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I have to be honest, the Tweenies really helped me to keep my sanity during the first couple of years of becoming a mother. I have to admit, if it wasn't for the half an hour of sheer bliss when the show would occupy my children. I think I would have cracked up.
The show is a fun filled, colour extravaganza which mixes music and songtime. With a little story. It also follows the day to day goings on in a children's day nursery. There are four children in this nursery. Bella, fizz, Milo and Jake. These are represented by colourful characters which have funny hair and huge feet.
I love the way, that there is something for all children within the show. There is singing and dance. There is craft activities and story time. They very often show a short film of where something is manufactured or a festival of some sort. I think that this show has an amazing ability in helping a small child to grasp certain things, whilst having fun. They often use letters and numbers within the remit of the show. By gently introducing the children to numbers and letters they are getting gradually more used to the concept of reading and counting.
Not only does this show help a child to learn letters and numbers. It also teaches the child the importance of being kind and using good behaviour such as sharing and being more tolerant to others. Each character on the Tweenies is very different. I think this is important as it allows children to explore different personalities and understand that not everyone has the same opinions or feelings.
I have to admit, the more I have watched this show, the more I have grown to dislike the character of Bella. This is the character with the blonde hair. She is bossy, spoilt and a real brat. Fizz is a sweetheart who is very soft and girly. Jake and Milo are equally always up to mischief, doing boys things like climbing and being silly. I think by introducing characters such as Bella, to pre school children, it is helping a child to realise the importance of being kind and not selfish. My children used to say, "she is not nice is she mammy?"
Apart from the children, there are also a few other characters within the show. There is Doodles the bright red dog with yellow spots. He is cute and cuddly and loves the children. There is also Uncle Max a wise old uncle who sings songs to the children, reads stories and generally keeps order within the house. There is also a softly spoken woman character who also helps to run the nursery.
I love the bright decor of the nursery, It is so colourful and stimulating. Within the show there is often lots of costume changes as the children act out a song or a story. This again provides visual stimulation as the costumes are always bright and sparkly.
I think this show is so valuable in introducing children to the prospect of a nursery environment. It also teaches them that it is important to have friends outside of the family environment. I think this show is quite fundemental in preparing children for the emotional relationships they will develop with others.
Although this show is aimed at pre school children. My daughter still has a sneeky peek and she is 9. I think this is because it is a high energy, bright and stimulating show. Which always has an undercurrant of a good story running through it. Each show will have an underlying message such as the importance of sharing or the importance of not lying. I think these provide valuable visual examples to children of the consequences of being mean.
This show is aired on cbbc daily. However it can also be seen on bbc1 and bbc2. I would certainly recommend this show to anyone who has a pre school child. If only for the pace and quiet it will give you to enjoy a quick cup of coffee before the bedlam starts again!!
If your child is intrested in tweenies, they have a major merchandise market. I have bought quite a few tweenies items. From hairbrushes to pyjamas to school lunch boxes. You name it there is probably a tweenies sticker on it!!
Tweenies is a children's programme shown on cbeebies. It is a show that my children grew up with and absolutely adored. So much so that I drew the characters on their bedroom wall!
It features four main characters Milo, Jake, Fizz and Bella who we see mostly in the nursery they attend. The nursery is run by old Max and Judy and they have two dogs Doodles and Izzles (It did start with just Doodles) these are played by adults in overly sized costumes.
The show is aimed at pre-schoolers although my children loved it from as soon as they were interested in TV. I can vividly remember my daughter in her walker sitting in front of the TV bouncing around the tweenies theme tune.
Bella is the bossy one who likes to control everything, Milo is the joker, Jake is the young one who is still learning and trying to keep up with the older ones and Fizz is the pinky girly girl who loves fairies and ballet.
The show goes through in a similar way most of the time. It has the tweenie clock which stands in the middle of one side of the nursery. It is shaped like a flower with 5 options on it and one of the tweenies presses the middle button to see where it stops. The options are 'Messy play' Story time' 'telly time' 'song time' and 'news time'. The show normally starts with a song and the tweenies sing and act the song out. Other parts of the show include situations like how to share (showing Bella and Fizz fighting over a doll perhaps) and generally showing children rights and wrongs. Other shows give the children an insight into other things like the police or the weather. They have also had shows where they have had an outing to the zoo or the park or the canal etc. This is quite fun to see as Max and Judy have had to be made bigger than your normal adult so the size is in contrast with the toddlers they look after so when they go outside into the real world they have to change things a bit.
The show is entertaining to the children with the music and dancing but also has educational value with colours and numbers and teaching morals etc. My children did love the songs though and so I had to buy the video (yes video!) of the tweenie songs and dance routines (and boy did I regret that with them wanting to play over and over) We then reverted to the CD so they could listen to it upstairs.
The thing I like the most above the majority of the pre-school programmes is that they are not patronising. Some of the shows we watched like Tikkabilla and Mr Tumble for example were a bit like they were talking to a brain-dead chimp!
It is a very interesting programme for young children and often shows the behaviours that they may come across in their normal life when they start school and how they can deal with it and their emotions.
There has also been a number of shows called 'Be safe with the Tweenies' which show things like the dangers of leaving toys around, matches, electrics, road safety, knives, scissors, cooking in the kitchen and so on. I think these types of shows are imperative and put into children at a young age should stay with them.
Overall I think The Tweenies is a great pre-school show that isn't too bad that it would get on adults nerves. The set is very colourful, as are the characters and has entertainment and education in equal measures so it won't bore the children away!
I have been watching the Tweenies for the last 5 years as my youngest brother is a huge fan. After being driven mad by the ridiculous voices of the teletubbies and the repetitive storylines I was dreading having to sit through a similar programme. HOWEVER! The moment I sat down to watch the Tweenies with him I was hooked! To my great delight they actually spoke proper English and it seemed to be a very educational program but enjoyable to. I am going to break this review into sections to make it easier to read, so here we go...
WHAT IS THE TWEENIES?
The Tweenies consists of 8 main characters. Bella, Fizz, Jake and Milo who are children at a playschool run by Judy and Max and there is the well loved dog called Doodles (all of the characters are adults in costume). During their day at the playgroup the Tweenies take part in various activities as well as overcoming problems and issues which are common to playschool children such as arguments, friendships etc. Tweenies is aimed at 3 - 6 year old children and uses suitable language, which children can understand, but it also helps them to learn new words and processes. Both the characters and the settings are very bright and colourful and each character has a very different personality so children can relate to them well.
The Tweenies activities are based around the 'Tweenie clock', which is like a large flower, and each petal has a different activity category. One of the tweenies presses the middle of the clock and a category is lighted up.
There is song time, messy time, story time, news time and telly time.
Song time - during song time the tweenies will sing and dance to a song which the viewers can join in with. Most of the songs are well known and well liked by the target age group.
Messy time - This is the craft time where the Tweenies make something for example, birthday cards. It shows simple and safe ways of making fun things.
Story time - The Tweenies sit down quietly together and are read a story by either Max or Judy. The stories are usually interesting and the Tweenies make comments during the book the same as a real child would and they also ask questions which are answered by whoever is reading the story.
News time - This is usually at the end of the programme and it basically summarises the Tweenies day at the playschool and goes over what they have learnt or experienced in the day.
Telly time - this is where the tweenies sit round and watch something on the telly, this is normally educational such as the process of something happening.
Bella is the bossiest character; she is the eldest of the children and she likes to act grownup for her age and pushes her own opinion on to the others quite often without realising. Bella has bright yellow hair and wears yellow dungarees on top of a red t-shirt and she wears red shoes.
Fizz is a gentle and girly character. She loves the colour pink and likes to dress up as a princess. Fizz is quite a sensitive character and is the one who gets most upset by the rows and fallouts. Fizz has brown braided hair with beads in the end and wears a pink dress and pink shoes.
Jake is the youngest and is very loveable. He loves to play action games with the others and pretend he is 'Dotman'. Being the youngest Jake sometimes finds things harder to grasp than the others and sometimes gets teased. Jake wears blue shorts and a blue top covered with large yellow spots.
Milo is my favourite character, he is probably the boldest and most energetic. He is very friendly and humorous. He loves joking and he uses the word 'mate' and 'faberooney' often which amuses me!! Because of his energy Milo can sometimes get into trouble while trying to be over helpful! But he is very caring towards the others and Doodles. He has spiky hair and wears a blue top and shorts.
Max is one of the carers at the playschool, he is quite old and comes across as a granddad type figure who enjoys assisting the children with their crafts and reading them stories and joking with them. Max has grey hair and a bald patch and dresses smartly in a waistcoat and trousers.
Judy is the main carer of the children and she is probably in her 30s. She is calm and patient with the children but also encourages good behaviour and good relationships. Judy has her hair tied up and wears a pink fleece and black trousers.
Doodles is a large red and yellow dog who plays with the children and makes the odd amusing comment.
In my opinion the Tweenies is very good for many aspects of children's development. Now comes my slightly psychological analysis of it all which I hope doesn't bore you all to tears!!
Educational - The Tweenies enhances children's educational development, as they are constantly learning new concepts and ideas.
Language - Unlike the teletubbies and some other programmes for the preschool age group , the Tweenies encourages the children to develop their language skills. If one of the Tweenies pronounces a word wrongly they are corrected by one of their friends or one of the carers. The Tweenies are also often introduced to new words and their meanings by the adults, which children will pick up on.
Relationships - The four friends show many of the different sides to relationships, such as the trust, arguments, playfulness, consideration and problem solving. Children only learn about relationships by observation and by watching good friendships as well as the relationships with the adults (ie respect and politeness) their social development will be enhanced.
Moral - The Tweenies regularly come across moral dilemmas, which are relevant to preschool children such as not owning up to doing something etc. The consequences of such incidents are dealt with well and helps children develop a sense of morals related to issues which are relevant to them.
Emotional - Children also get to see the range of emotions expressed by both the adults and the children and what causes these emotions and how they are dealt with in the social environment and this is something which will help children understand the people around them more.
Overall I think the Tweenies is a fantastic programme and is well suited to its target age group. Each show is interesting and not repetitive which keeps the children engrossed in it. It encourages the children to interact with the characters by joining in the songs and dances. Each show contains a wide range of activities and issues, which provides a good storyline as well as the educational qualities. The characters are realistic in attitude and behaviour which enables the children to relate to them and learn from them easily. I think the design of the characters and setting is ideal and I cannot recommend this highly enough for young children! Infact I still watch it occasionally on my own (blushes!) because after 5 years of getting to know the characters I now actually quite enjoy it!!!
The Tweenies first hit our TV screens many years ago and seemed to be riding on the back of the success of similar program 'the Teletubbies', but you have to give credit where credit is due and for me this is a better progam for my child than 'The Teletubbies'.
The Tweenies follows the adventures of Bella, Milo, Jake and Fizz as they embark on learning life the fun way. They are well assisted and educated along this journey by the much older and experienced Max and Judy. They also find time to look after and entertain their pets Doodles and Izzles. All in all the Tweenies are one big happy family and that can only be a good mix for spreading positive vibes to your young child. I know this has had an effect on my 2 year old daughter and I intend to use the show to entertain my 2nd child later this year.
The Tweenies offer that often saught after blend of education and entertainment in fine style and are responsible for many a song that my daughter now comes out with at random intervals. Her particular favourite at the moment is 'Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose...' and you know where she got her dance moves from don't you... yes, you've guessed it... the Tweenies.
Milo, Fizz, Jake and Bella all have their own unique attributes which I think helps to encourage children to be themselves and not worry about what people think they should be. The way the characters are put together is really impressive and, although they are obviously human beings in costumes, the way the eyes interact and react to their surroundings is really impressive.
There have now been countless spin off DVDs and soundtracks that solely feature the Tweenies and a CBeebies compilation album would just not be complete without a rendition from these fine entertainers. If only Jake could sing.
For a show of this nature to have been going as long as this proves that the blend of everything necessary for your child is just right and their can be no higher accolade than that. I won't hesitate to recommend this show over any other of its kind to anybody.
I love this Cbeebies programme. It's about 4 main characters that go to nursery and what they get up to. There is Milo, Fizz, Bella and Jake and the 2 carers Max and Judy. I can't forget Doodles the dog. Justin Fletcher is the voice for both Jake and Doodles (he seems to be in loads of Cbeebies programmes in one form or another!). They have a Tweenie clock and they say "Tweenies clock where will it stop?". The clock then lights up the activity that they are going to do It could be "Song time", " Messy time" "story time" and a few other options. It tends to start with song time which could be a nursery rhyme, the music man, or something similar. The songs tend to be catchy and my son loves them. They often have story time where Max reads the 4 kids a story. Each episode has a theme / message behind it ie, once they had a theme "to tell the truth and not blame someone else". The kids love it - even the theme tune is catchy
Sitting with my neices and nephews watching cbeebies gets quite boring watching such as in the night garden macca pacca all sorts.
But i must say i do love it when the tweenies come on i find it educational for the children and fun at the same time.
The characters are grandad fizz bella jake and milo,and they have two dogs doodles and izzles.
On this childrens programme they have story time and a magic clock which they take in turns to do and get a choice of such as,game time,messy time,song time,story time,news time,tweenie time and telly time.I find telly time is also very good for learning to.
i find the news time very good as it gets your child learning whilst watching and i find my neice does alot the tweenies do and now she likes a story time at home.
Song time children can join in whilst they sing a song and my other nieces just love tweenie time to be honest i wish tweenies were on more often.
The play in the garden and home and dress up and ask your child to join in which i find very good as my niece loves to join in with the tweenie time and copy there funky moves.
The Tweenies is a kids TV show shown on CBeebies on a regular basis. It features a number of 'puppeted' characters, played by people wearing fabric suits and masks. The show tells a different story each episode but features four 'children' who go to nursery and learn something new each day.
The four kids are Bella, Jake, Milo and Fizz, each of them a different colour and with different coloured hair as well. They are looked after by Max and Judy and the big cuddly dog Doodles! Each episodes features the four kids at nursery, and there is always a moral gto the story or some important for the kids to learn about sharing or learning in some way.
The Tweenies often have songs and ideas for games, such as Copy Me Do, where each character choose an action and the others, as well as us as viewers, copy them. There are also parts where they encourage participation with us at home as well, and I like this aspect. The whole show is geared to show kids how nursery and school and learning can be fun at the same time, and how it's worth doing and what important lessons you can learn from each day.
My son has loved watching The Tweenies for the last few years. He has now moved onto other programmes as his favourites, and he is now at school, and has experienced nursery, but if it is on he still enjoys it, and I must confess it's quite nice to watch with your child as well. You can join in some activities or encourage your child to, and it's nice to see kids' TV shows having a moral to tell or an important lesson to impart.
I recommend this for parents. The only problem is that they tend to be repeated quite often, but this is the case with most TV programmes, so it's nice to have options. A clever TV programme.
We've had tueltubbies. Great for babies but what we needed was something for the kids when they hit the terrible twos and need something that can keep them occupied even if it is only for 20 mins at a time.
Welcome Tweenies. Fun filled for 20 mins bliss for parents and kids alike.
It is all about friendship and it really shows kids the ups and downs of life.
It's not overly educational but at the end of the day a good sing song and a nice storytelling is all kids want.
My daughter loves the Tweenies, she really relates to the characters. We have quite a few videos and they have all been watched over and over again.
It encourages her to dance sing and be active as all kids should be without me having to dance too. (Don't have that much energy.)
The show itself is mainly aimed at the under-5's, playschool/nursery age children, but many many older children enjoy it too, they like to follow Bella, Milo, Fizz and Jake through their day at The Tweenies, my kids really love it when they go out and about, they also enjoy the stories that Max tells.
The Play safe with the Tweenies episodes were also a really good idea.
You can find it some mornings on BBC2 and daily on cBeebies sky channel 617 freeview 71. Usually three times a day on here but they are the same episode. Not sure of the times.
Introduction The Tweenies first arrived in the World in 1998, around the same time as my second son. Still high on the success of the Teletubbies, the BBC decided to ride the wave of enthusiasm in pre-school television for longer. So the multicoloured four arrived, danced, sang and generally created a stir. It is worth noting that although they never did reach the levels of "tubby-hysteria", they quickly carved out a niche as a major force in pre-school entertainment. Unlike the Teletubbies, which is aimed at babies and toddlers, the Tweenies sets its sights on true "pre-schoolers", appealing mainly to the 3-4 age group. The feel of the programme is more educational and the characters more sophisticated and eloquent! The Tweenies are a group of colourful and interesting characters, the parts are played by adults in costume. The two adult roles being taken by a 7ft actor to help create the correct proportion. It is set in a colourful building with beautiful props and magical scenery. The attached garden gives another dimension and features an enormous slide. Lets Meet The Tweenies! The main characters compose of four children of pre-school age, they attend a playgroup run by Max and Judy who have a friendly dog named Doodles. Bella: The eldest of the children, she is extremely bossy and forceful with her opinions. She is sometimes a little patronising to the younger children, but is kind and a great source of pertinent advice. Bella has Yellow hair and wears trendy dungarees and big red shoes. Milo: He is the elder of the two boys, he is extremely outgoing, friendly and enthusiastic. He is the joker of the pack, with his habit of adding "''Rooney" at the end of expressive words, for example, "mega-rooney," "glitter-rooney" and most famously "Faberooney!" Milo likes to be hel
pful, but this often leads to trouble, he has spiky hair and wears a blue shirt and jeans. Fizz (Felicity): Fizz is a gentle soul who loves all things pink, she is upset by arguments and unfairness, and is prone to sensitivity. Wearing a pink dress and braided hair, Fizz is a true girly-girl. She enjoys inventing new dances and showing them off to her friends most of all. Jake: Jake is the baby of the bunch, he has a yellow mohican and wears blue shorts and a top covered in big yellow spots. As the youngest of the group he is often teased and is prone to getting things a bit muddled. Jake has an alter-ego in the form of "Dotman", who, complete with a cloak of colourful dots aims to ensure a colourful World. Jake is the favourite in my house. Judy: Judy is the female playgroup leader, she is young and trendy in a hippy-chick style, wearing a pink smock and grey trousers. Judy is kind and patient with the children, often thinking of ways to entertain them, she has a more practical outlook on life than Max. Max: Max is a kindly middle-aged chap with a balding head where only white hair remains. He likes to wear a waist-coat and sensible trousers, for a smart approach. As the male playgroup assistant he helps the children with painting and art activities. He often jokes with the children causing great hilarity. Doodles the Dog: A large red dog with yellow stripes. He is a popular playmate to the children and they are very fond of him. One other thing , Doodles can talk which promotes his character to a whole new level. Life at the Tweenies' Playgroup After studying some episodes of the series recently I have drawn the conclusion that the episodes fall into two distinct categories. Type one revolves around the Tweenie clock. This is a large object resembling a flower with five petals. Each "petal" is labelle
d with a differe nt a ctivity as follows, "song time", "messy time", "telly time", "story time" and "news time". The characters take it in turn to press the centre of the flower while chanting the phrase "Tweenie Clock, Where will it stop!" the petals light up to select a category and the episode moves on from there. Conveniently "song time" is usually the first selection enabling the show to open with a catchy song and dance number, "news time" comes at last and provides the opportunity to summarise the episode. The second style of episode is a more recent development, a topic is selected, this can be anything from canals, fairies, stain-glass making or the police force. Max or Judy are then dispatched to the real-world to find out more. This includes footage of relevant places and situations, the children and other characters are then seen back at the playgroup interacting with the filmed footage. I personally prefer this style as it is more educational and less frenetic than the other. My summary I like the Tweenies I have now decided, I admit they have had to grow on me though. I am ashamed to admit when they first appeared I was worried they would steal my beloved Teletubbies' thunder. They have not, they are actually aimed at a different age group. It is a very fast moving programme, I have heard some people complain that it is too "busy" a programme, but this is a style it can carry-off well. The characters are endearing and appealing to the target audience, the actors do well as adults to become childlike, but never patronising. Probably the most stunning thing about the programme are the song and dance routines. The choreography is impressive, but not over-complicated. They perform an enormous collection of songs ranging from nursery favourites, more modern children's songs to original stuff writt
en for the show. The original songs include ballads and "pop" numbers and are worth listening too . My little boy started school this year, his pre-school days left behind. I am glad that the Tweenies have postponed graduation for a few years at least! You can catch the Tweenies at the following times: on CBEEBIES (BBC digital channel for children) Sat-Sun - 7.30am, 9am, 9.40am,11.40am, 1pm, 1.40pm, 3.40pm, 5pm and 5.40pm BBC2 weekdays at 10am
One of things I looked forward to most about my daughter growing from a baby to a toddler was watching her dance about in front of the television and singing along with her favourite characters. Her first fascination was with Bear In The Big Blue House, that was until she discovered Milo, Bella, Fizz, Jake and Doodles, along with their carers Max and Judy, collectively known as the Tweenies. I have become a Tweenies fan too. I like that fact that they are entertaining, but unlike my arch enemies The Teletubbies, they are educational and they speak correctly too! They show emotions, they play, they bicker, they are naughty and they are scolded. Tweenies are ideal for pre school children (and many adults) who are starting to find their voices and need to increase their vocabulary. The programme focuses on Jake, Milo, Bella and Fizz, but also include Doodles and Izzles, who has only appeared recently, and they are dogs, and then the token 'adults' are Max and Judy, who supervise the playgroup. All of the Tweenies have different characters, Bella is quite forceful and bossy, whereas the other girl Fizz is quite passive and shy. Of the boys, Milo is very confident, whilst Jake is the youngest in the group and often feels left out. The programme follows a different theme each time, and the activities focus on the Tweenie clock, which is pressed to decide which activity they will take part in. My daughter especially loves music time, but there is also story time, messy time, telly time and news time. The songs include favourites such as 'Wheels on the bus', and 'A Sailor went to sea', but there are many others which you will come to know and love. There are counting and spelling programmes, and then programmes which focus more on emotions and situations. There is an excellent balance. The sets are bright and eyecatching. Tweenies are anamatronics, there is a person in the suit, but also a person behind the scene
s who controls the head movements. My daughter has rapidly learned the words to so many songs, and her face ligh ts up when they are on, and the words 'Hey Hey, Are you ready play' can be heard. The show has had a lot of input from child psychologists in order to ensure it has the right effect with the chosen audience. Tweenies are on CBeebies, BBC1 and BBC2, timings vary. There is also a BBC website which is very interactive and full of some excellent features, games and karaoke Tweenies songs. You can find it at http://bbc.co.uk/education/tweenies/
Well here I sit on a Wednesday afternoon, writing and reading opinions here on dooyoo. Now for those of you who have read a little bit about me, you will know that we have becomes a huge family, and overnight! With 4 kids under 7 adopted this year. So I have very quickly and suddenly had to learn 'how to be a Mum'. There was none of this 9 month business, where I would have had time to research, shop, prepare, and get used to the idea. No...not me....one day it was just Me and Hubby, next day we had a whirlwind of little people whooshing all around us. But what has that got to do with the Tweenies??? Well how else do you think I've got time to sit and look through DooYoo???? Yep...that's right....it's all thanks to the Tweenies!!! They have saved me!! The Tweenies...ie. Bella, Fizz, Jake, Milo, who attend a day care run by Judy and Max, not to forget Doodles the Dog....are my saviours! If I'm going mad...pulling out my hair, and on the verge of being dragged away screaming in a little white coat, what do I do.....why put on the Tweenies of course! This turns the 4 little cyclones into these cute little all singing all dancing, grinning little people, who are happily being educated without knowing it. The Tweenies teach them songs, dances, about life (like when Fizz hurt her arm and went to casualty, and met a lovely Nurse!), good manners etc... They lead by example, and make it obvious when bossy little Bella is 'not being nice' and how she could be a lot nicer. It's great! So when one of my kids is not being their sweet usual little self, the others remind them not to be like Bella!! There has been a lot of marketing merchandise around the Tweenies, but I don't mind, because it's bright, colourful, reasonably priced and great to have around the house. I would much rather my children form an attachment to one of these lovely characters, thans some violent Power Ra
nger! It also makes for great decorating for a kids room too! This would have to be one of the most enjoyable, harmless, educational, fun, colourful, addictive and morally admirable kids shows on TV, and all 6 of us love it. If you've never seen it, tune into the BBC and see for yourself...you don't have to have kids to enjoy it....I sometimes sneakily watch it on my own anyway!!
Fab-a-rooney! Come on it’s almost time for the Tweenies!! No don’t worry I haven’t gone mad – well not completely anyway………yet. It’s just everyday at 9am I am forced to switch on the television to BBC2 for the first of several doses of the Tweenies. So what is the Tweenies?? The Tweenies is a show for pre-school children produced by the BBC, set in a playgroup. There are 7 characters in the show 4 children, Bella, Milo, Fizz and Jake, 2 Adult, Max and Judy, and dog called Doodles. Bella. She’s the oldest of the Tweenies – almost 5 years old – and she often shows that she knows this by being a little bossy. She wears yellow dungarees, red boots and has blonde hair – her skin colour is blue. Milo. He’s 4 years and has quite an imagination, which often sees him rushing around and being a little clumsy at times. He’s always seen wearing white boots, blue trousers and top, short spiky hair and his skin is purple. Fizz. She’s 3 years old – but almost 4 – and is a ‘real’ little girl. She loves anything pink, or sparkly and is best friends with Bella. She’s always wearing pink boots and a pink dress, she’s got red hair and yellow skin. Jake. He’s the baby of the group – who’s almost 3 – and as such talks like someone who’s still very ickle. He loves singing the songs (although gets muddled up on the actions sometimes). He’s always wearing his blue boots, blue shorts and blue top. His skin is orange and his hair a very distinctive yellow crop of hair. Judy. She runs the playgroup and looks after the children with Max. She’s a very kind ‘motherly’ person, always brining back presents for the children when she goes on trips. She’s usually wearing her pink boots, brown trousers, and pink top. She’s got red hair and pale yellow skin.
Max. He helps Judy to run the playgroup. Doodles is his dog, and he’s had him since he was a puppy. He’s an older, almost grandfather type figure. With his brown boots, brown dungarees and white top, along with pink skin and white hair he’s not hard to spot. Doodles. He’s Max’s dog and is 6 years old – middle aged in dog years. He likes all the Tweenies and hates it when any of them are sad. He’s a rather striking red and yellow coloured dog – so he’s not hard to identify either. At the start of every show the Tweenie Clock is pushed and who ever pushes it says “Tweenie clock, where will it stop”. The Tweenie Clock isn’t really a clock, infact it looks more like one of those modern baby toys with flashing lights. Basically the idea is that when the lights stop flashing it will show them which activity they will be doing next. This can be one of six activites – Songtime (usually the first thing in the show), Messytime, Newstime, Tellytime, Storytime or Surprisetime. Songtime. This, not surprisingly, is when the 4 children (and sometimes Doodles) sing a song. They have a fairly large collection of songs that they sing, with actions, although they do tend to come round quite often. The sorts of songs they sing include: The wheels on the bus, The run-away train, Twinkle Twinkle, Rhythm of the Music and many others. This section of the programme is great for kids of all ages – it doesn’t matter whether they’re still under 1 or whether they’ve just started school – they’ll be able to appreciate something about it. The younger ones (like my son) will probably just enjoy the strong rhythms and beats that are used, while the older ones will be able to join in with the words and actions. They sing most of them twice so that if you child doesn’t get the actions first time round….they have another shot at it.
Messytime. This part of the programme is when the Tweenies make or paint something. In shows I’ve watched they’ve made finger puppets, painted pictures, made a simple recipe and used Playdough to make animals. All of the things they make are very simple, and with a little supervision parents could do the same activities with the children at home after the show has finished (great to fill in those long Christmas holidays when the ‘new’ toys have become ‘boring’). Often the things that they have made are used to create they’re own puppet show or story to show to Max and Judy. Newstime. At the end of most of the shows the Tweenies sit down and tell each other their news from the day. What they’ve done, what they’ve seen and what they’ve heard. This is a great idea as it encourages children to share what they’ve been doing with parents (or whoever looks after them). I think it sets a really great example of what we, as parents, should do with our children. As soon as they’re able to talk why shouldn’t they have their chance to tell us about their day – after all we expect to tell someone about ours. Tellytime. As un-educational as this sounds it is actually very good. During this section of the show the Tweenies sit down in front of the television (or computer) and learn something about ‘the big wide world’. For example, the other day they were shown a video of how electricity is made at a Scottish Power Plant. Sometimes they see Max visiting somewhere (like the trip to the Bristol Balloon Festival) and having a ride on something exciting – like the BBC hot-air balloon, other times they just watch a short informative video. When they use the computer they usually end up watching a video too, but we see them selecting what they want to watch using the mouse – giving children an introduction into IT. Storytime. During this time Max or Judy
sits down with the Tweenies and reads them a story. It always has a link to what they’ve been doing that day so that they’re able to compare what happens in the story to what happened to them. Sometimes they don’t read a story, but either act one out themselves, or Max or Judy makes one up using the 4 children as the main characters. Surprisetime. When the clock lands on this it will take them to a surprise activity – usually one of the above ones mentioned. Although they occasionally have trips out – to the Zoo for example. The whole show is extremely colourful and bright with all of the activities having a link to each other in some way or other. I must confess that I’ve been known to sit and watch the Tweenies when my son is busy playing behind the sofa (not at all interested in watching at that time). This is because the characters are so endearing, even to us adults. With its witty lines, bright colours and whacky tunes this is a definite thumbs up for the BBC. Some may complain that it’s too PC (Politically Correct) – I’m usually one that hates that type of thing. However, until I’d read a few other reviews on here about the show I’d never even considered it like that! I just know that my son always starts dancing as soon as the fun theme tune comes on (he's 15 months), and quite often watches several minutes before finding something else to play with. So if it keeps him happy........then I'm happy. If you want your children to have watch something fun, lively and educational then sit them down in front of the Television at any of these times: BBC2 – 9am (double bill) BBC1 – 3.30pm BBC Choice – 7.00am, 8.00am, 10.00am, 1.00am, 2.00pm, 4.00pm or 5pm (there are actually only two shows on BBC but they’re rotated throughout the day – not that your 2yr old would notice). For more information you ca
n visit the Tweenies website at www.bbc.co.uk/education/tweenies
Do you have a young child in your house, is finding something to keep them occupied driving you mad, then look no further than the mighty Tweenies. This group of 7 different characters has my 2 year old daughter glued to the screen for hours. The adventures of Bella, Fizz, Milo, Jake, Max, Judy and Doodles the Dog are the in thing for all under 5's. Although it will drive all of us adults nuts with their inane chatter, the children learn so much, from counting to colours and even as far as helping their speech. The repetitiveness of the show may well be enough to put us all off lunch, but your child will have the time of their lives as they reel off all of our favourite nursery rhymes and stories. An absolute necessity for the hard working mums at home, its is on BBC1 on a morning but turn to BBC Choice for a whole day of their capers. Forget Teletubbies, this gang knock spots off them
“Hey-hey, are you ready to play? It’s time to come and play with the Tweenies”. Now, if you’re not all that familiar with these colourful furry friends from the BBC, then the above little ditty will mean absolutely nothing to you. So, for a bit of enlightenment, and in the best tradition of children’s TV, let’s take a look through the square window……. So, who exactly are the Tweenies then? Simple. They are probably the most recognisable and lovable characters on children’s television today. Primarily aimed at pre-school children aged 3-5 years, they nevertheless captivate a whole range of children (and adults) with their shenanigans and carry-ons. It’s a show that features four “Tweenie” children, Bella, Milo, Fizz and Jake, all of whom attend the Tweenie playgroup, ably run by Judy and assisted by Max and his faithful Dog, Doodles. Tweenie children? They sound rather strange, don’t they? Well, yes, I suppose they are quite strange. For a start off, they don’t actually look like real children being all different colours, shapes and sizes, but unlike the dreaded teletubbies, at least they do “sound” like children. First up is “Bella”. She’s nearly 5, and is the bossiest little madam there ever was (frighteningly, my daughter Ellie is currently showing all the signs of turning into this one). Bella is the ‘blue’ character, with yellow fuzzy hair. She always seems to be harping an about being the tallest, eldest and cleverest. The other Tweenie kids quite often get fed up with her, end up shunning her, or playing tricks on her to get their own back. This just makes her stroppy and sulky. She’s a great sulker, Bella is, especially when she doesn’t get her favourite part of the beautiful princess or damsel-in-distress in one of the many plays and stories they
act out. To my liking, Bella is probably the most unappealing of all the Tweenies. Next up, comes “Milo”. He’s the cool, trendy kid, probably as a result of having an older brother. Milo is 4 years old, and purple with very trendy short black curly hair. He’s Jake’s best mate, although he occasionally forgets this and goes off with Bella to play more grown up games that Jake can’t quite manage. He’s also the practical joker of the group, frequently telling jokes that nobody quite understands, (although they all laugh) and playing tricks on the others. Will probably start a whole cult following of ???-a-rooney sayings, such as fab-a-rooney and the like. This is Ellie’s most favourite character, his effigy coming absolutely everywhere with us. We actually lost him once, but that’s another story altogether. Next there is “Fizz”. Fizz is the little Miss Sweet and Innocent of the group, very rarely, if ever, getting into any trouble. You know the type – sensible and quiet. She’s a 3 yr old (but nearly 4) wannabe ballerina, and is the yellow coloured Tweenie with red hair. There’s not actually a lot to say about Fizz really, in my opinion she is the most boring of the bunch, but I suppose she does help to keep the others in line to some respects. Finally, there is “Jake”, my personal favourite of them all, although Ellie much prefers his alter ego, Dotman. She can quite often be found with her Tweenie baking apron on like a superhero cape, running round the living room looking for all the “colours”. Bonkers, I know, but she is only 2½. He’s the youngest of all the Tweenies, at just 3 years old, and is quite comical, the way he gets confused and mixes his words up. He’s bright orange with what is probably the furriest yellow mohican haircut the world has ever seen. Jake’s the kind of character you just can’t help fe
eling sorry for though, as he is always being left out by the others, because he’s “too young”. Aww. One thing that I will always be grateful to Jake for though, is helping with our toilet training. We were having amazing problems getting Ellie to use the toilet, but as soon as she heard Jake say that he wanted to go, so did she, and she’s going quite regular now. She wanted to be a “big girl”, like Jake. Amazing! The three other characters in the show are the grown ups and the dog. Judy (or Aunty Judy in our house), is the playgroup leader, and there is Max (Grandad Max, for some reason), who helps Judy out in the playgroup. If the truth be known though, he seems to do far more work than Judy does, he certainly entertains them more. He’s a likeable old chap, who also has a pet dog, Doodles, the final character in our strange Tweenie world. So, I know who they are, but what do they do? Well, they play. All in an educational sort of way of course, and quite often with a moral message at the outcome, but basically the whole programme is a complete frenzy of colour, song, dance and mess. It isn’t just unorganised chaos either. No, it’s structured chaos. Structured via an amazing contraption called the “Tweenie Clock”. This clock has a huge button on it that someone presses to find out what they are going to do next. “Tweenie clock, where will it stop?” Well, at the start of the show, it always stops on yellow – song time. This is the part of the show where they do all of their singing and dancing, quite often with easy to follow actions that for some strange reason, you just can’t help joining in with. Then there is blue – messy time. This involves such things as model making, finger painting and generally making a mess. These two are usually the most enjoyable part of the show for
me, although Ellie also likes story time (red). They usually include some old classics as well as some modern stories. She must take it all in anyway, because she always remembers them if they are repeated. The next two activities I find quite similar. There is news time (orange) and telly time (green). These are the “educational” bits of the show, quite often involving a “field trip” of some sort into the real world, meeting real people. Quite a structured and varied show really. And that’s the Tweenies..or is it? Erm, yes, but… the Tweenies are much much more than a television show. They are a complete phenomenon, a marketing man’s dream. They have made their creators millions with their spin-off toys, records and videos, etc. They’ve even been turned into “pop stars”, having a nationwide sell-out tour, and appearing on Top of the Pops!!! They have their own website ( www.bbc.co.uk/education/tweenies/ ), which is just superb, with all the songs and stories listed for future reference, and they have dolls of themselves. Dolls that seem to have taken over our house. Everywhere I turn there is a Tweenie… Aaarghh. Which only leaves me to say --- Christmas No1 anyone?
My son started Playgroup on Monday and it was very difficult for me! I was very nervous but he was fine. When we returned home after his first morning, which he did enjoy I sat him front of the TV while I made his lunch, it just happened to be the tweenies that appeared on CBBC on Choice, the digital TV Channel from the BBC. This programme seems to grab his attention and imagination and as such is a brilliant diversion when I am off doing some housework or checking my emails!! The Tweenies are so bright and colourful and, to explain to anyone that doesn't have a pre-school child at home, there are 4 characters that are pre-schoolers and go to this Playschool/group called The Tweenies, they are Bella ~ She is the oldest and is blue with yellow hair and red top and shoes with yellow dungarees. Milo ~ He is the next oldest he is purple with black spikey hair, blue top and trousers and white shoes. Fizz ~ she is the nest oldest, she is yellow with red hair ( with beads in it!) and she loves pink and so wears all pink clothes. Jake ~ He is the youngest and is orange with yellow hair in a very strange hairstyle and he loves dots and so wears a dotty top with blue shorts and shoes. Now Bella as she is the oldest she thinks she knows everything and is constantly saying things like " I know this!!" or "this is the way it should be done!" Milo is a typical boy ( and yes I should know!) he loves fast cars and planes and space rockets and is very noisey most of the time (Just like Callum!). Fizz is very gentle and as I have said she loves anything pink and will colour everything in pink that she can. Whereas Jake being the youngest he still gets a lot of words mixed up and he often pretends to be dot man an imaginery super hero that he has created, so he can rescue anyone or thing that is in danger. Mondays episode was brilliant as they were searching for clues to the wher
eabouts of the tweenies dog Doodles who is a red and yellow dog. They couldn't find him anywhere, so one of the other characters Max, an older man with a bit of grey hair, told them to search for clues using a magnifying glass and a notebook, so they did. Hot on the doodles trail they first find his bone that he had discarded in a hurry, then they find his footprints in the sand pit. Then they trace his trail back to his beanbag and find sand on the beanbag and a hairbrush with red and yellow hair in it and laying besides the beanbag is his collar! They are thinking all kinds of highly imaginative things have happened to him like he has been taken by aliens and Fizz suggests that one of the aliens might be a hairdresser! They rush to tell Max what they have found saying that he should contact the police when Judy, the other carer walks in through the front door and guess who is with her..... yes its doodles of course and she explains exactly what happened to poor doodles! I think this is a very good programme for pre-schoolers like my son is now. It is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds but my daughter who is just 1 year old loves it too! They have a Tweenie clock which someone pushes and it tells them what is going to happen next like songtime, messy time, tele time, storytime or even surprise time. There is lots of merchandise associated with this programme I think you can probably buy anything with the tweenies on it these days but my son prefers to have Bob the Builder or Thomas the tank engine stuff, but they are all as expensive as each other. I love the songs and so does my son I find that I am singing them for most of the day. My advice to anyone with children under 5 is to let them watch it especially if you want 15 minutes peace and quiet!