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Time for the teletubbies
Member Name: jessyclown
Date: 11/09/01, updated on 11/09/01 (436 review reads)
Advantages: enjoyed by children, encourages play
Disadvantages: not aimed at parents
I wanted to get on with my work this morning and my little girl wanted to be entertained. What was I to do? How could I put my washing out and wash the dishes with my little one making such a fuss? It was not going to be easy. I then noticed that it was 10 o'clock. I then remembered that 10 o'clock means Teletubby time.
I do not generally put my children in front of the television and leave them but this time it seemed the best thing to do!
The first thing you see is a sun rising above the horizon with a baby’s face giggling. This catches the attention of my babies. It is a well-known fact that babies are fascinated with faces. My daughter was caught and I could leave her for a few minutes to get on.
You have arrived in Tellytubby land which is a green hilly area with trees in the back ground, lots of brightly coloured flowers and rabbits running all over the place. In the middle of Tellytubby land is a mound which is their home.
Have you ever had a redundant showerhead? This makes an excellent toy for Teletubby fanatics as it can tell you it is time for the telly tubbies, just like in the programme. The showerhead is a loud speaker system around the land telling the tellytubbies what to do.
Have you ever had one of those windmills, which can be made out of a piece of paper on a stick? This is another Telly tubby accessory. As the windmill blows round you know that something is going to happen.
There are four characters who dominate this programme the Tellytubbies. These are just four big soft toddlers. They have such imaginative names. Tinkywinky, Dipsy, Lala and Po, names which have become part of the every day language of children in the last 5 years. On their tummies these brightly coloured characters have a television screen and on their head an individually shaped antenna.
The high light of the program is when the Telly tubbies become televisions. Who is it going to
be? Each time one becomes a television he becomes the centre of attention, as with all toddlers the others are disappointed. They soon settled down to watch a programme. These consist of some children with something to show you. It could be someone doing a job, or counting or looking at something in nature. In case you didn't get the full details you get to see it again.
The rest of the programme consists of these Teletubbies playing around their land. They could play ball or chasing around, hide and seek. They often find something and explore. Sometimes there are processions of animal. Some times you go inside their home and see noonoo the cleaner or the tubby toast maker. You get to see the life of a telly tubby, which in many ways is just like a child’s life.
This programme is well pitched at young children. I have found children from about 9 months old enjoying part of this programme. They do soon loose interest so only watch a few minutes. As they get older they watch more of the programme and then play out different parts.
Tellytubbies is a 20 minute programme, just enough to keep a little child’s imagination. This morning I was surprised to find that they put on two Tellytubbies programmes back to back. One programme is quite long enough for the children it is aimed at so I could see no reason for two.
As an adult I find these programmes repetitive and not worth watching but I have watch my younger children enjoying Tellytubbies so I can not fault it.