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The Teletubbies is children's TV series which is primarily aimed at pre-school audiences and was produced between 1997 and 2001. During that time over three hundred episodes were made and each one lasted around twenty five minutes long. I think the length is a bit long for starters as I don't think a child's attention span is always that long to sit and watch a show. Having said that the characters and the way it was made would almost keep you transfixed in some of trance like state! The show itself revolves around the adventures of four colourful characters called Tinky Winky who is purple, Dipsy who is green, Laa-Laa who is yellow and Po who is red. They all live and play in a land called Tellytubbyland in a futuristic dome amongst a back drop of lush green hills and rolling valleys as far as the eye can see. They do things that all little children love to do like rolling about on the ground and laughing and running. There are also some very mysterious things that happen in this fantasy land like the TV screens they have in their bellies that they watch things on and things like pinwheels and telephones rising up out of the ground randomly. The show does have a cult following and if I can take a positive for you it's probably that the bright colours are very stimulating for young children and it's a cheerful enough show. However, I'm afraid for me I'd rather my children watch something else as I find it very irritating and annoying to be honest. The characters do not really speak in proper words and make strange sounds so I'm not too sure how educational this is for young children. It's just a bit too strange for me and I know it is popular amongst many but it's not really for me.
Teletubbies has to be one of the most annoying children's programmes on TV. It was shown on BBC and then Cbeebies. It was one that my children did like to watch so they must have had something appealing to young but for me I could not stand it! It was started in 1997 by Ragdoll productions (who also do Rosie and Jim, In the Night Garden to name a few) and it was finished filming in 2001. It followed the funniest looking and weirdest named creatures called Teletubbies. These were played by actors in over-sized plumped out costumes. Purple Tinky Winky was the biggest with a triangle shaped aerial thing coming out of his head. He is known to have his magic red bag (yes a boy with a handbag, don't get me started with the upset this caused). Dipsy was green with straight aerial whose favourite item was a huge black and white hat. Laa-Laa was yellow with a twirly aerial who loves to sing and dance and her favourite thing was a huge orange ball. Po is the small red one with a circle aerial whose favourite item is a scooter. They all have a TV tummy which they use to watch real children do normal day to day things. They live in Teletubby land in a house in a hill with noo-noo the hoover. They have a tubby custard making machine and a toaster that pops up smiley face toast. The show also has the baby face sun daily and funny lady who appears on occasions. My Opinion This has to be one of the weirdest children's shows ever made, purely because they didn't speak properly. This was supposed to mimic how a toddler spoke but what is the point of that? It would be better off talking normally in order for the toddler to learn to speak properly. They would be encouraging them to talk as they should. Saying 'Eh-oh' for hello is absolutely ridiculous! The narrator of the show helped them get the message across most of the time as to what they were doing or trying to say. Also the controversy over the sexuality of Tinky-winky was preposterous. It's a child's programme for goodness sake. They are not bothered whether he was gay straight and I am pretty sure that a 2 year old child is not going to automatically become gay because he saw a teletubby with a handbag! They don't even notice and to be honest most toddlers of any sex play with dolls and bags at one point or another, it's just role-play! Too many people high up getting on their high horse because they have read far too much into it. Saying all of the above I really did not like this show. Yes it was colourful and always sunny and playful but I just did not see any point to it at all. Yes my children did watch it and did enjoy it so it did catch a bit of their enjoyment criteria but I think more importantly it has to catch the attention of the adult in the first place to allow your child to watch it and unfortunately for me after a while I didn't like them watching it.
I'll be the first to admit that children's TV has always been a bit weird. Take the cherished childhood memories of the previous generation, who were brought up watching a psychedelic stop motion roundabout ride, a bunch of whistling space rodents, and the immortal Mr Noseybonk, a character who seems only a few tenuous steps away from committing mass murder. But that was nothing, and I mean nothing, compared to the surrealistic abominations our generation has been raised on. The Teletubbies is set in a livid and slightly creepy world, dominated by rolling green hills and four giggling biomechanical nightmares with insipid names, communicating with an intelligible mixture of vowel sounds and maniacal laughter. The Teletubbies, which look like beanie baby has been forced to mate with a television set, spend the majority of the time running around like buffoons and tormenting a sentient vacuum cleaner, ensuring to leave enough time to watch random children carry out everyday chores on each other's stomachs, and partaking in way too many group hugs to be considered healthy. Adding to the general weirdness of the show is surreal nature of the landscape, which is presided over by a baby that has been inexplicably trapped in the sun , and an oppressive overlord that barks orders through a series of metal mouthpieces that appear without warning. All in all, it's pretty much represents the genocide of reality. On the surface the Teletubbies seems like a harmless children's morning show, and knowing me I'm probably reading too much into it, but there is something about it that is downright disturbing. It might be eerie post-apocalyptic tones of the show, which seems to represent a dystopian future where all intelligent life has been mutated into a collection of insane voodoo dolls overruled by an unseen dictator, or the sickening cheeriness of the tubbies themselves, which seems so forced I half expect them to break out into a satanic blood orgy at any moment. I might have grabbed the wrong end of the stick here, but I always thought that children's television was designed to entertain and to educate, whereas the Teletubbies just seems to terrify and vegetate alternately. Whilst the shows of yesteryear might have been full-on trippy, if and when I actually have kids, I'd more rather that they watch re-runs of Bagpuss than have their minds pulverised by David Lynch's stint in toddler's TV.
Every morning when my baby wakes me up (at 06:30 grrr ...no lie in's for me), we toddle downstairs where he loves to sit and watch the Teletubbies whilst having his breakfast. The Teletubbies are Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po. They are round, soft, colorful childlike characters with a telly on their tummies, who live in Tellytubby land - a lovely place with green hills and bunnies roaming around. Each show is 30 minutes long - a little long to keep a baby's attention for the whole time - and at the moment they show on channel two or CBeebies - usually early in the morning. Most of the show is about the Teletubbies, and you will hear them talking and watch them playing and hugging. They speak in a kind of baby language which is a bit annoying to me but I can see why children like it as it's very easy to understand. Each show also has a part where a short recording is shown through the telly on the Teletubbies tummy. This is usually a clip of some kids showing us something. This part usually loses my son's attention as he still is only very young and is more drawn to bright colours and strange noises. My son's favorite part is the end of the show, when ''it's time for Tubby bye bye''. The closing sequence always has a big yellow sun in the sky - with a baby's laughing face in the middle. I'm not sure why but my little one thinks that it's hilarious!! I don't know exactly what it is about the Teletubbies that seems to mesmerize babies or small children - but it definitely does. It's a fun little program, without any fancy tricks or CGI - just nice, simple and cute. The Teletubbies themselves are like babies from another planet, but I'm not too sure if that is what they are meant to be?!
My grandkids love to watch CBeebies and most of the time I do not mind them watching a bit of TV but when it comes to the Teletubbies I am none too keen. The reason I do not mind them watching a bit of TV is that most of the CBeebies shows have a fair bit of educational value to them but the Teletubbies has none. The show is all bright colours and I have to admit there is one part of the show when they look into the TV and watch a clip that is educational but the language used by the Tubbies is all babyish language obviously aimed at a child's level but it encourages the child to copy this made up baby language rather than to develop their speech. The shows are all very similar too and only really the bit with the clip has any real difference to what the rest of the shows had and I don't see this repetition as being very good for the kids either. This show was first shown on TV back in 1997 and although production was ended in 2001 the shows are continuously repeated, as if they weren't bad enough the first time round! By all means let your kiddies watch CBeebies but when the Tubbies are on I would personally recommend avoiding them!
Teletubbies With three children under 5 I have seen many children's programs in my time and I am sure I have many more to endure. I have to say teletubbies is not one of my favour programs to sit down and watch with my children. If I had to bit I would watch some thing like me too or some thing special. But saying teletubbies is a good program for my children to watch by them self's why I get some jobs done (bad parent ) Teltubies is aimed at pre-school children (my children personally only really like this from 18 to 36 months). The show started in 1997 and is still shown today even they stopped producing it in 2001, meaning the shows shown today are repeats of the 365 episodes made between 1997 and 2001. The basic idea of the program is that four every colour characters: tinky winky (purple) dispy (green), laa laa (yellow) and po (red) who live in a futuristic dome. Telebubbies is set in green landscape with lots of hills with rabbits hopping around. The teletubbies are people dressed in the costumes they do not were clothes and all how a different shape aerial on there heads and a silver screen on there tummies. Each program the one teletubbie has their screen lit up to so a short film which normally is children doing an activity. This short film is played twice (I know this is good for children but drives me up the wall). Teletubbies talk a sort of baby language and so not say there words properly Hello is eh-oh and the teletbubbies use the phrase big hug a lot. Saying goodbye to the teletubbies seems to take for ever they all say bye-bye about 4 times each. Overall as stated before this is a great program for 18 to 36 months for mums who want to have 15 minutes peace or to get a few jobs done
The Teletubbies has been shown on BBC channels since 1997 and production stopped in 2001, however, the original shows are still being repeated and this means that all 4 of my sisters children have watched this at some point during their childhood. The Teletubbies are Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa & Po are purple, green, yellow & red (in that order) characters who have TV screens in their bellies and different objects on their head and they live in Teletubbie land in a Tubby dome which is located on top of a lush green hill. The Teletubbies will appear from behind various hills or from a large hole in the ground at the start of the show and they are pretty much always very friendly and cheery. They speak a babyish language such as 'eh-ho' meaning hello and I personally think it's really bad for children to be encouraged by a TV show to use this kind of language, especially if they are now learning to talk themselves. They are sometimes accompanied by Noo-Noo who is a kind of vacuum cleaner who hoovers up 'Tubby Custard' and miscellaneous other items and this is quite a cute little character that always makes me smile when I see it. Overall I think that this show is far worse than others available on the same channels for young children to watch as it doesn't have any educational value (that I can see) and it just teaches children to copy the stupid babyish language and if anything this could harm development (dependant on the child of course). It's not something that is shown regularly in my sisters house as the children do not watch much TV at all preferring to be active in the garden or local park areas. I would not recommend this for children or anyone else for that matter, it will drive you nuts and possibly make you want to set fire to your television set or something similar! I am therefore rating this 1/5 because it's not possible to give it a 0.
My 2 year old grand-daughter was talking plainly when we had last seen her. coming from the UA 6 months later, we were shocked at how "backward" she had become. Her speech was warbled, more like a chirrup than words, and she seemed to have a problem walking. She didn't take proper steps, she kind of jiggled along, wiggling her shoulders one side to the other with a weird shuffle of her feet. I was worried, and couldn't understand what might have happened to this child to reverse her development. I was actually worrying whether there might be something seriously wrong, like autism or something. Not to worry. All was revealed when, on a visit to me, she wanted to watch "Teletubbies" on the tv. By this time she was 3 and could at least make herself understood. Well - when the show came on there was the answer! She had modelled her speech on their pathetic warblings and her gait was also mimicking their movement. I could not believe how much damage this programme had done to her development. Unfortunately, she is now almost 5 and although her walking is now normal, some of the residue of the ridiculous chatter on this show remains. She tends to gabble when she talks, and her speech can sometimes be very unclear. I, for one, cannot believe that this happened. The show is a load of rubbish, but I also wonder how many other children it has harmed in the same way? How could they even consider this EDUCATIONAL TV?
A show for Children, so why am I reviewing it? Well teletubbies has been around for years, and its still being shown today meaning it must be a successful show. It's set in a meadow, large green hills with probably the most colourful and enlightening flower arrangements you could think of. 4 colourful characters each with very distinct and unique characteristics is great as it easily separates them so children can understand that they are different characters with different feelings and emotions which is important to child development. The show runs at a slow pace making it easy for children to follow and will be enjoyable for them. The characters themselves don't have very sophistication or clear language so a separate speaker box or narrator is used to back up or reinforce what's happening, what the characters are thinking or how the story is forming. This is essential to keep children entertained and not to become bored or confused with the show. Probably the only annoying thing everyone will hate, child or adult is when they replay the video clip from their television stomachs half way through the show which is not only boring, but tedious and time consuming. Adults may dislike the show for its slow pace and annoying features, but this show is aimed at children hence the description "Children's fantasy TV show.", I personally believe this is a great show for children and is worth a watch.
Thanks to DancingCopper, I have been given a challenge to write about the Teletubbies - not a challenge that I would take up lightly given that I'm not in the Teletubbies target audience, but one I will try for nonetheless, as I want to win and he has a challenge of his own (Button Moon!) and if I win, he has to post a picture of himself in a dress...too good an opportunity to pass up, plus I like a challenge, it has brightened my dull tuesday! Introduction to the teletubbies ************************* Produced by Ragdoll Productions this children's show started on the BBC in 1997 and ran through to January 2001. The show features four bright coloured alien type creatures (Tinky Winky, Laalaa, Dipsy and Po) played by actors in costume. The show is aimed at children around the ages of one and four and proved to be extremely popular - and not just with children of these ages! The four characters are joined in their strange world (where it seems the only "real" things are the baby in the sun and rabbits that look super-human and super large!) by Noo-Noo who appears to be their housekeeper and is shaped like a hoover and the baby in the sun -the face of a baby called Jessica but more about that in a moment! The 25 minute show is interspersed with them playing, saying "Eh-oh" along with various other baby speech sayings and activities and playing short films through the silver screens that are located on their stomachs. (see? Weird!) Each film is suitable for the Country it is being shown in (It has been hugely popular around the world) and shows activities that children are doing at school which seem to be immensely educational. Slightly Scary Sun-baby..... ********************** I almost laughed when DancingCopper suggested this to review, as like many people, I have heard of the teletubbies and I have indeed caught a couple of episodes back in the early days when I was at college. However, I have to say and ask my mum if you don't believe me - it really did scare the life out of me. I found those big lumbering costumes too much to bear quite literally, and most of all, the baby in the sun completely freaked me out. One episode I have just watched (to refresh my memory!) begins with the baby rising into the sky getting bigger and bigger, the baby laughing more and more manically. I'm sure that baby Jessica is a gorgeous little creature and her laughter is the most beautiful thing ever when you are seeing her in the flesh. However, I found this creepy beyond anything, how do children stand it without crying themselves?! Controversy *********** I had read on Wikipedia that the language of the Teletubbies has been developed due to the way in which children of this age talk and the programme is also done to match the short attention spans of the children. I have also read that this has caused a lot of controversy amongst "Educationalists", and quite frankly I can see why. The narrator will say "hello" and then the teletubbies will repeat - however what the teletubbies actually say is "Eh-oh" which has become somewhat of a catchphrase. Despite the argument that this is suitable for these children as they cannot pronounce the correct word, I don't believe that repeating "Eh-oh" will help them improve on their speech, surely this will only encourage them to speak more baby talk if their idols are also speaking this way? The character of Tinky-Winky also caused the Teletubbies to be centre stage with the World wide media, and especially with Religious Fundamentalists in America when it was first shown over there. Tinky-winky is a male teletubbies, purple with a triangle antenna on his head. Back in 1999, an American Reverend decided to "Out" Tinky-winky and say that the teletubby was gay - he wears the colour of gay pride, he carries a handbag and in one episode he dances around in a tutu. However, the outing of Tinky-winky surely isn't that bad! Reverend Jerry Falwell believed that showing the teletubby in this way was damaging to young children and promotes gay lifestyles. However, I don't think it would be damaging to children of this age at all, rather it might show that children should have some tolerance to people that might be different to themselves. Also, this is not the first time that this kind of thing has been misinterpreted - I can think of Rainbow for one instance - firstly I know when I was a child watching this I was never quite sure on George sexuality or even gender! Secondly, I remember several emails coming round years and years later which were scripts from Rainbow where there was an unbelievable amount of sexual connotation! I don't ever remember picking up on that as a child so I doubt very much that children today would pick up on it in Tinky-Winky either! Last thoughts ************ As a whole, I clearly don't like this programme, yes, its bright and the characters are lovely and bright for children, and I am sure its educational for the most part, but the language for children is not very encouraging. It is the most surreal programme for children I have ever seen in my life, I almost thought I had eaten/taken something funny looking at them all in bright colours with giant rabbits and as baby stuck inside a hot sun! I realise that from a childs point of view this characters are fun, and because a lot of what they say is repeated, it holds the childs interest and is picked up properly. However, from my adult perspective I just find this far too strange to comprehend, and it does quite frankly frighten the crap out of me! I don't have children however, but I can imagine that most children of that age really do love the teletubbies. I think If I had children, I would let them watch this but perhaps I'd be wary with all the baby language that is encouraged, I cant see how that helps with a babies progress at all, although I could be wrong! With regards to the comments about gay characters being portrayed in childtens shows all I have to say is - get a life!! There is always one person that reads too much in to childrens programmes. They should put things in to perspective, how much is a 3 year old going to realise that the big purple Teletubby is actually gay (supposedly, all claims denied!) anyway? It is truly ridiculous and sad when this kind of things happens and removes any magic left for shows like this.
Teletubbies is a kids TV show with a bit of a difference. It features four creatures of humanoid form (the Teletubbies), each with a different coloured suit completely covering them, leaving only gaps for the face, ears and a rectangular grey box on their tummies, which later in the show reveals itself to be a TV screen! On top of their heads, they each have a different shap, either a spike, a diamond, a circle, or a two pronged spike. If that wasn't strange enough, their names are Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po! Each episode features the four teletubbies as they live in their strange half underground half overground 'mound-hut', and are looked over by the sun, which appears as a normal sun save the fact it has a baby's giggling face in the middle! The first time I watched this I was at University, and it served more as surreal entertainment than anything else. The show's format first has a selection of the four Teletubbies roaming round where they live, performing strange acts, before their TV tummies give us a short video clip of kids in school doing interesting tasks and experiments, or interacting with each other. I understand that the aim of the programme is to appeal to kids' imaginations and help them enjoy learning and show them good moral examples from school, but I know that my 4 year old finds it more entertaining than learning, and he laughs at the screen when the show is on. However, this is short lived and he quickly loses interest in the show, especially as they show everything twice in one episode, preceded by one or more of the Teletubbies shouting 'Again!' in a squeaky baby voice. The only other things they seem to be able to say are their names and 'Eh-oh!' instead of 'Hello!' Overall, I find it hard to recommend this to anyone, although I can see how some would find it entertaining and educational for their young ones. It is to stimulate babies' and young toddlers' interest in learning and to give them an example of something fun before going to school, and in this sense I guess it kind of fulfils its promise, but in such a weird fashion that I can't quite grasp it, and nor can my son or my wife. The show is great for students who want a laugh when drunk, or very young kids for the repetition purpose, but for anyone else it's kind of lost.
The teletubbies have been around since 1997 and has come back into the limelight recently with the toys coming back in the shops and being shown on the telly too. My little boy loves the Teletubbies and we dont miss an episode.The teletubbies are shown on either bbc 2 weekday mornings at 6.30am or it is shown on the cbeebies channel at 3pm weekdays also. The show is about 4 colourful characters living in their lovely little house surrounded bu green hills with flowers & bunnies.While you visit the teletubbies in this lovely place we see them learning and playing all of the time.Its always sunny in the teletubbies garden and there is a smily happy baby up in the sun !! The teletubbies are called Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa & Po....not forgettting the other lovable character Noo Noo, he is a friendly little hoover who lives with them too. In each episode the teletubbies have a sequence where the teletubbies all run up a hill and lay down then their tummies light up in turn to see which tubbies tummy will play the a video.....the video is normally of children playing & learning different things and even though i think alot of children will enjoy this my little boy is not that keen.The video is also always played twice as the tubbies always shout out "again again". Each teletubbie has an item that they play with or intergrate into an episode alot of talk has been about one of them in particular..... Tinky Winky - has a purple handbag Dipsy - a cow print top hat Laa Laa - a big bouncy ball Po- a scooter Im sure you can guess which has been the talked about item....lol...these items are brought into the story alot and make for some very funny adventures.Also items arrive in the tubbies garden which also make for more fun adventures. The teletubbies inside their house get up to lots of antics which make my little one really laugh, they make tubby toast,tubby custard,sleeping or chasing noo noo around the house !! All of these things are accompanied by some entertaining sounds which yet again make my little one really laugh out loud !! The teletubbies speech is one thing that alot of people have complained about and to a certain extent alot of what they come out with isnt exactly perfect english but it keeps my little boy entertained and always wanting more. This show is great its just long enough to keep my little one entertained and learning at the same time.
Teletubbies has been running for a long time now and I can remember my 14 year old watching it when he was small.My other children are now 2 and 5 and they both watch it.They love it,specially my 2 year old.But I am not so keen on them purely because they do not talk properly and my son now says eh-oh instead of Hello,so I really feel that it does not do them any good in the sense of proper speech. I know that they have portrayed it because teletubbies are supposed to be for the ages of birth to 4 or 5 years of age,but if they were to talk abit more appropriate,then it would be a great programme. I however do love the fact that they sing alot of nursery rhymes and my children loves nu-nu for some odd reason.But apart from the speech problem,it is not too bad. I did find it a little disturbing when it first started to find they had Televisions in their tummy and arials stuck out of the tops of their heads and was not sure how the children would take it.But it seems to have paid of and made a big impact.
To tell the truth when I first saw the Teletubbies on TV I honestly thought that my eyes were playing tricks on me. Seeing 4 colourful characters with TV's in their tummies as soon as you get up is properly going to be a bit confusing. Once I had actually sat down and watched this it all became clear. I learned to quite like the Teletubbies and their wonderful little world. Even today after the Teletubbies have been around for several years, it is still as popular. My daughters love them. The Teletubbies consist of 4 characters which are Tinky Winky (purple one) Dipsy (green one) Laa laa (yellow one) and Po (red one). The teletubbies live in teletubbie Land underneath a big hill. They share their with a Hoover that is actually alive which cleans up after them, he's called Noo Noo. The sun also has a laughing baby within it and rabbits run freely on the grass. Every episode has a short film in it. This usually gets played through one of the teletubbies tummy TV's. One Teletubbie is chosen and the film is played. This is usually a short film of a child being crative etc. I do find it annoying that they have to show the film twice. You hear "again, again" once the film has been played and then it is repeated. I think the only things the Teletubbies eat is "tubbie custard" and tubbie toast. The Teletubbies also have a favourite item each, for example La la likes her ball. The Tletubbies have caused a stir in the past due to the way they talk as they are described as talking like babies and people have said that it will encourage children to copy them, therefore not talking properly. I think this is a bit silly as the Teletubbies main audience can't talk anyway. The Teletubbies is shown on Cbeebies everyday at different times. Also there is a large selection of toys to purchase. I really think the Teletubbies are great for the younger audience as it will keep them entertained while you have your jobs to do. The programme is full of colour and has music in it. I like that they teach nursery rhymes and also has some educational features . I think Teletubbies is an overall great TV show and not to be missed by smaller children.
Teletubbies..... Teletubbies is a children's TV programme that has been around a good number of years now. It is aired twice daily on the CBeebies channel. The programme Teletubbies was a big hit when it was first aired back in the early nineties. To date there is literally tons of merchandise sold to coincide with the programme and it is a big hit with children across the globe. It is aimed at pre-school children initially and the programme stars four characters, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po. They are each a different colour and slightly different size. The characters themselves are rather like mutated teddy bears and even though very strange looking are adorable in their own way. The characters have a different way of talking which resembles that of a small baby although they do make the occasional sense. Each character has a specific object that is favours such as a large bouncy ball, a cow print top hat, a scooter or a large red handbag. The Teletubbies live in a small garden type bunker, which is set in a lovely grassy knoll. There are beautiful flowers growing and wild rabbits bouncing around and the scene is almost idyllic. When the sun comes out the Teletubbies come out to play (inside the sun is a large head of a smiling laughing baby). The run around their garden jumping, bouncing and getting up to all sorts of crazy fun. The Teletubbies favourite food is of course "Tubby Custard!" which when they eat they often make a lot of mess. They are of course called the Teletubbies and this is for the reason they have a TV screen in their tummies. Through the programme, the main section is where one special chosen Teletubbies of the day will have a small film shown via the screen on their tummy. The film will often be of a child getting up to something. Such as a trip to the local farm ad the child petting animals. This clip will run for around five minutes and then the most annoying part happens. Once the film has finished the Teletubbies will all be shown and they will all shout in unison "Again, Again, Again!". For the next five minutes you have to sit through the same film that not even a few seconds ago you had just seen! This I find most frustrating although Jack never seems to be that bothered. Al in al though this programme is very watchable. The characters are loveable in their own mutated way. Although some of the language can be annoying and probably not the best thing for Jack to be listening to and trying to imitate it does have some appeal. It has to have got something right otherwise it would not be such a success. I would have to give this programme a good score of 5 stars and hope that it will continue to air for many generations of pre-schoolers to come! RECOMENDED!!!