Wubbzy helps children deal with the unknown

Wow Wow Wubbzy is a gem of a show that was created by Bob Boyle using Toon Boom and Adobe Flash Software.  The show has good intentions and funny story lines.  It teaches preschoolers important social skills.  The show also teaches children about sharing, responsibility, and self-awareness.

In one episode Wubbzy and his friends are preparing for a dance party at the Wubb Club. Madame Zabinga asks if Wubbzy has a band coming to play for the dance party. Wubbzy hadn’t thought about hiring a band. With only hours to spare, Wubbzy, Widget, and Walden form a band.  Widget plays the drums, and Walden plays the Horn.  No one thinks that Wubbzy is a good singer at first but then Wubbzy takes a risk and just sings. He actually turns out to be a pretty good singer.  They name the band the Wuzzles.

Bob Boyle knew that things don’t always turn out how we plan them.  He also knew that sometimes things turn out for the better, although we can’t always see that at first.  One of the reasons that he created Wow, Wow, Wubbzy was to help children cope with circumstances that are beyond their control, helping them understand that things may turn out for the better.  In other words, as Bob humorously puts it, “I want kids to know what to do when a robotic chicken is running amok!” If you are a fan of the show, check out our great selection of Wow Wow Wubbzy toys.

Barney: “I Love You” Never Gets Old

What’s not to love about the over-sized, oversensitive, lovable, cuddly purple dinosaur? I remember when Barney first came onto the screen, singing his famous, “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family!” song.  Every time I listen to it, it still makes me smile. No wonder this show is still on PBS and has been running strong since 1992.  Although Barney has been criticized in the past, Yale researchers Dorothy and Jerome Singer have discovered that the shows contain a great deal of age-appropriate material, and have called the program a “model of what preschool television should be.”

In every show, Barney starts out as a stuffed toy, but then comes to life. He teaches kids important lessons about manners, counting, numbers, letters, and imagination.  Barney’s friends often visit the show and tell stories to the children or take them on adventures.  Other friends that appear on the show include B.J. and Baby Bop.  Baby Bop constantly loses her blankie, but Barney always helps her find it.  Barney also has a bag of goodies in every episode, which is known as the Barney Bag.

In every episode, Barney loves and wants everyone to have a good time.  If you are craving even more Barney interaction, click here for a fun website where you can play some pretty spectacular games.  If your child is into Barney, be sure to check out our selection of Barney toys. We have plush dolls, DVDs, party supplies, and more.  In the words of Barney himself, “What a super-deeeee-duper idea!”

The Wiggles Walk into Huge Success

Nothing has stood the test of time like the Wiggles.  The group started in Sydney, Australia in 1991. The Wiggles consist of Murray Cook, Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher, Greg Page, and Jeff Fatt.  Murray met Greg and Anthony at Macquarie University, where they were studying to become preschool teachers. Cook himself was in a number of bands before meeting these two individuals.  After meeting they all collaborated to created a school project.  This ultimately led to producing an album and subsequent touring.

From the beginning, the Wiggles understood that children have a short attention span, like to move around, and like to feel that they have a job to do.  Taking this into consideration, one of the Wiggles, Jeff, pretended to be asleep during their routine. The other Wiggles would request the children’s help by asking them to help wake him up.  The children really responded well to this and became very engaged.  As a result, the Wiggles have had more success than many popular bands, including Coldplay.  It can be argued that the Wiggles are the most successful children’s entertainers, second only to Disney.

Click here to play more games with the Wiggles. Also, check out the Wiggles store for even more cool stuff you don’t want to miss!

Chuggington Makes Rails

Meet Wilson, Brewster and Koko, three railway locomotives, from the fictional town of Chuggington.  These three fancy locomotives share important values with children such as friendship, honesty, and listening.  Children also learn to resolve conflicts, be persistent, and finish tasks that they began.  These episodes are designed to teach important social-emotional skills in a way that helps preschoolers prepare for their beginning years of  childhood.  Honestly, with all of the wonderful children’s shows out there, you can’t help but be impressed with this one.

Although the show is computer generated, you know that you are getting a high quality show from the same creative team that helped to produce Bob the Builder.  The show is produced by Ludorum plc, a company that was founded in 2006 by Charlie Caminada, Rob Lawes, and Dick Rothkopf.  Rothkopf was the previous chairman of Learning Curve International, a company which designed and manufactured educational toys for children.

What’s most impressive about this series is the unique toys that are out there on the market. I have to admit, when I was a child, I absolutely adored trains.  You can physically move the trains anywhere, which helps to develop children’s kinesthetic skills. You can use your imagination to create a story where the train saves the day.  Your child will truly benefit from this toy.  There are so many options on this website. Check it out, we offer some pretty cool trains! Not to mention games, engines, and much more, perfect for any time of the year. In the words of the three “Trainees,” “Wheels to the Rails!”