04 March 2009

TV For Tots


My daughter knows how to watch TV now. I know it isn't good for her at such a young age, but I can't cover her eyes all the time my hubby watches TV. So, whenever she says "Watch" indicating she wants to watch TV, I let her watch a little Playhouse Disney Channel shows. This is a nice channel and there isn't any ad on toys or junk food. It is purely their shows. One of the favorite shows of Elhaym is the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, a 3D animation of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Clarabelle, Pete and some cute animals. It teaches kids to count, to identify which objects to use, and knowledge of shapes. It's pretty educational and she likes to dance to the Hot dog Song in the end. I am just a bit weirded out by the words Mickey is chanting while retrieving the Mouska-tool.
And then, there's My Friends Tigger and Pooh where Darby, her dog Buster, Tigger and Pooh play detectives called the Super Sleuths and solve the mysteries in the Hundred Acre Wood. They help out their friends like Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Lumpy, Kanga, Roo, etc with their problems. As usual, Elhaym enjoys the songs there.
It also has a musical show. A cartoon mixed with real sceneries called Little Einsteins. It features music from Classical musicians like Beethoven, Handel and Bach. And paintings from well-known artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Monet and Rousseau. They travel to parts of the world on Rocket Ship and fulfill missions. I like it when they exclaim "Mission Completion!!!" near the end.
I think this show is for ages 3 onwards or for a kid who recognizes letters of the Alphabet and then put together to form words. So, Elhaym does not fully appreciate it yet. But I will let her watch it when she does, and if it still airs. It's called Word World. It's educational as it teaches the kids to spell, to form words. It is 3D animated and it uses a unique technique of sticking the words close to each other then it becomes the object it spells out with the letters still visible on the object. And I also like the website, they have a 3D inteactive storybook and a narrator that reads out the rhyming verses. This is perfect for children who like to use the Internet, it also has games to keep them busy.
But then, our time spent blogging could be divided with our child, unless we get her her own laptop or desktop. If we cannot afford that, then stick to the TV perhaps?
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