Play School aims to encourage a child to wonder, to think, to feel and to imagine.
The programme shows two warm, caring people taking the time to be with one child. They address the child directly and personally. Into this relationship are woven the stories, songs and activities that form the fabric of children's culture.
Stomp around and give a great big roar - its time to become a dinosaur! Through songs, stories and craft activities we learn all about dinosaurs and imagine what the pre-historic world would have been like.
Over 2 hours of content.
I have fond memories of watching Play School as a child growing up here as does my husband growing up in Australia. When we saw that episodes of the Australian version were available we bought some for our daughters. These have been our youngest's favourite since she she turned two and now at 3.5 they are still requested a couple of times a week. Our DVDs are all much older than the Stomping with Dinosaurs although they all contain the same tried and true format and some of the same presenters.
The latest dinosaurs version contains many of the same songs that our earlier dinosaur DVD does but there seems to be more of an emphasis on fossils in the current one. It is safe to say that it is as much a hit with our girls as any of the other Play School ones they have seen. Both have some out with statements days after watching an episode that shows they have taken the information and thought about it.
As a parent and educator I love the balance that Pay School offers. There are stories, crafts, cooking, singing, dancing, drama along with the toys like Humpty, Jemina and the Teds. This variety means that the children are getting the information many different ways and aren't getting bored. Although the DVD contains five episodes the girls are seldom satisfied with just one.
I like how the crafts and cooking can easily be done using the things we already have in the home. It encourages the children to do more just sit and watch TV and gives me lots of great ideas to do with them. Next time we go to the beach we are going to make dinosaur footprints and tomorrow we will be experimenting with making impressions with objects in the pay dough. These are sure to spark lots of discussion that will extend their knowledge and vocabulary as well as get them thinking.
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