am, and repeated sometime in the afternoon.
The dynamic duo live on the top floor of a ten storey building, where their dwelling includes a magical playroom, complete with some regular toys who make an appearance on every episode.
Mo Mo Bot the robot, Stuffy the squishy cube, Toddler Tom the felt doll, little knitted Miss Mouse and Teddington the teddy bear, always get up to mischief with one of them always missing at the start of the show, hence things kick off when Chris and Pui go on the hunt for the naughty little devil.
The format is simple, yet in my childs eyes at least, very effective. From the moment the theme tune begins, my one-year old is transfixed and seems to thoroughly enjoy getting caught up in the antics, which include, songs, dancing and stories.
The presenters are typical of childrens' tv - hyperactive, patronising, and very annoying. I could put them out of their misery with a smile on my face, but would not be very popular with my baby if I ruined the fun!
Dont get me wrong - parts of this show are inoffensive. I don't mind the 'Groovy Moves' slot, where Chris and Pui dance around the room. My daughter starts to bop along so she obviously loves it. I don't mind the interjection of a cartoon called Penelope.
What I have enormous trouble with is the section where the overbearingly upbeat presenters dress up as characters from nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep, and then insist on prancing around like petulant teenagers in a strop, in the guise of entertainment. Their high-pitched, dim-witted impersonations really aren't appealing in any way, shape or form.
But hey. Thats my view, and thankfully this programme isn't aimed at me. It's aimed at babies and toddlers who seem to adore every part of it, and in the programme's defence it has lots of educational aspects, especially when it introduces new words and concepts.
I just wish I didn't have to watch it, but I really could not deprive my baby as she's a big fan of the show. I have learned to switch off and leave her to it while she has breakfast now.
So while I would rate it one star, my daughter would probably rate it five, so in the interest of generosity and fairness I'm going for somewhere in the middle!
My daughters love Cbeebies and were both really sad when Poi and Chris stopped presenting on the channel and left to start doing a tv show on their own. I was so happy to see the return of both of them a few months ago. Their new show only on Cbeebies is now my 2 year old daughters favourite programme, Its called "show me show me.
The two presenters that children love Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee are back and hopefully for good though as my daughter would miss it terribly if the show went off air. Show me Show me is just like any other children's programme to be honest. It reminds me a lot of Tikkabilla and things like that. The show has quite a few catchy songs and dances.
When My 2 year old watches it she never keeps still. Doing the "groovy moves" dance is my favourite (not that I do it personally- honest) you are meant to dance around doing silly dancing then freezing for as long as they say. My daughter loved it.
Chris and Poi use set toys as characters in their stories and they always appear on the show they are the following, Miss mouse, Tom, Scruffy, Momo bot and teddington.
Each episode is about different things so at the beginning they will say "show me, show me......." If the episode is about flowers "........show me flowers" The who show will then be based on flowers so Poi or Chris will then tell stories about flowers or do arty and craft stuff based around flowers.
There are loads of different things that the show has. Its also shows a cartoon called Penolope about a teddy bear who has lots of adventures. There are lots of animation in the show which my dsaughter loves.
Sometimes I find the it a bit annoying at times. Especially when Chris and Poi put on different silly voices but I suppose its not aimed at my age group so I am not bothered as long as it makes my daughter happy.
Show me show me is aired daily on the Cbeebies channel which can be found on channel 71 on freeview
Show me show me a mum, dad or child that wasn't ecstatically happy to see Chris and Pui return to our screens a few weeks ago!! I think you'd struggle to find any! Don't get me wrong, we do like Alex and Cerrie (the new CBeebies presenters) but we certainly did go through a period of mourning when our beloved Chris and Pui moved on to pastures new lol So when we discovered that one of their new projects was a brand new programme for CBeebies we were all very happy indeedy!
'Show me show me' is essentially a very simple children's programme aimed mainly at younger pre-school children. It seems to have a calmness to it and is almost a little old fashioned in a way. But in a good way. The programme is filmed in a studio and is supposed to be at the top floor of a building with the opening credits taking you up in a lift while counting each floor that passes all the way up to 10. And again when the programme comes to an end, the lift arrives to take you back down again.
Throughout the programme Chris and Pui interact with their various cuddly toys and encourage children watching to do the same with their teddies. A different topic is covered in each programme so there is a theme that runs through the episode. For example, one is all about birthday parties. The ideas are simple but effective and really seem to engage children as well as entertaining them. There is also an educational aspect as you would expect from a CBeebies show - we learn about objects that float and sink in one episode where a teddy is getting ready to take a bath.
There is also an animation called Penelope featured in each episode of Show me Show me, which my eldest daughter particularly looks forward to. As well as the 'groovy moves' tune that we all like to get up and dance to!!
We really do like Show me show me in this house! It is a very simple format that seems almost reminiscent of shows I remember from when I was a child - think Playschool and older episodes of Blue Peter. It's fun learning that makes you smile and isn't as manic as many other kids shows - good stuff! And great to see Chris and Pui back on our screens :o)
If you'd have told me a few years back I would be writing a review on a childrens TV programme I would have laughed but since having my daughter we have grown well acquainted with CBeebies and its characters!
This review is about a new programme that my daughter loves (have to admit it's growing on me too!)
CONCEPT ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Show me show me is a playground high in the sky, at the top of a ten storey tower building and it claims to 'explore the magic of everyday by using stories and adventures to discover the world'
You just enter the lift, press the button, count the floors and let the fun begin!
PRESENTERS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee will be well known by CBeebies viewers as they used to present the links between the shows until a few months back. They co-created the show with producers from 'something special' and they interact very well together on the show, this is evidenced by the fact they're due to go over to America to co-present a pre school childrens show there.
CHARACTERS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Although Chris and Pui do a large chunk of the show they do use other characters to help them. These are:
Mo Mo Bot the robot
Stuffy the squishy cube
Toddler Tom the felt doll
Knitted Miss Mouse and
Teddington the teddy bear
SET ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The show takes place in a magical 'playroom' that is full of vibrant colours and exciting decor including a magical green tree, a gigantic tea cup and tables/cubes that look like giant slices of battenburg cake!
EPISODE FORMAT ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~
Each episode is based on 2 themes that have relevance to young children. Some recent examples are fish and jewels and kings, queens and seasides. All aspects of the episode involve these themes in some way.
Once you've arrived at the playroom after travelling and counting the floors in the lift Chris and Pui are there to welcome you by '10 worms wiggling , waving hello!'
They then say hello to the characters but one is always missing so they find him whilst asking the viewer to find theirs, this encourages the child to get their favourite doll/teddy and sit down together to watch the programme.
Then a child says 'show me show me...' whatever the theme is and they use a combination of rhymes, actions and video footage to talk about the theme. A really lovely part here is where the children make statements about their experiences or what they know about it, for example 1 little girl said that 'the queen has a cat!'
Theres a section called 'show me show your groovy moves' which is basically musical statues so both Chris and Pui dance around to the music with one of the other characters and then see who's first to move when the music stops. They encourgae the viewer to join in with them also.
The Choo Choo's also arrive at some stage in the proceedings and these little train like boxes bring art and craft type materials for one of the presenters to make things with.
There are 2 stories told throughout the episode, one is read by Chris or Poi and involves the other characters. The viewer is invited to 'sit down with a toy to listen to a tale that all can enjoy' Although the story is read there are still frame images to accompany it with the characters out and about in different situations. This story tends to tie the two themes of the show together.
The other story is when a child asks for 'show me show me Penelope' and this animated story uses cartoon like characters.
Penelope is based on the childrens books by Anne Gutman and she is a 3year old blue koala. The story is always related to one of teh themes and uses penelope, her friends and family to talk about life at home/school etc.
Another stage of the episode is when the lift dings for someone to enter 'the shop'. This visitor is out of a nursery rhyme, recent examples include humpty dumpty and twinkle twinkle. They obviously want to buy something and very cleverly this is normally related not only to the theme of the show but to the rhyme they're well known for!
AIMS OF SHOW ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The reason I have listed a lot of the content above is to highlight how the creators of the show are really trying to include something for every age and promote all the areas of play that children experience. These include imagination, creativity, active play and playful learning.
MY OPINION ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Initially I didn't really pay much attention to this programme but after seeing the effect it has on my daughter I soon realised it was to become a firm favourite! As soon as she hears the theme tune she is still and I can guarantee she will be kept out of mishief for the next 25 minutes or so whilst it's on!
After studying a few episodes (all in the name of research!) this show has definitely gone up in my estimation. I love the fact that it is trying to be educational to children, teaching them about different things in the outside world and yet it does so in a fun way, using rhyme, songs and stories - things that children respond best to.
The show is quite fast in its pace but it is really clever how every aspect of it is linked by the theme and this is all tied together at the end.
A lot of phrases are repeated in each episode and the format includes the same principles and I think this helps children engage in the show. Not only are they invited to participate in certain parts but having the repitition they will know whats coming up next and look forward to this. My daughters favourite part of the show is the Penelope story and as soon as she hears the music start she asks me 'see Penelope in a minute!'
The presenters are easy to watch (even as an adult, they're not to cringe worthy!) and have good on screen complatibility. You can see they really have put a lot into the show and it pays off!
In summary I never thought I'd wax lyrical over a childrens TV programme but thats what happens when you become a mom or dad! Obviously I wouldn't choose to watch this programme if my daughter wasnt around (although I have to admit CBeebies is still on sometimes when Ive put my daughter down for a nap and it takes me a while to realise I should be watching Home and Away or something!) but in terms of kids programmes I definitely think this one is up there at the top!
Keep smy daughter quiet for half an hour and is educational too, bonus!