The Octonauts are a team of underwater explorers who have taken the pre-school world by storm with their fun catch-phrases, quirky personalities and brave adventures. Explore, Rescue, Protect! Anyone?
Because I try to limit the amount of TV Bliss watches, I am also careful about which shows she sees and I’ve been really impressed by this show. This is a good thing because, as I’ve mentioned before, Bliss is a devoted fan of the Octonauts!
Here are 5 reasons I think The Octonauts make great TV for kids…
I Bliss learns stuff! I have learnt a ton about sea life and Bliss has too – I’m always impressed by the way they integrate the non-fiction elements into the story in a way that’s fun and engaging.
2. It fosters imaginative play. Bliss can play “Octonauts” for hours and hours and though her characters have the same names as the ones in the show, the way she develops their personalities is a world apart. I love watching her explore her imagination and make up a whole world that she is so wonderfully captured by.
3. There’s no bad guy. I love that everyone works together, making their own unique contribution without it being saccharine.
4. Following on from the above point, there’s a great lesson in empathy that runs through each episode – with the characters having to see the world from someone else’s perspective. I love that!
5. The length! Each episode runs for around 11-13minutes. It’s enough time for me to get a load of washing on the line, or make a quick phone call without the episode finishing in the middle of it. It’s also easy to you can watch x number of episodes and then the TV goes off.
If you’ve never seen an episode before you can catch them on the ABC4Kids website here: The Octonauts or you can enter to win one of 3 new release DVDs of “To The Gups” below.
First prize is a copy of The Octonauts: To the Gups, Bananas in Pjamas: The Majic Trick (not yet released but will be available instore from Dec 1) and Yo-Gabba-Gabba (not yet released but will be available instore from Dec 1) . Total RRP $60
Second prize is a copy of The Octonauts: To the Gups RRP $19.99
Third prize is a copy of The Octonauts: To the Gups RRP $19.99
To enter please leave a comment below telling me about the favourite kids TV show in your household. The winners will be drawn after 5pm on Sunday 11th December.
Winners must have an Australian delivery address.
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