New Cbeebies TV Programme Kazoops

Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to the world wide premier of a unique pre-school TV programme called Kazoops. Kazoops is the creation of children’s TV producers Cheeky Little Media, the team behind the show have a dream… to change the way children view the world. The question is did any of the three episodes we saw do just that?

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The main characters of the series are a six year old boy called Monty and Jimmy Jones the family pet pig. Its difficult not to fall in love with them, Monkey declared Monty his favourite right from the off. Although he wouldn’t pose to have his photo taken with the actor behind Monty’s voice. I think he was a little confused by the whole idea that there was a real live boy behind the animation!

Before we sat down the watch the three episodes Monkey had great fun taking part in some of the activities which had been set up. He gravitated towards the plasticine straight away and made his very own Jimmy Jones.

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Then he took part in a game where he needed to match socks in a bag, if he identified the correct odd sock then he won a prize. At the time he was doing this it did strike me as a little odd, after all what did odd socks have to do with a new kids TV programme? Probably something you may have asked yourself if you had seen my photos on social media. Well as it turns out quite a bit… In Kazoops Monty uses his vivid imagination to challenge preconceptions about life such as ‘you have to wear matching socks’. This was actually one of the episodes we saw. So what?

Well by challenging the preconceptions of society and life he is effectively demonstrating the value of critical thinking and creative play. It definitely rubbed off on Monkey, as we received a pair of odd socks in our little goodie bag. Monkey loved his so much that the following day, he insisted on wearing them to his friends Birthday Party, along with his superhero costume of course!

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This  would suggest that the programme has already started to influence his thinking. However the episode which struck a cord with me the most was one about Monsters. I won’t spoil it for you, but its a subject which is very well timed for us. Monkey moved into his new bedroom before Kipper made and appearance and in so doing so a new big boy bed. Which also happens to be a cabin bed and we have had a few instances of Monsters being in the house, and more specifically under the bed. These pesky monsters have therefore been causing a reasonable amount of upset at bedtime. He’s not alone, I know friends kids have experienced similar issues. Well Monty and Jimmy Jones put a whole new take on monsters, unsurprisingly to us adults, a very positive one. One which I have now been reinforcing with Monkey, its so simple I’m a little annoyed with myself for not having thought of it before. Has it worked? Well at bedtime tonight within five minutes he was out for the count. Now I can’t say that was down to Kazoops, but I do know monsters have not been mentioned since.

I must admit as a parent I like the ethos behind the show:

“….[Kazoops] In it we are keep to show children from an early age that its okay to question things and not take the world around them at face value. We want to inspire kids imaginations and foster the courage to thinks and see things differently”

Executive Producer – Patrick Egerton

So in answer to my questions at the beginning, Monkey’s behaviour would definitely suggest that his views are indeed changing. We have seen a couple of adverts for Kazoops since and he has asked that we put the show onto record for him. If you would like to find out more before the launch or for a sneak peak check out the Kazoops page of the CBeebies website.

Episode one which challenges the idea that you can only have one best friend is due to air on CBeebies at 4.20pm on Monday 20th June. I know we will be tuning in, I hope you do to.

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Linking up with PickNMix and TriedTested

32 Comments

  1. June 17, 2016 / 7:24 am

    That sounds like a great show. We’ll be checking it out I think 🙂

  2. June 17, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Thank goodness – anything to dilute the endless reruns of Mr Tumble & Let’s Play!! #picknmix

  3. Nige
    June 19, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Sounds a great show we will be checking it out #justanotherlinky

  4. June 20, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun and the new programme looks great! I think I enjoy kids TV as much as my boys do ha 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix lovely

    Stevie x

  5. June 21, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Sounds like it’s a brilliant kids programme, will have to get and watch it. And sounds like lots of fun was had! Thanks for linking up to #JustAnotherLinky xx

  6. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    June 21, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Sounds great! We will be tuning in. I love programmes that have an educational theme/moral story too. #TriedTested

  7. June 22, 2016 / 5:54 am

    My kids sat and watched Kazoops transfixed yesterday, while I was making tea. Tonight I will be watchng it with them as it sounds great. #BloggerClubUK

  8. Kate Orson
    June 22, 2016 / 6:10 am

    thanks for the headsup about this. We look forward to watching it soon! #BloggerClubUK

  9. June 22, 2016 / 6:17 am

    A show that helps with behavioural themes as well as being fun is definitely high on my agenda. #bloggerclubuk

  10. Sounds like you had a great day out, I like the idea of encouraging children to question things from such an early age. Glad you solved the problem of monsters under the bed. x

  11. June 22, 2016 / 6:41 am

    That sounds like a great show and one I would have wanted my kids to watch, if they weren’t already past that stage, LOL! I love the idea behind the show and I hope they stick with it and that the families who watch the show love it and start to see these little differences! Welcome back to hosting #bloggerclubuk

  12. June 22, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for this on TV! #bloggerclubuk

  13. June 22, 2016 / 7:26 am

    My little sister loves wearing odd socks and she has always pushed the creative boundaries!!! We will be sure to tune in #bloggerclubuk

  14. June 22, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Sounds like something my daughter would enjoy. Must keep my eyes peeled for this! #bloggerclubuk

  15. June 22, 2016 / 9:06 am

    We love CBeebies, they are so educational and interactive. My two with autism engage in it all a lot (as well as the other one). As a parent of kids who often see the world differently it will be interesting to see how they take to this. Wrong socks would be a no no in our home but learning this flexibility could be really important. Thanks for the heads up #BloggerClubUK

  16. Petite Library
    June 22, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Ooo looks interesting, love the purple haired fitness grandma! #BloggerClubUK

  17. June 22, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Aww this looks like such a lovely show. I wonder if it’s on catch up tv yet.Monkey looks like he had a fab time at the preview, and what a great idea to use games as a way to introduce the little ones to the episodes. Anything that addresses monsters in a positive way is a winner for me! #BloggerClubUK

  18. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    June 22, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    This looks like such a great show. I love the animation – it’s so crisp & clear. The pre-viewing activities seem perfect. What a fun day out for you & Monkey! #BloggerClubUK

  19. randommusings29
    June 22, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    This sounds fantastic, I love that they want children to challenge the norms. I’m pleased Monkey seems to have taken to it. I have seen your photos of the odd socks and I wondered what it was all about!
    Debbie

  20. Mess and merlot
    June 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Ooh I like the sound of this – if that’s Grandma with the purple hair then I already have a favourite 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  21. June 22, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    I like the sound of this show. I’ve seen it advertised but we’ve not yet managed to catch it on CBeebies yet – will have to try and watch it as I’m sure the girls would love it. Shows that help children to question things and think differently sound like a great idea and anything that helps with monsters under the bed will almost certainly get a thumbs up from me! #bloggerclubuk

  22. organisedjo
    June 22, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    This looks like a great show. I’m off to find it on iPlayer for my 5 year old to watch. I have a feeling she will love it. #BloggerClubUK

  23. June 22, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Sounds like a great show and event. I’ve recorded a couple of episodes and will see what my eldest thinks of it.

  24. Coombe Mill
    June 22, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Lots of fun and a great sounding program, it makes me want little ones again. #BloggerClubUK

  25. June 23, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Aww you guys are so lucky to have been invited to attend such a lovely preview. We watched the first three episodes of Kazoops this week and the little one absolutely loves it. Like you, I really like the ethos behind the programme and think it has been much more contructively created compared to lots of other childrens programmes! Emily #BloggerClubUK

  26. June 23, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Sounds great! I haven’t heard of it but I bet Mia would be interested. We will have to catch up with it! 🙂

    #BloggerClubUK

  27. June 24, 2016 / 6:53 am

    That sounds really interesting and a million miles away from the pious moralising of Mother Goose Club.

    Thanks for the tip off!

    #bloggerclubuk

  28. Double the Monkey Business
    June 26, 2016 / 6:32 am

    Oh interesting, I reckon my two would love this. Will need to record it for them. Thanks for the tip xxx #BloggerClubUK

  29. June 27, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    We’ll definitely be checking this out! I’m the perfect age for it and sounds like a winner! #BloggerClubUK xx

  30. June 28, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I was thinking at the start ‘oh god, another silly show they’ll be obsessed with!’ But I’m now thinking I may not mind this one! The characters are cute too! Will have to give it a watch. #BloggerClubUK

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